Tan Zhongyi advances to Women’s Candidates final

by Klaus Besenthal
12/10/2022 – Tan Zhongyi won the fourth classical game of her semifinal match against Aleksandra Goryachkina on Saturday at the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Khiva. It was also the last game of this competition. In view of the three draws previously signed, this victory qualified Tan to play the tournament’s final, where she will face her compatriot Lei Tingjie. | Photo: Timur Sattarov / FIDE

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Two all-Chinese matches await

After Pool B of the Women’s Candidates Tournament came to an end in Khiva, only Chinese players remain in competition at the World Championship cycle. Tan Zhongyi, the winner in Uzbekistan, will face Lei Tingjie, winner of Pool A, to decide who will face Ju Wenjun, the reigning world champion. The final of the Candidates between Tan and Lei is scheduled to take place early next year, while the World Championship match between the winner and Ju is supposed to be played during the summer.  

In Saturday’s game, Aleksandra Goryachkina found herself in a clearly inferior position following a tactical error in the late opening phase, but was later able to all but restore the balance after her opponent played an inaccurate move.

But a well-known situation decided the game later on: after a tense, quite successful defence, another mistake followed!


Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina was the last non-Chinese player to be eliminated from the current Women’s World Championship cycle | Photo: Timur Sattarov / FIDE

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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.