Women's Candidates: Anna shows true grit
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 Muzychuk won a long game which ran for almost 5.5 hours. She kept dominating throughout the game.
Anna Muzychuk - Valentina Gunina, Round 13
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
According to Goryachkina, since she reached her goal, she lacked motivation to play more.
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.
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.