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Women's Candidates: Muzychuk sisters score their first win of the tournament, Goryachkina extends her lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/06/2019

Anna Muzychuk scored her first victory of the tournament when she exploited her opponent Valentina Gunina's mistakes and slow plans. Mariya Muzychuk sacrificed an exchange in the endgame and created passed pawns which helped her to score a win. Despite dominating for the major part of the game and getting an almost winning position, Nana sacrificed a piece for which she did not get enough and eventually she lost. Tan started out well and got a good position, however she made a tactical error which cost her a couple of pawns and an exchange. Lagno did not give any chances and scored a full point. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Four decisive results in round 6

Anna Muzychuk scores her first win in Candidates against| Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

In Caro-Kann Exchange Variation, Gunina went for a Ne7-c8-d6 manoeuvre which Anna thought to be a good idea but it allowed her to do a lot and gain initiative which surprised her.


Anna Muzychuk - Valentina Gunina, Round 6

Black opted for a slow manoeuvre of Ne7-c8-d6. Find out the best plan for White here.

White has a lot of options here. What would you choose?

White has got the initiative here, but what is the best continuation for White here?
Anna analyzes her game with Miroshnichenko after the completion of it | Video: FIDE Chess

Mariya Muzychuk picked up her first win of the tournament against Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Kosteniuk equalized easily with the Black pieces in English Opening Four Knights variation.


Mariya Muzychuk - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Round 6

The game remained equal until this point. Mariya is presented an opportunity. Find out what it is.

White is completely winning. Find out the final winning plan for White here.
Kosteniuk talks about the game in the post-match interview (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess
Mariya analyzes her game (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess

Goryachkina seemed the most vulnerable against Nana | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Goryachkina managed to beat Nana who made a wrong sacrifice of a piece where Nana had huge advantage.


Nana Dzagnidze - Aleksandra Goryachkina, Round 6

A move like g5 shows Goryachkina's ambitions

Nana made an incorrect decision and went on to defend the g4 pawn with 48.Kf3. What should she have done instead?

Nana sacrificed her Knight with 49.Nxe4 which faded away all her advantage

The former Women's World Rapid and Blitz Champion Kateryna Lagno capitalized on her opponent's mistake in a seemingly difficult position | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Lagno got into trouble in the middlegame when her pieces lacked space and coordination. She ventured her Queen alone into enemy's territory, leaving her opponent to gain a multitude of tempi.


Tan Zhongyi - Kateryna Lagno, Round 6

In a position like 23...Qc2 certainly is not a good idea. What would you do here with White?

Black's Queen has no safe square to go to. How can White exploit that fact?

Tables have turned and it's Black who is in the driver's seat now. What is the best continuation for Black here?

One thing led to the other, White lost a couple of pawns and now has two minor pieces for a rook which was not enough to save the day for Tan Zhongyi
Kateryna Lagno analyzes her game with Elisabeth Paehtz | Video: FIDE Chess

7th June is a Rest day. Round 7 will start on Saturday 8th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:

Alexandra Kosteniuk — Anna Muzychuk

Aleksandra Goryachkina — Mariya Muzychuk

Kateryna Lagno — Nana Dzagnidze

Valentina Gunina — Tan Zhongyi


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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