International Chess Federation
Thursday, 12 Mar 2020 21:25
WGP Lausanne: Goryachkina and Dzagnidze lead with one round to go

The tenth round brought some crucial results in the fight for the tournament victory. Aleksandra Goryachkina joins Nana Dzagnidze in the lead, while Zhansaya Abdumalik trails by half a point.

The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix is reaching its climax. Round 10 was extremely tense and some results had a crucial impact on the standings. The first symbolic move in the game between Aleksandra Goryachkina and Ju Wenjun was made by Lausanne Mayor Grégoire Junod. Both World Championship contenders followed a fashionable line where they felt comfortable in. The Chinese found herself under pressure after her opponent broke through in the center with the typical 19.d5 and 20.e5. Goryachkina played energetically and pushed the World Champion to collapse with a final mistake on move 34.

The Russian joined Nana Dzagnidze in the lead with 6½ points. The Georgian had to defend an unpleasant position against Alina Kashlinskaya and eventually held a draw.

The younger participant Zhansaya Abdumalik is having a great event. Today she beat Pia Cramling and moved to a sole third place before the last round. After playing several solid long games, the Swedish legend seems to get out steam, as she blundered mate in one.

The third decisive outcome the round was registered in the game between Antoaneta Stefanova and Mariya Muzychuk. The Bulgarian managed to outplay the Ukrainian in a slightly better endgame and scored her second victory in the event. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Marie Sebag delivered a very interesting fight. The French sacrificed a pawn for wonderful compensation, but the former World Champion handled the situation very well and managed to draw by perpetual check. The encounter between Harika Dronavalli and Anna Muzychuk was a balanced battle, that ended peacefully on the 31st move.

The last round starts at 11.30 on Friday. The tournament is raising to a climax ending, as both leaders Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina face each other. Zhansaya Abdumalik also has a chance to catch up with them if she beats Marie Sebag.

Results of round 10:

Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) – Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)  ½-½
Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) – Ju Wenjun (CHN) 1-0
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) – Marie Sebag (FRA)  ½-½
Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) – Pia Cramling (SWE)  1-0
Antoaneta Stefanova (BLG) – Mariya Muzychuk (UKR)  1-0
Harika Dronavalli (IND) – Anna Muzychuk (UKR)  ½-½

Standings after round 10:

1-2. Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) and Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) - 6½ points
3. Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) - 6
4-5. Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) and Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - 5½
6-8. Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) and Harika Dronavalli (IND) - 5 
9-10. Pia Cramling (SUE) and Ju Wenjun (CHN) - 4 
11-12. Marie Sebag (FRA) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) - 3½

Program of the 11th and last round, 13 March at 11:30 am:

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) – Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS)
Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) – Harika Dronavalli (IND)
Pia Cramling (SWE) – Antoaneta Stefanova (BLG)
Marie Sebag (FRA) – Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ)
Ju Wenjun (CHN) – Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 
Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) – Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS)

Follow all the action live with commentary by grandmasters Mikhail Gurevich and Keti Tsatsalashvili on the tournament website

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Text: Yannick Pelletier
Photos: David Llada