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Women's Candidates: Goryachkina unstoppable, Kosteniuk scores a win

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/06/2019

Kosteniuk scored the only win of the round when she defeated Gunina, who again pushed too hard. Gunina exclaimed, " I just want to finish. It's really too long for me, I am not ready for this tournament." All three other games ended up in a draw. Goryachkina was never in trouble against Lagno, who was the closest to have any chance of narrowing the gap but Goryachkina prevailed and maintained her lead by 2.5 points. Anna had an uneventful draw against former Women's World Champion Tan Zhongyi. Mariya had a half chance against Nana but that also ended up in a draw. Both Anna and Mariya are tied at the third spot at 5.0/10 each after Lagno is who at 5.5/10. Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Kosteniuk victorious first time since round 5

Kosteniuk would be happy to finally get a win after four rounds since her last win | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Gunina in a post-match interview said, " I just want to finish. It's really too long for me, I am not ready for this tournament."


Alexandra Kosteniuk - Valentina Gunina, Round 10

Gunina got surprised as early as move 4.d4

White has an advantage here. Find out the best continuation for White.

How should White continue here?

Kosteniuk got her much needed victory and revenge. Their score against each other is 1-1 in the tournament | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Gunina talks about how she feels about the tournament | Video: FIDE Chess
Kosteniuk analyzes her game with commentator Paehtz | Video: FIDE Chess
Lagno was unable to reduce the gap between her and the leader Goryachkina | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Neither Lagno nor Goryachkina was in grave danger throughout the game. However if anything then Lagno got a half chance to start making things go her way, although it was not much.


Kateryna Lagno - Aleksandra Goryachkina, Round 10

After 22...Qc6, Lagno captured the c5 pawn. She could have gone for something else, find out what

The draw was the only half point Lagno scored against Goryachkina in the Candidates | Photo: Kateryna Lagno
Kateryna Lagno talks about the game (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess
Goryachkina's post-game interview (Russian audio) | Video: FIDE Chess

Anna had an uneventful draw against Tan Zhongyi | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

"It has been a rather boring game" - Anna describing her game with Tan Zhongyi


Anna Muzychuk - Tan Zhongyi, Round 10

Anna got surprised by Tan's choice of playing 9...Kh8

Anna scored her only half point against Tan Zhongyi, finishing with 0.5-1.5 against her | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich
Anna talks about her game, tournament situation and more | Video: FIDE Chess

Mariya got a half chance but it was definitely not easy to convert | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

"In the beginning it was fine, but later somehow I managed to play so terribly" - Nana on how she fared in the tournament so far.

Mariya Muzychuk - Nana Dzagnidze, Round 10

Nana saw White's threat still she played 19...Rad8. What did she allow?

It might not be enough in a practical game, but Mariya could have taken a chance here. What is the chance for White here?

Mariya scored 0.5-1.5 against Nana in the Candidates | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili
Nana talks about the game and her tournament situation | Video: FIDE Chess
Mariya talks about the game and how she spent her free day | Video: FIDE Chess


Goryachkina leads after round 10 with a score of 8.0/10 | Photo: Official site


Round 11 will start on Thursday 13th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:

Valentina Gunina — Nana Dzagnidze

Kateryna Lagno — Mariya Muzychuk

Aleksandra Goryachkina — Anna Muzychuk

Tan Zhongyi — Alexandra Kosteniuk


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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