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Grand Prix Lausanne (Women) Tournament

Nana Dzagnidze7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina7/11(+3 -0 =8)[games]
Zhansaya Abdumalik6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Alina Kashlinskaya6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Anna Muzychuk6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Dronavalli Harika5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Ju Wenjun4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Pia Cramling4.5/11(+0 -2 =9)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Marie Sebag4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Grand Prix Lausanne (Women) (2020)

The Lausanne FIDE Women's Grand Prix was a 12-player round-robin held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 2-13 March 2020, with a rest day on 8 March. It formed the third of four stages of the 2019-2020 FIDE Women's Grand Prix, which determines two places in the 2021 Candidates Tournament. 16 players compete in the series, each playing in three of the four events. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. The prize fund was 80,000 euros, with 15,000 euros and 160 Grand Prix points for the winner. No draw offers allowed before move 30. Tournament director: Maxim Korshunov.

Nana Dzagnidze won on tiebreak ahead of Goryachkina, both with 145 Grand Prix points (GP):

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 GP 1 Dzagnidze 2509 * 1 1 0 1 1 7 145 2 Goryachkina 2579 * 1 1 1 7 145 3 Abdumalik 2461 0 * 1 1 1 6 110 4 Kashlinskaya 2485 * 0 1 1 6 85 5 Muzychuk, A 2535 0 * 1 1 6 85 6 Stefanova 2453 0 0 * 1 1 5 60 7 Harika 2517 1 0 * 1 0 5 60 8 Muzychuk, M 2551 0 * 1 5 60 9 Ju Wenjun 2583 0 0 1 0 * 4 35 10 Cramling 2475 0 * 0 4 35 11 Kosteniuk 2482 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 4 15 12 Sebag 2443 0 0 0 * 4 15

Category: XI (2506). Chief arbiter: Sava Stoisavljevic

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Previous GP event: Grand Prix Monaco (Women) (2019). Next: Grand Prix Sardinia (Women) (2020)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Goryachkina vs A Kashlinskaya  ½-½352020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)E81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. Kosteniuk vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½422020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B50 Sicilian
3. Z Abdumalik vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½332020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
4. A Stefanova vs M Sebag  ½-½342020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. D Harika vs P Cramling ½-½372020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. A Muzychuk vs M Muzychuk  ½-½162020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
7. A Goryachkina vs Kosteniuk 1-0542020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)E17 Queen's Indian
8. N Dzagnidze vs Z Abdumalik 1-0312020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Ju Wenjun vs A Stefanova  ½-½302020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D85 Grunfeld
10. M Sebag vs D Harika  ½-½302020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. P Cramling vs A Muzychuk  ½-½682020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
12. A Kashlinskaya vs M Muzychuk  ½-½302020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M Muzychuk vs P Cramling ½-½452020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. A Muzychuk vs M Sebag 1-0382020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B25 Sicilian, Closed
15. D Harika vs Ju Wenjun 1-0542020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C49 Four Knights
16. A Stefanova vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½492020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)E77 King's Indian
17. Z Abdumalik vs A Goryachkina  ½-½152020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. Kosteniuk vs A Kashlinskaya  0-1572020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
19. Kosteniuk vs Z Abdumalik 0-1372020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
20. A Goryachkina vs A Stefanova 1-0482020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
21. N Dzagnidze vs D Harika  0-1272020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)A48 King's Indian
22. Ju Wenjun vs A Muzychuk  ½-½562020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D85 Grunfeld
23. M Sebag vs M Muzychuk  ½-½302020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. A Kashlinskaya vs P Cramling  ½-½582020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. P Cramling vs M Sebag  ½-½392020Grand Prix Lausanne (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  Sokrates: <Octavia: I wonder what happened to young Kosteniuk>

So did I, so I took a look at her defeats.

Against Goryachkina she trapped her own rook and had to sacrifice a central pawn (28.-d4) to free it. You can't bestow that gift to one of the four strongest women in chess today without consequences.

Against Kashlinskaya I think 16.g4 was a premature, almost desperate attempt to attack black's king's position, and it turned out that she had fatally weakened her own king's position. Kashlinskaya felt her fall-back and exploited it greatly.

Against Abdumalik her game plan on the Ruy appeared a bit sloppy. After the loss of the vital d-pawn her "attack" petered out and left her with a lost endgame.

What was a common factor in those defeats? A lack of concentration? Of a workable plan? Of patience? I don't know. Perhaps she doesn't either, but I think she needs to concentrate, make better plans and be more patient if she wants to prevent a disasterous result in this tournament.

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  moronovich: <What was a common factor in those defeats? A lack of concentration? Of a workable plan? Of patience? I don't know. Perhaps she doesn't either, but I think she needs to concentrate, make better plans and be more patient if she wants to prevent a disasterous result in this tournament.>

She sometimes appears to me,to be somehow restless.Or to eager.Which is close to the same in my book.

Mar-07-20  Octavia: thx for these explanations - very interesting

at least she won once again!

She's the most elegant women of them all.

Mar-08-20  waustad: The present and former WWCCs are a combined -5. Youth is being served here as of the half way point, though the legendary Pia Cramling is still hanging in there.
Mar-08-20  Octavia: do exceptions prove the rule?
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  Sokrates: Pia Cramling is now 56, and it's highly admirable that she, as <waustad> says <is still hanging in there>. Her first registred games are dated in 1980, 40 years ago!

In this tournament, the world champion seems to relax a bit. Which is perfectly understandable, considering the programme she has gone through the past few months.

Excluding the "dormant" Hou Yifan from the equation she is still a clear no. 1 of the women, with Koneru and Goryachkina in a close follow.

I repeat my humble wish: A double robin 4 players classic with Hou, Ju, Koneru and Goryachkina. That would, I think, be the most important and spectacular event ever in the history of women chess.

Rex, are you reading this?

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  jith1207: Completely agree, though I didn't expect Muzychuk sisters to fall off the top category not long ago.

I think everyone of us wondered what happened to Kosteniuk, few rounds into this tournament.

Though she has got a win with white pieces, her rating has slipped below 2500 and she seems to have lost that competitive edge lately.

Women's Chess seems to get lot of sponsors nowadays at least to have a top tournament once in a month, I guess that demands more time, effort and continuous engagement with the game more than ever before. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, considering a long career and managing personal life. Just my thought.

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  Sokrates: <jith1207: ...Just my thought.> And well-reasoned thoughts they are, <jith>. It's the known balance between being an amateur and a professional. In the old, but still living gender-stereotypes, men are allowed to roam freely while their wives should remain domiciled and take care of the children and the house-keeping.

I don't know whether the women in this tournament and in the elite as such are subject to those traditions, but it is a sad fact that their opponents aren't just their sisters in a tournament, but also society, family and friends in their private spheres. Women in top positions in businesses constantly tell the same story about being accused of neglecting their children and men while pursuing their careers. That is never said about men.

Mar-09-20  Octavia: It would be nice if men and women worked less! Once this happens across the board the difference between men & women will be slight & we won't need women's days anymore
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  Annie K.: Hmm... with all the talk about the health hazards of playing in the Candidates in Russia, did anyone notice that these women here are meanwhile playing in Switzerland, right next door to high-risk Italy, and not a peep about it?
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  Annie K.: <Sokrates> nice lineup! Though for a real showdown I'd still add Judit Polgar, and maybe the Kosintseva sisters too for wildcards. ;)
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  Sokrates: Agreed, <Annie K.>, it would be great to see Judit Polgar step onto the stage again, but, unfortunately, it is highly unlikely. Instead, I take great pleasure in reading her regular column in New in Chess. Very instructive, entertaining and enjoyable.
Mar-12-20  Boomie: With Dzagnidze and Goryachkina playing in the last round, only they can win the tourney. Abdumalik can't win since she lost to Dzagnidze. If Dzagnidze loses then Goryachkina would have 7.5 points. If Dzagnidze and Goryachkina draw, then Dzagnidze wins because she has more wins than Goryachkina. Therefore Dzagnidze has draw odds in the final game.

5. 8. 2. Tie-breaks

If the top two (2) or more players score the same number of points, the tie is to be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority:

a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.

b) The number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie.

c) Sonneborn - Berger System.

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  HeMateMe: Kosteniuk lost 5 games! No longer the queen of the board.
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  paavoh: Final round, all draws. Dzagnidze wins on a tiebreak comparison over Goryachkina.
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  Annie K.: Tiebreaks don't like Goryachkina. :s
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  Sokrates: Notably, the world champion was +1 -3 =7 while her recent challenger got +3 -0 =8. Ju Wenjun must be really tired of playing chess now. I think she has pushed herself too hard of late. She should take a breake - unfortunately there aren't many places to go on vacations these days.

Congrats to Dzagnidze and Goryachkina. Somehow a tiebreak without games never satisfies, but rules are rules. It's only fair that the player with most victories wins the tiebreak.

Mar-14-20  SChesshevsky: <...Ju Wenjun must be really tired of playing chess now. I think she has pushed herself too hard of late...>

Yeah. Brutal schedule with the championship, Cairns and now this. Her play seems to show it too. Didn't seem to play that well at Cairns and was probably lucky to score as well as she did. Her loss here to Goryachkina was just ugly.

But AG's showing here and another win against the champ is probably an added boost for that already tough player. If I were her team, I might want to try to set up some unofficial, exhibition type rapid or blitz matches with guys like Shirov, Svidler, Gelfand or even Karpov. Thinking that it would have to help her speed chess and even any decent showing would probably add confidence.

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  Annie K.: But yeah, Goryachkina should have tried a little harder too, if she wanted to win. Note that two of her Black games were not only short draws, but <identical> ones: Z Abdumalik vs A Goryachkina, 2020 and M Sebag vs A Goryachkina, 2020.
Mar-14-20  SChesshevsky: <...Goryachkina should have tried a little harder too, if she wanted to win...>

Can't dispute that. I'm figuring one reason for her going to the Berlin Ruy and taking some quick draws could be that she seems to moving the Caro out of being her go-to 1.e4 response. First stop seems to be 1...e5 with the Ruy and Berlin. Guessing that she did a lot of work for the WC and is now comfortable cruising with it. Though wouldn't be surprised if another more active Ruy variation is added to her rep at some point.

What would be interesting is if she also plays more Caro-like cramped but maybe more dynamic French's, Scandanavian's or Pirc's. That would likely offer exciting games but also might be a sign that she feels increasingly confident in her chess understanding.

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  Sokrates: <SChesshevsky: ... If I were her team, I might want to try to set up some unofficial, exhibition type rapid or blitz matches with guys like Shirov, Svidler, Gelfand or even Karpov.>

Agreed, but I think all the, say top six women would benefit greatly from playing with men stronger than themselves. Both Judit and Hou increased the quality of their game by doing that. Koneru, Ju, Goryachkina and Dzagnitze are almost equal in strength - they could learn much more by playing significantly stronger opponents.

They would probably lose a game or five, but was it not Capablanca who said that he had learned much from his (few) defeats than from his many victories?

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  jith1207: Congrats to Dzagnidze for winning the tournament and getting an early lead in Grand Prix.

Goryachkina is strongly making a comeback at the world championship though, with this tremendous effort after losing the championship in tie breakers.

Mar-16-20  Nf8: <Congrats to Dzagnidze for winning the tournament and getting an early lead in Grand Prix>

This was the 3rd out of 4 legs in the series, so it can hardly be an early lead... What it does give her is a decent chance to be the 2nd qualifier from the series to the next Candidates alongside Humpy Koneru, depending on the results of the final leg in Sardinia.

[Overall standings - ; 2 players are supposed to qualify for the next Candidates and Goryachkina is already qualified as the runner-up of the last cycle, so she's irrelevant to the standings.]

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  HeMateMe: Pia cramling, sill hanging in there! The pepsi generation!
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  jith1207: Thanks, <Knight who stole the place of Black's King Bishop>
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