Women's Candidates: Gunina beats Zhongyi, Goryachkina extends her lead
Anna Muzychuk got a winning chance against Alexandra Kosteniuk after the latter's exchange sacrifice was dealt properly, but due to time pressure Anna missed it and the game ended up in a draw. Mariya declined a threefold repetition against Goryachkina in the endgame and it ended up in a draw eventually. Kateryna-Nana's game was a marathon game of 80 moves before a draw was agreed in a rook ending, although Nana had a decent advantage in early endgame. Gunina defeated former Women's World Champion Tan Zhongyi in Petroff's Defence after the former used her double bishops so well that Zhongyi had to give up the exchange. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Only Gunina is victorious in round 7
In Petroff's Defence, Tan Zhongyi had no difficulty equalizing with Black pieces, however Gunina executed a beautiful plan, maximizing the power of her double bishops in the endgame.
Valentina Gunina - Tan Zhongyi, Round 7
Anna was surprised by her opponent's 19.Ba4 as according to her, "It wasn't easy to find a solution".
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Anna Muzychuk, Round 7
Goryachkina-Mariya ended up in a draw after a prolonged endgame. However, Mariya almost had a half chance which she could have taken.
Aleksandra Goryachkina - Mariya Muzychuk, Round 7
With this draw, Goryachkina still maintains a 1.5 point lead over the competition | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Nana thought that she had a very good compensation when she sacrificed a pawn.
Kateryna Lagno - Nana Dzagnidze, Round 7
Round 8 will start on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:
Kateryna Lagno — Valentina Gunina
Aleksandra Goryachkina — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Tan Zhongyi — Nana Dzagnidze
Anna Muzychuk — Mariya Muzychuk
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.