Women’s Candidates R7: Lei beats Vaishali

by Carlos Alberto Colodro
4/12/2024 – The frontrunners in the Women’s Candidates Tournament faced each other in round 7, with Tan Zhongyi keeping the lead after holding Aleksandra Goryachkina to a 40-move draw with the black pieces. The one decisive game of the day saw Lei Tingjie beating Vaishali R. This was Lei’s second win in a row, which leaves her tied for third place with 4/7 points. | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

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A draw in the clash of frontrunners

Tan Zhongyi has managed to keep the sole lead between the very first round and the halfway mark (after round 7) in the Women’s Candidates Tournament. On Thursday, the Chinese GM faced top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina, who remains undefeated in sole second place, a half point behind the leader. Tan had the black pieces, and the game ended in a 40-move draw.

Standing a half point behind Goryachkina are Kateryna Lagno and now Lei Tingjie. Lei lost her first-round encounter against Tan, drew all her games between round 2 and round 5 and then scored back-to-back wins over Nurgyul Salimova and Vaishali R. In her victory over Vaishali, Lei out-calculated her Indian opponent out of a double-edged Italian Opening.

No player in the women’s tournament finished the first half with a fifty-percent score. Salimova stands in fifth place with 3/7 points, while Vaishali is sharing last place with Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk, each with 2½/7 points.

In the first seven rounds, Tan played four games with the black pieces, while Goryachkina, her closest chaser, played four games with the white pieces.

Results - Round 7

Aleksandra Goryachkina

Aleksandra Goryachkina | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Lei 1 - 0 Vaishali

Analysis by André Schulz

Lei Tingjie, Vaishali Rameshbabu

Lei Tingjie facing Vaishali Rameshbabu | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Expert analysis by WIM Svitlana Demchenko

More photos from round 7

Tan Zhongyi

Sole leader Tan Zhongyi signing autographs | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Anastasiya Karlovich, Anna Muzychuk

Anna Muzychuk sharing a laugh with well-known commentator and photographer Anastasiya Karlovich | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Kateryna Lagno, Nurgyul Salimova

Kateryna Lagno v. Nurgyul Salimova | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Candidates Chess Tournament 2024

The playing hall in Toronto | Photo: FIDE / Michal Walusza

Standings after round 7

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Carlos Colodro is a Hispanic Philologist from Bolivia. He works as a freelance translator and writer since 2012. A lot of his work is done in chess-related texts, as the game is one of his biggest interests, along with literature and music.
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