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    FIDE World Women's Candidates Kazan May 31 - June 18

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post


    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.
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    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
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    Gunina had a very good position, then a lost position, and then Lagno fell for the swindle:

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    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.

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    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!
    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!
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    Hou Yifan isn't playing, citing prioritising study as she has a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.
    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    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.

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    Goryachkina - Lagno

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    Dzagnidze beat Gunina in round 4 and is leading on 3.5 from Goryachkina on 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    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!
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    Goryachkina - Tan

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    Goryachkina is leading now after Dzagnidze lost to Kosteniuk.

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    Goryachkina leads by 1.5 points after beating Dzagnidze. 8 to go.

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    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:
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElevatorEscapee View Post
    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...uk_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.

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