Women's Candidates, Round 6: Goryachkina Gets a Massive Gift
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:29AM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2019 Women's Candidates, Aleksandra Goryachkina

It was quite the round today/yesterday, as all four games were decisive. The Muzychuk sisters both won - finally. Kateryna Lagno defeated Tan Zhongyi with the black pieces (though from what was early on a lost position). And in the most important game of the round, Aleksandra Goryachkina bounced back from a (thoroughly) lost position to defeat her main rival (so far), Nana Dzagnidze. The first half of the game was well played by Dzagnidze, but in the second time control she squandered some of her advantage and then all of it, and then achieved a lost position by continuing to press. She had one last chance to save the game afterwards, but missed the opportunity and went down to defeat.

Goryachkina thus finds herself in a fantastic position, with her 5/6 score leaving her a point and a half clear of Dzagnidze and Lagno, her closest competitors. Eight rounds remain.

Round 7 is on Saturday, as Friday is a rest day. Here are today's games, with notes to all but Tan Zhongyi vs. Kateryna Lagno.

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