Women’s Candidates: Goryachkina advances to the semifinals

by Klaus Besenthal
12/4/2022 – At the Women's Candidates Tournament in Uzbekistan, the fourth classical games of the quarterfinals both ended in draws on Saturday. Thus, Aleksandra Goryachkina beat Alexandra Kosteniuk 2½-1½ and qualified for the semifinals, while Kateryna Lagno and Tan Zhongyi will decide their match in tiebreaks. | Photos: Timur Sattarov and Xushnud Baltaev

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Kosteniuk is knocked out

Saturday’s game between Aleksandra Goryachkina and Alexandra Kosteniuk had some interesting moments, although I guess we always have to keep this in mind: Goryachkina needed a draw, Kosteniuk needed a win. 


For Alexandra Kosteniuk this World Championship cycle is over

In the game between Kateryna Lagno and Tan Zhongyi, the game was balanced throughout. With all four games drawn, the players will have to decide their match in a tiebreak.

The tiebreak starts with four 15+10 games

Finally, a side note: in this tournament for women, two men were also allowed to play a (small) role today!

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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