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Women's Candidates: Goryachkina is a win away from winning the Candidates

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/06/2019

Valentina Gunina wins a marathon game against Nana Dzagnidze, after Nana missed Gunina's terrible blunder in the middle game. Gunina fought for almost 6 hours and 106 moves before she secured the full point after suffering two consecutive losses. Kosteniuk self-destructed as early as move no.15 and it was all downhill from there. Tan had no difficulty converting her advantage to a win. Anna Muzychuk becomes the first woman who remains unscathed against Goryachkina in the tournament as she made another draw in their second encounter. Mariya kept pushing but Lagno did not budge and at the end they had to settle for a draw. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Gunina wins a marathon, Tan Zhongyi makes a short work of Kosteniuk

Gunina gets a win after suffering consecutive losses in the last two rounds | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Gunina won a marathon game against Nana which lasted almost six hours consisting of 106 moves.


Valentina Gunina - Nana Dzagnidze, Round 11

Gunina said that Nana found a beautiful move in this position. Can you find it?

Gunina completely blundered here with 21.Qxe2. Can you find out the immediate win for Black here?

Do you think White can win this? If yes then find out how

Gunina's woes are gone for now as she scored a victory after suffering two consecutive losses | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Gunina analyzes her game and talks about a lot of things | Video: FIDE Chess

Kosteniuk distracted? Tan Zhongyi made a quick work of the Chess Queen in just 32 moves | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Kosteniuk self-destructed as early as in move no.15. After that it was just a matter of time before Tan Zhongyi scored a full point.


Tan Zhongyi - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Round 11

Kosteniuk's first mistake was 14...g6

Her next mistake was in the following move 15...f6

Kosteniuk's 19...Rfd8 allows White to play a pretty move. Find out what that is.

Tan Zhongyi scored 1.5-0.5 against Kosteniuk in the Candidates | Photo: Kateryna Lagno
Kosteniuk talks about what went wrong | Video: FIDE Chess

Anna becomes the first woman who remains unbeaten against Goryachkina in the tournament | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich

Goryachkina tried to surprise Anna as early as 7.Qa4 which made Anna think for almost 8 minutes. However, neither side were ever in trouble. The game reached to an endgame where all four minor pieces were present and moves were repeated to make a draw at the conclusion of 30th move.


Aleksandra Goryachkina - Anna Muzychuk, Round 11

Goryachkina played the unusual 7.Qa4

Anna remains the only so far who did not get annihilated by Goryachkina in the Candidates | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Post-match interview with Anna (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess

Mariya kept trying throughout the game but Lagno did not give her any chance | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Lagno talks about the game, other games she follow during the tournament and more | Video: FIDE Chess
Mariya talks about the game and the tournament situation| Video: FIDE Chess


Goryachkina leads after round 11 with a score of 8.5/11 | Photo: Official site


Round 12 will start on Friday 14th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:

Mariya Muzychuk — Valentina Gunina

Nana Dzagnidze — Alexandra Kosteniuk

Tan Zhongyi — Aleksandra Goryachkina

Anna Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno


Watch all games live here from 5:30 p.m. IST


The organizers are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan. The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.

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