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Women's Candidates: Anna shows true grit

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/06/2019

Goryachkina made a quick draw as according to her, she reached her goal so lacks motivation to play more. Anna won a long battle which went for almost 5.5 hours. She played the endgame beautifully to stop Gunina's winning streak. Kosteniuk ended her losing streak by defeating Mariya when she made a few bold decisions which was rewarded with a full point. Kateryna Lagno drew with Tan Zhongyi in Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence when Zhongyi kept looking for chances but Lagno managed to handle the situation well and stay out of trouble in the penultimate round. Photo: Official site 

Anna wins a long battle

Anna defeated Gunina for the second time | Photo: Official site

Anna Muzychuk won a long game which ran for almost 5.5 hours. She kept dominating throughout the game.


Anna Muzychuk - Valentina Gunina, Round 13

Gunina made the unusual choice of playing 11.Nh7.

Black has been winning for quite sometime but what is the best continuation for Black after 43.Rg8

After 50.Kd2, where should Black move his Knight?

Gunina's final attempt to stir up some trouble with 56.a6 but Black is still completely winning this comfortably. How?

Black has an important decision to make. Which way should the King go?

Gunina's winning streak was brought to a screeching stop by Anna | Photo: Official site
Anna analyses her game (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess

Kosteniuk turned things around by ending her losing streak | Photo: Official site

Kosteniuk was prepared to play c3 against Sicilian, Mariya wanted to surprise her with 2...Nf6, but Kosteniuk made sure the game transposed to her preparation.


Alexandra Kosteniuk - Mariya Muzychuk, Round 13

Kosteniuk's played 2.e5 to transpose it to her preparation

According to Kosteniuk, this only helped her to launch an attack on the Kingside

Kosteniuk made a bold decision here. Find out the best continuation for White here after 33...Qe2

Mariya's 37...Rc2 was a huge mistake, find out why

With this win, Kosteniuk evened the score with Mariya in the tournament, 1-1 | Photo: Official site
Kosteniuk analyzes her win with commentator GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko | Video: FIDE Chess
Mariya talks about what went wrong | Video: FIDE Chess

Goryachkina made a quick draw with Nana | Photo: Official site

According to Goryachkina, since she reached her goal, she lacked motivation to play more.

Post-match interview with Goryachkina (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess

Zhongyi kept pushing but Lagno was never in any real danger | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Lagno and Zhongyi's game turned out to be a meek draw arising out of Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence. Zhongyi had some substantial advantage at certain points of the game, but it was never enough to convert it into a full point.

Kateryna Lagno talks about her game| Video: FIDE Chess


Goryachkina made a quick draw, Anna scored a win | Photo: Official site


The final round game, Round 14 will start on Monday 17th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:

Anna Muzychuk — Alexandra Kosteniuk

Mariya Muzychuk — Aleksandra Goryachkina

Nana Dzagnidze — Kateryna Lagno

Tan Zhongyi — Valentina Gunina


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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