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Kateryna Lagno or Aleksandra Goryachkina - Who will win the FIDE Astana GP?

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/09/2022

GM Kateryna Lagno made a quick 13-move draw with GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) to maintain her lead 7.5/10 at FIDE Astana GP. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina also drew her game with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, to maintain her chase 7/10. IM Vaishali drew with IM Polina Shuvalova by forcing a perpetual check. She has scored 4.5/10 and had a good tournament so far. In the final round, Vaishali will be up against Goryachkina who would certainly go for maximum in her effort for the tournament triumph. Who do you think will win the tournament - Lagno or Goryachkina? Round 11 starts today at 12:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali draws with Shuvalova

Four out of six games ended in 30-moves or less. It is quite obvious, since everyone wants to save their energy for the crucial last round.

IM Vaishali R certainly had a good tournament so far | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Shuvalova - Vaishali: 0.5-0.5

IM Polina Shuvalova (2510) and IM Vaishali R (2449) had a short 20-move draw by perpetual check.

Kashlinskaya - Jiner: 0-1

IM Alina Kashlinskaya (POL, 2491) launched an interesting attack against WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN, 2464).

Position after 17.Rxe6

First White sacrificed her bishop 16.Bxh6 gxh6 and then she played 17.Rxe6. Black cannot take the rook because 17....fxe6 18.Qg6+ Kf8/h8 19.Qxh6+ followed by Ng5 will be devastating for Black. Thus, 17...Qf4 was played. 18.Rxc6 is the best way to continue Bxc6 19.Ne5 and White can find some semblance in the position. 18.g3 just crushed the position for White after Nb4 19.gxf4 Nxd3 20.Rxf6 Bxf6 21.Rxd3 Rxd4 22.Re3 Rxe3 23.fxe3 Rd3 24.Kf2 Bxc3 and White resigned as there was not much left to go on.

Zhu Jiner: "When she played Bxh6 and Rxe6 I was very surprised" | Video: FIDE

WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) is now at sole third place 6/10 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Bibisara - Paehtz: 0-1

IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 2443) already had an unpleasant position against IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2477).

Position after 35.f3

35.f3 weakens the e3-pawn and it becomes an easy target. 35...Nd6 36.Nf4 Nc4 37.Re1 h4 the theory of creating second weakness, when there is already one 38.gxh4 Qe7 Black is completely winning positionally and she won the game in the next few moves.

Elisabeth Paehtz: "Maybe we need a representative who'd speak for top women players" | Video: FIDE

IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) scored her second win of the event | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Final position: GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) - WGM Dinara Wagner (GER): 1-0

GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) finished the game against WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) with a very nice checkmate 45.Bc1#


GM Ilya Smirin, one of the official commentators of this event, was removed from the broadcast team due to sexist comments. FIDE's statement on sexist remarks:


During yesterday’s Women's Grand Prix live broadcast, one of the announcers expressed some very embarrassing comments.


Although we have great respect for Grandmaster Ilya Smirin as a chess player, the views he expressed on air are completely unacceptable, offensive, and do not represent any of the values that FIDE stands for. Therefore, we unreservedly apologise to all those who were offended. Additionally, GM Smirin will not continue as a FIDE commentator with immediate effect.


FIDE not only strives to increase women's representation in professional sports and official positions but also to change the perception of chess as purely a men's world. Our community has to be a place where women feel safe and respected. Therefore, any action that carries disrespect, sexism or physical, verbal or emotional assault is unacceptable.

WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, Uzbek-born, now representing USA, brought the inappropriate words in a clip to everyone's notice. It prompted FIDE to take swift action.

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Replay Live Commentary of Astana Women's GP Round 10 with GM Pavel Tregubov and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: FIDE

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Round 10 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
IMShuvalova Polina½ - ½IMVaishali R
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra½ - ½GMKosteniuk Alexandra
GMLagno Kateryna½ - ½GMAbdumalik Zhansaya
IMKashlinskaya Alina0 - 1WGMZhu Jiner
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara0 - 1IMPaehtz Elisabeth
GMTan Zhongyi1 - 0WGMWagner Dinara

Round 11 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
WGMWagner DinaraIMShuvalova Polina
IMPaehtz ElisabethGMTan Zhongyi
WGMZhu JinerIMAssaubayeva Bibisara
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaIMKashlinskaya Alina
GMKosteniuk AlexandraGMLagno Kateryna
IMVaishali RGMGoryachkina Aleksandra



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