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Kevin Bonham
01-06-2019, 01:36 AM
Nana Dzagnidze
Aleksandra Goryachkina
Valentina Gunina
Kateryna Lagno
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Anna Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk
Tan Zhongyi

Winner plays Ju Wenjun for the title.

Hou Yifan isn't playing, citing prioritising study as she has a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.

MichaelBaron
01-06-2019, 02:48 AM
Hou Yifan isn't playing, citing prioritising study as she has a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.

Just a new excuse :). She has lost interest in the WWC a while ago. Not an entirely invalid excuse though as she has generally been playing little chess recently.

ER
01-06-2019, 06:58 AM
nevertheless a very impressive line-up!!
all four games ended in draws in R1 btw
the two sisters playing against each other called it a day on move 20

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2019, 01:23 PM
Gunina had a very good position, then a lost position, and then Lagno fell for the swindle:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.0-0 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bg5 f6 9.Be3 Nh6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.c4 Nf7 12.Nc3 Ne7 13.Qb3 Bxa4 14.Qxa4+ Qd7 15.Qb4 b6 16.Rfd1 Qc6 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Qd7 19.c5 bxc5 20.Bxc5 Nd6 21.Bxd6 cxd6 22.Rac1 0-0 23.Rc6 Rfb8 24.Qa3 Bf8 25.h3 Qb7 26.b3 Qb5 27.Qc1 a5 28.Nh2 f5 29.Qg5 Qb7 30.Rdc1 Qe7 31.Qd2 e4 32.Rc7 Qe5 33.Re1 Rb5 34.Rd1 a4 35.bxa4 Rxa4 36.Rc8 Rb2 37.Qh6 Qg7 38.Qf4 Raxa2 39.Rf1 Rc2 40.Re8 Qf7 41.Rb8 Rab2 42.Rxb2 Rxb2 43.Rd1 Qa7 44.Nf1 Bh6 45.Qh4 Kg7? [The bishop isn't actually threatened eg 45...Rc2 46.Rb1 Kg7 and if 47.Ra1 Qxa1 48.Qe7+ Kg8 49.Qe6+ Kf8 50.Qxd6+ (there is no 50.Qc8+) 50...Ke8 51.Qe6+ Kd8 52.Qd6+ Kc8 53.Qe6+ Kb7 54.Qe7+ Kb6 55.Qb4+ Ka6 56.Qd6+ Ka5 57.Qd8+ Kb4 58.Qb6+ Kc4 59.Qc6+ Kd3 60.Qb5+ Kd4 61.Qb6+ Kxd5 62.Qb3+ Rc4 63.Qb7+ Kd6 64.Qb8+ Rc7 65.Qd8+ Rd7 66.Qb6+ Ke7 67.Qb4+ Kf6 68.Qb6+ Kg7 and escapes] 46.Ra1! Qxa1 [46...Qc7 47.g4 Bf4 48.gxf5 g5 49.Qh5 Qf7 50.Ng3 e3 51.Qxf7+ Kxf7 52.Ne4 e2 53.Kg2 white might survive] 47.Qe7+ Kg8 48.Qe6+ Kf8 49.Qc8+ Ke7 50.Qc7+ Ke8 51.Qc8+ Ke7 52.Qc7+ Kf6 53.Qxd6+ Kg5 54.Qe7+ Kh5 55.g3 Bg5 56.Qxh7+ Bh6 57.Qe7 Bg5 58.Qh7+ Bh6 59.Qe7 Bg5 60.Qh7+1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
01-06-2019, 09:52 PM
Ian Rogers says there were musical distractions during the opening round, which might (my extrapolation and not necessarily Ian's!) explain some of that game.

ER
01-06-2019, 11:58 PM
haha I think that apart from tennis, and (not so sure about that) poker, chess players among sportspeople are too sensitive about noise and in this case music! :D
I clearly remember in the good old days maybe mid 80s an Australian chess international and many times national and state champ
listening to music from his walkman using earplugs while playing during an Australian championship tournament in Melbourne.
Max also uses earplugs connected to nothing, just in order to minimize external noise. Happened in Ballarat during a Begonia event 2-3 years ago.
Do you guys object to noise? music?
Some times I don't care some other times (particularly when I am losing) I hit the roof like I did in that same Begonia tournament where spectators had created a social club atmosphere!

Garvinator
03-06-2019, 07:53 PM
Hou Yifan isn't playing, citing prioritising study as she has a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.


Just a new excuse :). She has lost interest in the WWC a while ago. Not an entirely invalid excuse though as she has generally been playing little chess recently.

Have to agree with Michael here and I would probably go a little further in my criticism. Hou was extremely vocal in her criticisms of the previous Women's cycle and campaigned heavily in interviews and on social media to get the cycle changed to what 'the men play'.

Well, now the new EB of Fide have introduced a Women's cycle that is very similar to the Men's/Open, something that Hou repeatedly said that if introduced would see her playing again.

Now it has been introduced, including a full candidates tournament and then guaranteed match against the Champion, she is still nowhere to be seen.

I understand that life priorities change and so do her circumstances, but when you make a big song and dance about wanting the format changed to a particular type and state that only then you will play in the Women's World Championship cycle, and the Governing body changes for the format to exactly what you campaigned for, then either your previous statements were hollow, or you had another agenda.

Kevin Bonham
03-06-2019, 10:45 PM
Goryachkina - Lagno

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Ba3 cxd4 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.cxd4 Bg4 13.Bc5 Re8 14.Rb1 Qd7 15.Rb4 e5 16.dxe5 Qe6 17.Qb3 Bxf3 18.Qxe6 Rxe6 19.gxf3 Rxe5 20.Rc4 Rg5+ 21.Kh1 Bf8 22.Rfc1 Rxc5 23.Rxc5 Bxc5 24.Rxc5 Rc8 25.Kg2 Kf8 26.f4 Ke7 27.Kf3 Kd6 28.Ra5 Rc7 29.Ke3 Rb7 30.h4 Kc7 31.Ra6 Kd6 32.Kd4 Rb4+ 33.Kd3 Rb7 34.Kc4 Rb2 35.f3 Rf2 36.Rxa7 Rxf3 37.Rxf7 Ke6 38.Rxh7 Rxf4 39.Kd4 c5+ 40.Ke3 Rg4 41.a4 Ke5 42.Kd3 Rg1 43.a5 Ra1 44.Ra7 Ra4 45.a6 c4+ 46.Kc3 Kxe4 47.Ra8 Kf5 48.a7 Kg4 49.h5 gxh5 50.Rg8+ Kf3 51.a8=Q+ Rxa8 52.Rxa8 h4 53.Rh8 Kg3 54.Kd2 h3 [54...c3+ draws] 55.Ke3 h2 56.Rg8+ Kh3 57.Kf2 h1=N+ 58.Kf3 Kh2 59.Rh8+ Kg1 60.Rc8 Nf2 61.Rxc4 Nd3 62.Ke3 Ne5 63.Re4 Nc6 64.Re6 Nb4 65.Ke2 Nd5 66.Rg6+ Kh2 67.Kf3 Nc3 68.Rh6+ Kg1 69.Rc6 Nb5 70.Rc4 Nd6 71.Rc5 Kh2 72.Kf4 Kg2 73.Rc2+ Kh3 74.Rc6 Nb5 75.Ke5 Kg2 76.Rc2+ Kf1 77.Rc5 Na3 78.Rc3 Nb5 79.Rb3 Nc7 80.Rb7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
05-06-2019, 12:45 PM
Dzagnidze beat Gunina in round 4 and is leading on 3.5 from Goryachkina on 3.

MichaelBaron
05-06-2019, 05:34 PM
Dzagnidze beat Gunina in round 4 and is leading on 3.5 from Goryachkina on 3.

The Muzychuk sisters are the big underperformers so far ...while nobody expected Dzhagnidze to take the lead.

ER
05-06-2019, 05:48 PM
The Muzychuk sisters are the big underperformers so far ...while nobody expected Dzhagnidze to take the lead.

True. I was expecting better from Kateryna and Alexandra too!

Kevin Bonham
06-06-2019, 10:43 AM
Goryachkina - Tan

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 c5 6.0-0 Nc6 7.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Nbd2 c3 10.bxc3 0-0 11.Nb3 Be7 12.Nfd4 Nxd4 13.cxd4 Nd5 14.Na5 Bb4 15.Nc4 Bd7 16.Rb1 Ba4 17.Rf1 Bc3 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Ne3 Bxd4 20.Nxd5 b5 21.Bb2 Bxb2 22.Rxb2 Rfd8 23.Nc3 Rac8 24.Nxb5 Bxb5 25.Rxb5 Rd2 26.Rfb1 Rxa2 27.Rc5 Rd8 28.Kf1 Ra6 29.Rb7 Rh6 30.Rcc7 Rf8 31.h4 a6 32.f3 Rf6 33.g4 h5 34.g5 Rf4 35.Kg2 Rd4 36.g6 Rf4 37.Ra7 Rf6 38.gxf7+ R8xf7 39.Rxf7 Rxf7 40.Rxa6 Kh7 41.Ra4 Kg6 42.Kf2 Rc7 43.Ra6+ Kf7 44.Ra5 g6 45.Kg3 Rc1 46.Kf4 Kg7 47.e4 Rf1 48.Ra7+ Kf6 49.e5+ Ke6 50.Ra6+ Kf7 51.Kg5 Rg1+ 52.Kh6 Rh1 53.Rxg6 Rxh4 54.Rf6+ Ke7 55.Kg5 Rh1 56.Rh6 Rg1+ 57.Kf5 Rh1 58.Rh7+ Kf8 59.e6 Kg8 60.Ra7 h4 61.Ra8+ Kg7 62.e7 1-0

Goryachkina is leading now after Dzagnidze lost to Kosteniuk.

Kevin Bonham
07-06-2019, 06:54 PM
Goryachkina leads by 1.5 points after beating Dzagnidze. 8 to go.

ElevatorEscapee
07-06-2019, 10:22 PM
For the substitute for Hou Yifan, Goryachkina is certainly seizing her opportunity!

With a little over half the games to go, I wonder if the Muzychuks can still put their stamp on the tournament:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariya_Muzychuk#/media/File:2015_Ukrainian_postage_stamp_-_Muzychuk_sisters.jpg

Garvinator
07-06-2019, 11:31 PM
For the substitute for Hou Yifan, Goryachkina is certainly seizing her opportunity!

With a little over half the games to go, I wonder if the Muzychuks can still put their stamp on the tournament:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariya_Muzychuk#/media/File:2015_Ukrainian_postage_stamp_-_Muzychuk_sisters.jpg

Probably the biggest deal is not that Goryachkina has a 1.5 point lead over those on 3.5, but that she has a 2.5 lead over the next set of players. That is going to be tough to catch for those on 2.5. 2.5 behind with 8 rounds remaining and three players in front of you. Odds very slim for those on 2.5.

ER
08-06-2019, 04:58 AM
she's playing Mariya with White this coming round. Not going to be an easy task!

Capablanca-Fan
10-06-2019, 06:09 AM
Probably the biggest deal is not that Goryachkina has a 1.5 point lead over those on 3.5, but that she has a 2.5 lead over the next set of players. That is going to be tough to catch for those on 2.5. 2.5 behind with 8 rounds remaining and three players in front of you. Odds very slim for those on 2.5.

Now 20yo Aleksandra Goryachkina, the youngest player in this closely matched field, has a 2-point lead at the end of the first round of this double round robin, with 6.5 points (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/womens-candidates-2019/8/1/1).

MichaelBaron
10-06-2019, 02:53 PM
Now 20yo Aleksandra Goryachkina, the youngest player in this closely matched field, has a 2-point lead at the end of the first round of this double round robin, with 6.5 points (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/womens-candidates-2019/8/1/1).

She did have a lot of luck...but is certainly most consistent and hard-fighting player so far.

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2019, 09:42 AM
Goryachkina 2.5 points ahead now with five to play. Gunina basically gave her a full-point bye in round 9.

MichaelBaron
11-06-2019, 01:03 PM
Time to start finalizing details of the next WWC match :).

MichaelBaron
11-06-2019, 01:06 PM
Goryachkina's main coach is her father. Youri Goryachkin (as opposed to Kamsky's and Polgar's dads) is a chess master (his peak rating that he reached around 1990 was 2485 or so) who put his non-chess professional activities on hold to focus on assisting his daughter in developing her chess career.

One of those sacrifices that pay-off!

ElevatorEscapee
13-06-2019, 08:58 PM
Yeah, but divide her rating by three, and Goryachkina is just an average player rated under 900.

Laszlo Polgar on the other hand, produced 3 female chess superstars... added together, their top ratings were:

Sofia: 2540
Zsuzsa:2577
Judit: 2735

Lots! :D

MichaelBaron
14-06-2019, 01:31 PM
Yeah, but divide her rating by three, and Goryachkina is just an average player rated under 900.

Laszlo Polgar on the other hand, produced 3 female chess superstars... added together, their top ratings were:

Sofia: 2540
Zsuzsa:2577
Judit: 2735

Lots! :D

To have 3 chess playing girls in a family one needs not only to be good at chess coaching...but also at reproduction :)

Kevin Bonham
14-06-2019, 06:38 PM
Goryachkina still 2.5 points up with 3 to play so just about home as the challenger now.

Capablanca-Fan
15-06-2019, 12:00 PM
With a draw in a winning position against Tan Zhongyi (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/womens-candidates-2019/12/1/3), Goryachkina has maintained her 2.5-point lead, and has thus won the tournament with two rounds to spare.

ElevatorEscapee
15-06-2019, 07:11 PM
Suck on that, Magnus! :D