Goryachkina grabs the lead

by Johannes Fischer
1/18/2020 – With a convincing win in game eight, challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina took the lead in the Women's World Championship match against defending champion Ju Wenjun. After 8 of 12 games, it is now 4½ : 3½ to Goryachkina. | Photo: Eteri Kublashvili / wwcm2020.fide.com

A World Champion's Repertoire against the Queen's Gambit Declined A World Champion's Repertoire against the Queen's Gambit Declined

This DVD offers a complete repertoire for handling this solid opening, often featuring a dynamic approach to pose the opponent more practical problems. Both of the main continuations 3...Nf6 and 3...Be7 are covered in two separate parts.


A crucial win in Game 8

In games six and seven of the competition, Goryachkina had the black pieces twice in a row and was able to successfully neutralize her opponent's first-move advantage. In game eight, the challenger successfully took the initiative when it was her turn to move first. In a variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined, Goryachkina was able to demonstrate the advantages of her bishop and a compact pawn structure.

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With this victory, the 21-year-old Goryachkina has come a big step closer to winning the world title. Ju must now win at least one of the four remaining games to defend her title.

A clash of styles: Shanghai and Vladivostok | Photo: Official site

Match standings


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All games and commentary


Commentary by Nigel Short and Hou Yifan

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson


Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".