Women's Candidates Round 3: Goryachkina and Dzagnidze in joint lead
Round 3 in Women's Candidates saw all four games to have decisive results and surprisingly all of them were from white pieces. Gunina tricked her opponent Kosteniuk by opting for Scotch game. Kateryna Lagno missed multiple opportunities to save her game against the youngest player of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina. Former Women's World Champion Tan Zhongyi made a couple of lucky escapes as her opponent Anna Muzychuk suffered second consecutive defeat. Nana Dzagnidze accepted Mariya Muzychuk's pawn sacrifice early in the middle game and won comfortably. We have reigning Asian Women's Champion IM Padmini Rout analyzing Goryachkina and Lagno's game in this report. Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich and Shahid Ahmed
Four decisive results, White wins in all
Kosteniuk in a post-match interview admitted that she was surprised by her opponent's choice of opening and in her opinion Scotch is a tricky opening.
Valentina Gunina - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Round 3
According to Kosteniuk, Gunina found an interesting idea here. Can you find it?
Kosteniuk was surprised that Valentina castled in this position.
As per the Chess Queen Kosteniuk, Gunina missed something here:
Kosteniuk says, "I think this was the key moment of the game", realizing what she missed here:
Kosteniuk considered e4 but she thought Bd6, Be5 might exchange the dark squares Bishops.
Aleksandra Goryachkina - Kateryna Lagno, Round 3
Padmini Rout analyzes Goryachkina vs. Lagno from Round 3
Tan Zhongyi - Anna Muzychuk, Round 3
Nana Dzagnidze - Mariya Muzychuk, Round 3
Monday 3rd June is a rest day. Round 4 will start on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 3 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST. Here are the pairings:
Nana Dzagnidze — Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Tan Zhongyi
Anna Muzychuk — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno
Since Round 1 there has been some issue with the music being audible from the playing hall
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.