Women's Candidates: Goryachkina scores her fifth win of the tournament
Tournament leader Aleksandra Goryachkina continued her winning streak when she defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk after the latter blundered a piece in an already difficult situation. Nana Dzagnidze self-destructed when she gave away her Queen for Rook and Bishop against Tan Zhongyi. After which it became almost impossible for her to make a comeback in the game. Anna Muzychuk and Mariya Muzychuk made a quick draw. Valentina Gunina and Kateryna Lagno also ended in an uneventful draw. Round 8 was the second match with the same opponents as round 1 with a reversed color. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Goryachkina still unbeaten
In QGD Ragozin Defence, Kosteniuk had no difficulty equalizing with the black pieces. However, in the middle game Goryachkina shuffled her pieces and placed them better and gained more space.
Aleksandra Goryachkina - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Round 8
Tan Zhongyi - Nana Dzagnidze, Round 8
Round 9 will start on Monday 10th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Kateryna Lagno
Valentina Gunina — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Tan Zhongyi
Nana Dzagnidze — Anna Muzychuk
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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.