Women's Candidates round 5: Goryachkina is back in the lead and still undefeated
Aleksandra Goryachkina outplayed former Women's World Champion Tan Zhongyi in a Double Rook endgame with unbelievable precision to get back into the lead. The youngest in the fray is not only the sole leader, but also the only undefeated player in the tournament so far. Valentina Gunina missed an easy win in time pressure against Mariya Muzychuk. Alexandra Kosteniuk got lucky as overnight leader Nana Dzagnidze blundered in time pressure in a normal position, according to her. Kateryna Lagno had better for most of the game but Anna Muzychuk managed to trick her opponent and save half-a-point. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Goryachkina outplays Zhongyi in the endgame, Nana suffers her first loss
In an Open Catalan opening, Tan Zhongyi equalized easily with Black pieces. Goryachkina started pushing for a win at the endgame.
Alexandra Goryachkkina - Tan Zhongyi, Round 5
Gunina will definitely not be smiling about the fantastic opportunity she had missed. Then again she was in time pressure like the rest of her tournament, according to her.
Valentina Gunina - Mariya Muzychuk, Round 5
The Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk opted for the Alapin variation in Sicilian Defence to which Nana had no difficulty equalizing.
Alexandra Kosteniuk - Nana Dzagnidze, Round 5
Nana herself was not sure why she put her Knight on a3. She added that she lost the game in two moves in a normal position.
Anna found a very nice trick in the end to equalize the position from a difficult situation. Lagno later admitted that she missed this.
Kateryna Lagno - Anna Muzychuk, Round 5
Round 6 will start on Thursday 6th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:
Anna Muzychuk — Valentina Gunina
Mariya Muzychuk — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Nana Dzagnidze — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Tan Zhongyi — 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.