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Mariya becomes the only player to beat Goryachkina at Women's Candidates

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/06/2019

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

Mariya's biggest takeaway from the tournament would be to beat Goryachkina in the final round | Photo: Official site

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

Goryachkina made the dubious choice of playing 8...Qxb2

Black's King is misplaced and lacking in development of pieces. Find out the correct plan for White here.

Mariya found a brilliant move for White here, can you find it?

If you found the answer to the last diagram, you can find this too. It is an echo to the last position.

After 30...Nd4, find out the best move for White here. Hint: The obvious move is certainly not the best one

Mariya might not be happy with her overall performance, but she will definitely be delighted for her final round victory over Goryachkina | Photo: Official site
Mariya analyzes her game with the commentator GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko | Video: FIDE Chess
Aleksandra Goryachkina talks about the game and more (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess
Anna said, "Upto some extent, I think" when she was asked if she was happy with her performance | Photo: Official site

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.

Anna finished with 1.5-0.5 score against Kosteniuk at the Candidates| Photo: Official site
Anna talked about her performance in the tournament, the final round game and more | Video: FIDE Chess
Kosteniuk talked about the game and how she fared in the tournament | Video: FIDE Chess

Nana and Lagno's game was an uneventful draw | Photo: Official site
Nana Dzagnidze talks about her final round game and more | Video: FIDE Chess
Kateryna Lagno talks about her performance in the tournament and more | Video: FIDE Chess

Tan Zhongyi avenged her loss against Valentina Gunina | Photo: Official site

Gunina played another marathon game and eventually succumbed to defeat in a Queen-Rook endgame arising out of Giuco Piano.


Goryachkina finished at the top, Anna Muzychuk finished 2nd and Kateryna Lagno finished third | Photo: Official site


Watch all completed games here


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.