Mariya becomes the only player to beat Goryachkina at Women's Candidates
Mariya Muzychuk's only redemption of the tournament is that she defeated the Women's Candidates Champion and the new challenger for Women's World title, Aleksandra Goryachkina. After suffering two consecutive losses, Mariya was determined to finish the tournament on a high note and that is exactly what she did. Both Anna and Kosteniuk played safe and made a draw. Nana and Lagno had an uneventful draw. Tan Zhongyi handed Gunina her seventh defeat in another marathon game. Photo: Official site
Mariya's redemption in the final round
After losing two consecutive rounds, heading into the final round, Mariya was facing the 'unbeaten' Goryachkina. Mariya had nothing to lose, so she went all guns blazing and it rewarded her handsomely.
Mariya Muzychuk - Aleksandra Goryachkina, Round 14
Both Anna and Kosteniuk admitted that they opted for a safe opening, however Anna did not draw the game because she just needed a draw in the final round to secure 2nd position.
Gunina played another marathon game and eventually succumbed to defeat in a Queen-Rook endgame arising out of Giuco Piano.
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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.