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FIDE Candidates (Women) Tournament

Aleksandra Goryachkina9.5/14(+6 -1 =7)[games]
Anna Muzychuk8/14(+4 -2 =8)[games]
Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Tan Zhongyi7/14(+4 -4 =6)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze6.5/14(+4 -5 =5)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Valentina Gunina5.5/14(+4 -7 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
FIDE Candidates (Women) (2019)

The FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament was an 8-player double round-robin taking place in the Nogai Hotel in Kazan, Russia from May 31 - June 17, 2019. The winner received 50,000 euros out of the 200,000 euros prize fund, but more importantly would play reigning champion Ju Wenjun in the next Women's World Championship match. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. A rapid playoff would only take place if players tied for 1st place were not separated by 1) their head-to-head result, 2) number of wins and 3) Sonneborn-Berger score. (1) Participants: Lagno, Mariya Muzychuk and Kosteniuk were selected as semifinalists of the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2018). Anna Muzychuk, Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Goryachkina (who replaced Yifan Hou, who declined the invitation) and Dzagnidze qualified by rating.

Aleksandra Goryachkina won with 9.5/14 and qualified for the Ju - Goryachkina Women's World Championship Match (2020).

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Goryachkina 2522 ** ½½ 1½ 1½ 1½ ½0 ½1 11 9½ 2 Muzychuk A 2539 ½½ ** ½1 0½ 01 ½½ ½½ 11 8 3 Lagno 2554 0½ ½0 ** 1½ ½½ 1½ ½½ ½½ 7 4 Tan Zhongyi 2513 0½ 1½ 0½ ** ½1 ½0 ½1 01 7 5 Dzagnidze 2510 0½ 10 ½½ ½0 ** 1½ 01 10 6½ 6 Muzychuk M 2563 ½1 ½½ 0½ ½1 0½ ** 10 ½0 6½ 7 Kosteniuk 2546 ½0 ½½ ½½ ½0 10 01 ** 01 6 8 Gunina 2506 00 00 ½½ 10 01 ½1 10 ** 5½

Category: XII (2532). Chief arbiter: Hal Bond.

At the closing ceremony, a brilliancy prize was awarded to Maria Muzychuk for M Muzychuk vs A Goryachkina, 2019. Video:

Official site: Regulations: ChessBase: TWIC:


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Gunina vs Lagno ½-½602019FIDE Candidates (Women)C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Kosteniuk vs A Goryachkina  ½-½612019FIDE Candidates (Women)C60 Ruy Lopez
3. N Dzagnidze vs Tan Zhongyi ½-½322019FIDE Candidates (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
4. M Muzychuk vs A Muzychuk ½-½202019FIDE Candidates (Women)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. Tan Zhongyi vs M Muzychuk  ½-½452019FIDE Candidates (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. A Muzychuk vs N Dzagnidze 0-1422019FIDE Candidates (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. A Goryachkina vs V Gunina 1-0922019FIDE Candidates (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
8. Lagno vs Kosteniuk  ½-½302019FIDE Candidates (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
9. N Dzagnidze vs M Muzychuk 1-0602019FIDE Candidates (Women)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. V Gunina vs Kosteniuk 1-0582019FIDE Candidates (Women)C45 Scotch Game
11. A Goryachkina vs Lagno 1-0802019FIDE Candidates (Women)D85 Grunfeld
12. Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk 1-0432019FIDE Candidates (Women)E60 King's Indian Defense
13. M Muzychuk vs Lagno 0-1562019FIDE Candidates (Women)C55 Two Knights Defense
14. A Muzychuk vs A Goryachkina  ½-½372019FIDE Candidates (Women)C53 Giuoco Piano
15. N Dzagnidze vs V Gunina  1-0302019FIDE Candidates (Women)C01 French, Exchange
16. Kosteniuk vs Tan Zhongyi  ½-½392019FIDE Candidates (Women)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. Lagno vs A Muzychuk  ½-½312019FIDE Candidates (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
18. A Goryachkina vs Tan Zhongyi 1-0622019FIDE Candidates (Women)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Kosteniuk vs N Dzagnidze 1-0422019FIDE Candidates (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. V Gunina vs M Muzychuk  ½-½722019FIDE Candidates (Women)B40 Sicilian
21. Tan Zhongyi vs Lagno 0-1722019FIDE Candidates (Women)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. A Muzychuk vs V Gunina  1-0452019FIDE Candidates (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. M Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk  1-0492019FIDE Candidates (Women)A22 English
24. N Dzagnidze vs A Goryachkina  0-1702019FIDE Candidates (Women)A06 Reti Opening
25. V Gunina vs Tan Zhongyi 1-0492019FIDE Candidates (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
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May-29-19  botvinnik64: The sisters meet in the first round! Oh man, that has got to be tough. And both of them have excellent chances here. I'm thinking Kosteniuk's class will show the way, though. (Only one player outside the old USSR playing?)
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  Annie K.: <The sisters meet in the first round! Oh man, that has got to be tough. >

Well, luckily this isn't a Knockout event anymore. I'd expect a quick draw.

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  perfidious: A speedy draw indeed, with the most probable opening being off the board as a prop at Ladbrokes, I am sure.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Strongest women's tournament in history? In any case, would not dare to pick a winner; this field looks too tough.
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  hoodrobin: Why there is not Hou Yifan? When did she drop out? Sorry I can't remember that.
May-30-19  paavoh: @hoodrobin: it is all in here:
May-30-19  botvinnik64: @hoodrobin: is reporting in their article on the tournament that Yifan was interested in playing, but (basically) there was a conflict with her school schedule. (She's on the path to a Master's in Education at Oxford). It's nice to know that she's interested in "returning" to the game.
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  HeMateMe: both Muzy sisters are in but no Hou--a shame.

Why do these tournaments have to be in central Asia every year? Can't New York or Paris put up some money?

May-30-19  Billy Vaughan: It would've been interesting to do a sisters vs. sisters event between the Muzychuks and the Kosintsevas when they were active
May-31-19  rcs784: It's not at all surprising the Muzychuk sisters are playing each other in the first round. Candidates tournaments (both men's and women's) normally pair players from the same federation together in the early rounds to reduce the potential risk of collusion (a la Curacao 1962)--that's why, for instance, Caruana was paired against So in the first round in Berlin last year and Kramnik against Grischuk. Obviously, with Anna and Mariya being sisters, this is an even more logical precaution to take.

P.S. The Kositseva sisters used to be notorious for playing prearranged against when paired against each other in major tournaments.

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  hoodrobin: Thank you <paavoh> and <botvinnik64>!
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  Sokrates: <botvinnik64> <...It's nice to know that she's interested in "returning" to the game.> Thanks for this info and I certainly agree. Although the present tournament is quite strong, I think Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun would push it into another league.
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  whiteshark: Rd 1 -> 4 draws

Them Muzzys drew within minutes, both Rusky pairrings took 60 resp 61 moves and finally Dzag-Tan a Petroff draw in 32.

May-31-19  botvinnik64: @whiteshark - funny! Interesting to see the 4 Russians really battle it out long after the other two games were decided peacefully. It looked as if Lagno was winning near the time control (I guess Gunina blundered in time pressure, I wasn't following at the time), but alas the "threat" of perpetual induced the splitting of the point. The tournament will heat up, no worries.
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  sonia91: Rd 3 -> 4 decisive games

Today both Muzychuk sisters lost.

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  Annie K.: White is OK! ;)
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  morfishine: Four games, four decisive games????

What year is this?

Jun-02-19  SChesshevsky: Wow, who would guess that Kosteniuk, Lagno, and M. Muzychuk would all go down in the same round? Impressive is young Goryachkina's willingness and ability to get and close winning endgames. Anybody know who's her coach or trainer?
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  HeMateMe: the elite Muzychuk sisters are being muzzled. Perhaps only a temporary situation.
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  sonia91: Today Mariya lost again, while Anna drew and now after 4 rounds both are at the bottom of the table.
Jun-05-19  paavoh: Surprised by Gunina's choice of openings, is she trying just to wing it? Does not seem a proper preparation.
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  Count Wedgemore: <paavoh> Agreed. I never liked the 4.Bd3 line in the Sicilian that she played against Mariya Muzychuk ("hey, you're blocking your own d-pawn!"), but it should be followed up by an immediate 0-0. SHe played 5.Bb2, but it didn't seem like ingenious preparation, just a waste.

Lagno's win with Black over the same opponent was nice, a thematic exchange sacrifice that gave her the upper hand.

Jun-06-19  James J. Henderson: As of today, June 5, 2019, Goryachkina is leading with a score of 4/5. It is very early in the tournament, but if she goes on to win, how do you assess her chances against Ju Wenjun? It seems they have never played at classical time controls; in rapid and blitz games Ju has a commanding lifetime lead over Goryachkina, though a couple of those games took place when Goryachkina was 14 years old.
Jun-06-19  SChesshevsky: <Goryachkina...her chances against Ju Wenjun?> She might not be there yet but has serious potential. I'd look for three things to build necessary confidence. First, beating an ex world champion. She just accomplished this v. Tan Zhongyi. Second, beating a serious men's GM. She apparently beat Mamedov recently. Third, at least having winning chances against the current champion. Don't think she has shown that yet.

Likely a real contender after gains some more experience and understanding plus some increased confidence.

Jun-06-19  fabelhaft: <Why do these tournaments have to be in central Asia every year?>

Kazan is neither in central Asia nor in Asia. Hardly surprising that this the first women抯 Candidates tournament in more than 20 years is held in Russia. If it should be held anywhere else in the future, Asia would be the best alternative given that all top players (everyone from #1 to #19, followed by 34-year-old Paehtz and 56-year-old Cramling, who are no western prodogies these days) are from Eastern Europe or Asia.

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