Women's Candidates, Round 10: Draws at the Top
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 6:55PM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Women's Candidates

Kateryna Lagno had a chance to inject a little drama in the event. In second place, two and a half points behind Aleksandra Goryachkina and facing her with White in the ante-ante-antepenultimate round, a ray of hope remained. The ray expanded as she achieved a large, nearly winning advantage in the early middlegame. The key was to play Ne5, and while she eventually played it, it was too late by then. Goryachkina drew, and barring a collapse for the ages the tournament has been decided.

There was only one winner on the day, and it came in a game between players in last place. Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated Valentina Gunina in a game that was poorly played by both sides, at least through the first 18 moves. The Muzychuk sisters could have caught up to Lagno had they defeated their opponents, but both games finished in draws.

The games, with notes to those not involving Muzychuks, are here. Here are the pairings for round 11:

Gunina (3.5) - Dzagnidze (4.5)
Tan Zhongyi (4) - Kosteniuk (4.5)
Goryachkina (8) - A. Muzychuk (5)
Lagno (5.5) - M. Muzychuk (5)

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