Women’s Candidates: Tan knocks out Lagno, reaches semis

by Klaus Besenthal
12/4/2022 – At the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Khiva, Tan Zhongyi and her opponent Kateryna Lagno played the tiebreak of their quarterfinal match on Sunday. Tan won the first 15+10 game and drew the next three encounters to make it to the semifinals, where she will face Aleksandra Goryachkina in a similar 4-game match starting Tuesday. | Photos: FIDE / Timur Sattarov

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A win and three draws

Kateryna Lagno lost the first game after failing to calculate carefully enough in a critical situation — or perhaps she lacked optimism.

 

Russian and Chinese players have often dominated the women’s World Championship cycle

After a draw in the second game, Lagno got a winning position in the third, but could not convert her advantage into a full point.

 

In the final fourth game Lagno was also winning, this time in an endgame with an extra pawn, but once again Tan was able to save the draw. The Chinese won the tiebreak by a 2½-1½ score, thus advancing to the tournament’s semifinals.

Tan will face Aleksandra Goryachkina, starting Tuesday. A total of four classical games are again set to take place, as well as a tiebreak if necessary.

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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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