2019-06-17

Fide Women's Candidates 2019

Fide Women's Candidates Tournament is an 8-player double round-robin held in Kazan, Russia from May 31 - June 18. The winner will challenge Ju Wenjun for the world title and a €200,000 prize fund.
Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1
Tiebreaks :  1) head-to-head result, 2) Number of wins, 3) Sonneborn-Berger tiebreaks. If all equal a rapid playoff will take place.
Players:  Dzagnidze, Nana; Goryachkina, Aleksandra; Kosteniuk, Alexandra; Tan, Zhongyi; Lagno, Kateryna; Muzychuk, Mariya;  Gunina, Valentina; Muzychuk, Anna

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    May 31, 2019    12:00 
Round 2    Jun 1, 2019    12:00 
Round 3    Jun 2, 2019    12:00 
Round 4    Jun 4, 2019    12:00 
Round 5    Jun 5, 2019    12:00 
Round 6    Jun 6, 2019    12:00 
Round 7    Jun 8, 2019    12:00 
Round 8    Jun 9, 2019    12:00 
Round 9    Jun 10, 2019    12:00 
Round 10    Jun 12, 2019    12:00 
Round 11    Jun 13, 2019    12:00 
Round 12    Jun 14, 2019    12:00 
Round 13    Jun 16, 2019    12:00 
Round 14    Jun 17, 2019    12:00


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2019-06-16

Silver Lake Open 2019

Silver Lake Open 2019 is a 9-round Swiss tournament, held between 16th and 23rd June 2019 in Silver Lake, Serbia.
Time control: 90 min. for 40 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    2019/06/16    15:00
Round 2    2019/06/17    07:00
Round 3    2019/06/17    15:00
Round 4    2019/06/18    15:00
Round 5    2019/06/19    15:00
Round 6    2019/06/20    15:00
Round 7    2019/06/21    15:00
Round 8    2019/06/22    15:00
Round 9    2019/06/23    07:00

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You can see games from previous issues of the tournament with computer analysis at ChessBomb:
Silver Lake Open A 2018 and Silver Lake Open B 2018
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2017
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2016
Silver Lake Chess Festival 2015


2019-06-15

Karpov Poikovsky Tournament 2019

The 20th  edition of the International Chess Tournament  named on A. Karpov is a 10-player round robin, held in Poikovsky, Russia between June 6th to15th 2019. The event.
Ttime control: 100 min. for 40 moves, and 50 min. for 20 moves, then 15 min.until the end of the game, with a 30-sec. increment from move 1.
Players: Fedoseev, Vladimir; Jakovenko, Dmitry; Mamedov, Rauf; Artemiev, Vladislav; Kovalev, Vladislav; Sasikiran, Krishnan; Wang, Hao;  Korobov, Anton; Esipenko, Andrey;  Saric, Ivan

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    2019/06/06    10.00
Round 2    2019/06/07    10.00
Round 3    2019/06/08    10.00
Round 4    2019/06/09    10.00
Round 5    2019/06/10    10.00
Round 6    2019/06/11    10.00
Round 7    2019/06/13    10.00
Round 8    2019/06/14    10.00
Round 9    2019/06/15    08.00


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Czech Women's Championship 2019

Czech Women's Championship 2019 is a 10 rounds round robin tournament, held from 15th to 23th of June.

Players: Kanakova, Natalie; Olsarova, Karolina; Pychova, Nela; Sikorova, Olga; Laurincova, Kristyna; Novosadova, Kristyna;  Havlikova, Kristyna; Kulovana, Eva; Miturova, Magdalena; Rodshtein, Tereza

Official site

Schedule: Rounds are every day at 13:00 UTC

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2019-06-14

La Regina - Cattolica 2019

The 1st Weekend Tournament "La Regina - Cattolica" 2019, organised by the  ASD Accademia Scacchistica La Regina Federation Italy (ITA) is held between 14th and 16th June in Cattolica, Italy.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1  14 June 18.30
Round 2  15 June 07.00
Round 3  15 June 13.30
Round 4  16 June 07.00
Round 5  16 June 13.30

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Altibox Norway Chess 2019

Altibox Norway Chess is a 10-player round-robin tournament, held from 3-15 June in the Clarion Energy Hotel and Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger.
The event is featuring Magnus Carlsen and most of the top 10 players.
Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 61.
A win is worth 2 points. In case of a draw, which gives the players half a point, an Armageddon game follows, which is worth a point. In case of a tie for first at the end of the tournament a playoff will be played among all tied players.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round Classic  1              Jun 4, 2019    15:00 
Round Armageddon 1      Jun 4, 2019    21:00 
Round C2                       Jun 5, 2019    15:00 
Round A2                       Jun 5, 2019    21:00 
Round C3                       Jun 6, 2019    15:00 
Round A3                       Jun 6, 2019    21:00 
Round C4                       Jun 8, 2019    15:00 
Round A4                       Jun 8, 2019    21:00 
Round C5                       Jun 9, 2019    15:00 
Round A5                       Jun 9, 2019    21:00 
Round C6                       Jun 10, 2019   15:00 
Round A6                       Jun 10, 201    21:00 
Round C7                       Jun 12, 2019  15:00 
Round A7                       Jun 12, 2019   21:00 
Round C8                       Jun 13, 2019   15:00 
Round A8                       Jun 13, 2019   21:00 
Round C9                       Jun 14, 2019   15:00 
Round A9                       Jun 14, 2019    21:00

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Read the reports of Peter Doggers
Blunders Galore In Norway Chess Round 6 
Norway Chess Round 5: Carlsen Increases Lead, 
Aronian EscapesCarlsen Maintains Lead In Enthralling Round 4 Norway Chess
Carlsen Surges To The Top In Norway Chess Round 3
Mamedyarov Beats Anand In Standard Game, Leads Norway Chess
Norway Chess Opens With 5 Armageddon Games
MVL Wins Blitz As Revamped Norway Chess Begins
Norway Chess New Format: Armageddon After Each Draw


Read the blogpost on the previous editions!
Read the overview of 2018 edition of Peter Doggers - Caruana Wins Altibox Norway Chess 2018

2019-06-12

23rd International Chess Festival "Voronezh-2019" (Alekhine Memorial)

The 23rd International Chess Festival "Voronezh-2019" (Alekhine Memorial) is being held in Voronezh since 10.06.2019 till 21.06.2019! Voronezh FIDE Open (Elo<2200) and Voronezh Masters Open 2019 are broadcasted on ChessBomb.
Time control: 90 min. for 40 moves, 30 min. to the end of the game, with a 30-sec. increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1 Jun 12, 2019 07:00
Round 2 Jun 13, 2019 07:00
Round 3 Jun 14, 2019 07:00
Round 4 Jun 15, 2019 07:00
Round 5 Jun 16, 2019 07:00
Round 6 Jun 17, 2019 07:00 Rest day for Masters
Round 7 Jun 18, 2019 07:00 Round 6 Masters
Round 8 Jun 19, 2019 07:00 Round 7 Masters
Round 9 Jun 20, 2019 10:00 Round 8 Masters
Jun 20, 2019 :00 Round 9 Masters

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2019-06-10

World Chess Armageddon Series 2019

Armageddon Series is taking place in Moscow from the 10th to 16th of June.
It is a double-elimination tournament. If a player loses he moves to the “losers-bracket” and faces other players in that bracket. If he wins all Matches, he plays the winner of the ‘Winners’ bracket in the final. If he loses one more match in the ‘losers’ bracket, he is eliminated from the tournament.

It features the following players: Vladimir Kramnik (Russia); Sergey Karjakin (Russia); Daniil Dubov (Russia); Teimur Radjabov (Azerbaijan); Ian Nepomnichtchi (Russia); Boris Gelfand (Israel); Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia);
Wei Yi (China)

Official site
The official broadcast is on worldchess.com.

Schedule in UTC:

On 10.06.2019 the first match will take place at 5p.m. It will contain two games of blitz and one armageddon game if needed.
The second match of the evening will be right after the first one.
Then on each day from 11.06.2019 until 16.06.2019 there will be the same configuration of matches (the first one starting at 5p.m. containing two sessions of blitz and one armageddon if needed and a second match starting right after the first one).


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Finnish Championship 2019

The Finnish Championship is a 9 round tournament, held between June 10th and 18th in Helsinkiq Finland.
Time control: 90 min / 40 moves + 30 min + 30 sec / move

Official site

Schedule in UTC:
Round 1    Jun 10, 2019    13:00 
Round 2    Jun 11, 2019    13:00 
Round 3    Jun 12, 2019    13:00 
Round 4    Jun 13, 2019    13:00 
Round 5    Jun 14, 2019    13:00 
Round 6    Jun 15, 2019    13:00 
Round 7    Jun 16, 2019    13:00 
Round 8    Jun 17, 2019    13:00 
Round 9    Jun 18, 2019    13:00

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Goryachkina dominates the Kazan Women's Candidates

On Sunday the second half of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament started in Kazan, which means the players will face the same opponents with reversed colours. Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk to increase her tournament lead to 2 points. The youngest participant in the Candidates scored an impressive +5 and shows a 2786 performance. Kateryna Lagno made a draw against Valentina Gunina and remained in the second place. Tan Zhongyi, who lost three games in a row, struck back in the game against Nana Dzagnidze. Anna and Maria Muzychuk drew their second game in the tournament.

After eight rounds Goryachkina has 6,5 points, Kateryna Lagno is on the second place with 4,5 points, Nana Dzagnidze is on the third with 4 points. Tan Zhongyi, Valentina Gunina and the Muzychuk sisters have 3, 5 points, and Alexandra Kosteniuk has 3 points.

In the Vienna Variation of the Queens Gambit, Aleksandra Goryachkina got a comfortable position against Aleksandra Kosteniuk. It seems the former Women's World Champion lost track of the game after Goryachkina went for a principal line 26.e5. "Even though my position was unpleasant, I think I had some chances, but I just couldn't do anything", said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. The leader of the tournament increased her initiative move after move and grabbed yet one more victory in this Candidates.  

Valentina Gunina chose a rare line in Ruy Lopez and even though she had prepared it, she got confused and was not sure how to follow after 7.a4. Nevertheless, both players seemed satisfied with their position and play in the middlegame.  Katerina Lagno went for numerous exchanges and the situation remained balanced also in the endgame, and just before the first time control the draw was agreed. "Yesterday's game against Nana was really tough and long, so I decided to play safe today", explained Kateryna regarding her approach for the game against Valentina.  

It seems not only Katerina Lagno felt tired after her encounter in the round seven. Nana Dzagnidze claimed the same in the today's post-game interview. Against Tan Zhongyi, she went for a position with Rook and Bishop vs Queen, trying to prove she had enough of compensation, but a few moves later blundered a simple tactic, which led to a completely lost position. "I missed the 30.Rg6 and 31.Qc4 idea; I saw this line on the previous move, and then I absolutely forgot about it. I could have played 28...a5 instead of 28…Rb1 and the game would have continued after that." 


The Russian commentator GM Sergey Shipov was joined by the member of the Appeals Committee and WGM  Eva Repkova. She is also a Chairperson of the FIDE Women's Commission (WOM). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzxdQW1f_Y0

The Director of Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Jeroen Van Den Berg, is in Kazan as the FIDE Technical Advisor and the Chairman of the Appeals Committee. Jeroen gave an interview to the official broadcast, where he spoke about the organization of the tournament, the street music in Kazan, women's tournaments and other topics. 

The ninth round would be played on Monday, June 10th at 15:00 local time, with the following pairings:

Alexandra Kosteniuk — Kateryna Lagno 
Valentina Gunina — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Tan Zhongyi 
Nana Dzagnidze — Anna Muzychuk

The organizers of the Women`s Candidates are FIDE, Russian Chess Federation, Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, Ministry of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan, and city administration of Kazan. 

The tournament is sponsored by PJSC PhosAgro and Russian Railways.

Report by Anastasiya Karlovich
Official website: https://fwct2019.com/en/
Photos: https://fwct2019.com/en/media/photos
Videos: https://fwct2019.com/en/media/videos


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2019-06-09

Russian Rapid Grand Prix 2019 - Memorial A.Kadradyova

Memorial A.Kadradyova 2019 is a stage of the Russian Rapid Grand Prix 2019 held on June 9th 2019 in Grozny, Russia.
Time control: 15 minutes for game with 10 seconds increment from move

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Jun 9, 2019    09:30 
Round 2    Jun 9, 2019    10:30 
Round 3    Jun 9, 2019    11:30 
Round 4    Jun 9, 2019    13:00 
Round 5    Jun 9, 2019    14:00 
Round 6    Jun 9, 2019    15:30 
Round 7    Jun 10, 2019    07:30 
Round 8    Jun 10, 2019    08:30 
Round 9    Jun 10, 2019    09:30 
Round 10    Jun 10, 2019    12:30 
Round 11    Jun 10, 2019    13:30 

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2019-06-08

Premier league Bosnia and Hercegovina 2019

The 18th edition of the Premier chess league Bosnia and Hercegovina 2019 is held between June 8th and 16th 2019 in Tulza,  Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Time control 90/40 + 15 min + 30 sec. increment from move 1.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    2019/06/08    15.00
Round 2    2019/06/09    13.30
Round 3    2019/06/10    13.30
Round 4    2019/06/11    13.30
Round 5    2019/06/12    13.30
Round 6    2019/06/13    13.30
Round 7    2019/06/14    13.30
Round 8    2019/06/15    13.30
Round 9    2019/06/16    08.00

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Cattolica International Festival 2019

The 6th International Chess Festival "City of Cattolica" 2019 is held between June 8th and 15th 2019 in at the Hotel Kursaal Congress Hall in Cattolica, Italy.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

1st Round June 8, 2019 13:30
2nd Round June 9, 2019 13:30
3rd Round June 10, 2019 7:00
4th Round June 10, 2019 13:30
5th Round June 10, 2019 13:30
6th Round June 12, 2019 7:00
7th Round June 12, 2019 13:30
8th Round June 13, 2019 13:30
9th Round June 14, 2019 7:00

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Landes Cotes Sud HOSSEGOR Open 2019

The 26th Internatonal open tournament Landes Cotes Sud HOSSEGOR 2019 is held in Spoorts Hossegorq France between June 8th ans 10th 2019.
Time Control: 90 minutes with 30 second increment from move 1

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Game 1 2019/06/08    08:00
Game 2 2019/06/08    23:30
Game 3 2019/06/09    07:00
Game 4 2019/06/09    11:00
Game 5 2019/06/09    15:30
Game 6 2019/06/10    07:00
Game 7 2019/06/10    11:00

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2019-06-07

Aleksandra Goryachkina increases lead at FIDE Candidates to 1.5 points.

       All four games finished decisively in the sixth round of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament.   
       The central game between the leader of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina and the nearest rival Nana Dzagnidze finished with the victory of the Russian player. Nana Dzagnidze missed good chances to overtake Goryachkina in the lead. Muzychuk sisters won their first games in the tournament. Anna Muzychuk defeated Valentina Gunina, while Mariya outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk. Tan Zhongyi lost a second game in a row, this time against Katerina Lagno.
      After six rounds, Goryachkina has 5 points, which is 1.5 points more than Dzagnidze and Lagno. Tan Zhongyi, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk and Anna Muzychuk have 2.5 points. Valentina Gunina has 2 points. 
      Valentina Gunina chose her main weapon- the Caro-Kann against Anna Muzychuk. Black`s long manoeuvre Ne7-Nc8-Nd6 allowed White to obtain a serious initiative on the kingside. After Anna won a pawn and started to push her passed e-pawn, the position became desperate for Black.
       Mariya Muzychuk against Alexandra Kosteniuk was a relatively quiet English Opening.  According to Alexandra, she got a comfortable position with Black and was playing well until the vital moment in the game, which happened just a few moves before the time control. Mariya came up with an exchange sacrifice and got two strong passed pawns in return, which eventually decided the outcome of the game. 
       “Sometimes the tournament goes well and sometimes not. It`s hard to predict as it does not depend on preparation or anything that happened before the start,” commented Mariya on her play in the Candidates. 
       The game between Tan Zhongyi and Katerina Lagno was a real thriller. At first the Chinese player had an advantage due to the better coordination of her pieces but later on, Katerina Lagno managed to come back to the game.  The Russian player found nice tactical recourses, which allowed her to get the ending with rook and 3 pawns against two pieces. The Chinese player was close to make a draw after Katerina sacrificed her rook but failed to find the precise moves. The Russian profited from a mistake by her opponent on the move 70 and thus scored an important point.
       A roller-coaster game was played between the leader and her closest pursuer. Nana Dzagnidze gained a decisive advantage after a long positional fight but the Russian player put the stubborn defence, trying to create counter chances.  Nana Dzagnidze failed to find the precise moves in the critical moment and went for a dubious knight`s sacrifice, which turned out to be on the favour of her opponent. Friday is a rest day. Saturday, June 7th at 15:00 local time the seventh round will be played: 
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Anna Muzychuk
Aleksandra Goryachkina— Mariya Muzychuk
Kateryna Lagno — Nana Dzagnidze
Valentina Gunina — Tan Zhongyi

Report by Anastasiya Karlovych
Photos by Eteri Kublashvili and Anastasiya Karlovych


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Xadrez Potiguar 2019

The  11th edition of Open Brazil Potiguar Chess 2019 is held between June 7th to 9th in Natal, Brazil.
Time control: 90 min + 30 secs. increment.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1 - 2019/06/07 - 17:00
Round 2 - 2019/06/07 - 23:00
Round 3 - 2019/06/08 - 17:00
Round 4 - 2019/06/08 - 23:00
Round 5 - 2019/06/09 - 00:00
Round 6 - 2019/06/09 - 18:00

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Asian Continental Chess Championships 2019

The Asian  Continental  Chess Championships 2019 - Open and Women is held at Xingtai, China from 06 to 16 June, 2019.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Jun 7, 2019    06:00 
Round 2    Jun 8, 2019    06:00 
Round 3    Jun 9, 2019    06:00 
Round 4    Jun 10, 2019    06:00 
Round 5    Jun 11, 2019    06:00 
Round 6    Jun 12, 2019    06:00 
Round 7    Jun 13, 2019    06:00 
Round 8    Jun 14, 2019    06:00 
Round 9    Jun 15, 2019    01:00

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2019-06-05

Charlotte Summer Invitational 2019

Charlotte Summer Invitational GM & IM 2019 is a 9 rounds tournament in a round robin format which is taking place between June 5, 2019 and June 9, 2019.
GM Players: Grigoryan, Karen H.; Hong, Andrew Z; Zierk, Steven C; Gauri, Shankar; Korley, Kassa; Wang, Tianqi; Yoo, Christopher Woojin; Jacobson, Brandon; Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A; Ringoir, Tanguy

Time Control: G/90; Increment 30

Official site

Round 1: Wednesday, June 5, 2019; 19:00
Round 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019; 12:00
Round 3: Thursday, June 6, 2019; 18:00
Round 4: Friday, June 7, 2019; 12:00
Round 5: Friday, June 7, 2019; 18:00
Round 6: Saturday, June 8, 2019 12:00
Round 7: Saturday, June 8, 2019; 18:00
Round 8: Sunday, June 9, 2019; 10:00
Round 9: Sunday, June 9, 2019; 18:00

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2019-06-03

Altibox Norway Chess Blitz 2019

The 2019's edition of Altibox Norway Chess Blitz is a 10-player tournament featuring Magnus Carlsen and some of the top 10 players in the world - Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov,  Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian, Wesley So, Yangyi Yu. It is held on 3th June in the Clarion Energy Hotel and Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Jun 3, 2019    16:30 
Round 2    Jun 3, 2019    16:50 
Round 3    Jun 3, 2019    17:20 
Round 4    Jun 3, 2019    17:40 
Round 5    Jun 3, 2019    18:00 
Round 6    Jun 3, 2019    18:20 
Round 7    Jun 3, 2019    18:40 
Round 8    Jun 3, 2019    19:00 
Round 9    Jun 3, 2019    19:20

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2019-06-02

Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are the first winners in the Women's Candidates

Nana Dzagnidze became the first player to win a game in the 2019 Women's Candidates Tournament, after defeating Anna Muzychuk with the black pieces. One and a half hour later, Aleksandra Goryachkina joined her in the lead scoring the second victory of the day by beating her compatriot Valentina Gunina. Katerina Lagno had an advantage in the game against Alexandra Kosteniuk, but the former world champion found some counter-chances and held the game to a draw. The derby between two former World Champions, Tan Zhongyi and Mariya Muzychuk, ended in a draw.

Therefore, after two rounds Nana Dzagnidze and Aleksandra Goryachkina are in shared first place at the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament.

Nana Dzagnidze decided to avoid playing her main weapon in the Sicilian and went for a not-so-regular guest in her repertoire, 2. Nc6. Even though Anna Muzychuk kept trying to surprise her opponent back, the Georgian player seemed prepared for the opening discussion. "My position was fine, but then move by move I started to lose the thread of the game and somehow misplaced all my pieces", said Anna after the game. Nana Dzagnidze gained the initiative and found the final blow, which ruined her opponent's King's side.

Playing White, Tan Zhongyi blitzed out her first 20 moves, showing her good preparation for the game. Thereby, she got a nice one-hour time advantage and when her opponent fell in time-trouble, the Chinese decided to sharpen the position by playing actively on the King's side. However, Mariya Muzychuk managed to remain calm and held her position. "I had calculated everything well, and I didn't see any danger. I found 23...Bd3 and 24...Qb5 and I think it just leads to a draw," said the Ukrainian player after the game.

Alexandra Kosteniuk tried the new set up with g6, d6 in Ruy Lopez. Therefore Katerina Lagno was not prepared for this line but got a big advantage after an inaccurate 13...Nd7. The former Women's World Champion was aware she was in trouble after 14.d4, but she put on a stubborn defence and eventually found some counter chances.

According to Alexandra, she felt more confident about her position after 23... Rb8 and 24...e5, the move which Katerina Lagno overlooked during the game. However, Katerina got one more chance to fight for more than a draw after 27...Kg7. With both kings exposed and not so much time left on the clock, she didn't take a risk to check the promising line for White starting with 28.h4.

Answering the question if she feels like she missed a good winning chance today, Katerina Lagno said with a smile: "'Winning chances' for me it's when I have a piece up o mate in one... Before that, it's just a fight".

In the second Russian clash, Aleksandra Goryachkina got a very comfortable position right after the opening. According to Valentina Gunina, she prepared many different lines before the game but was not ready enough for 5. Qc2. Goryachkina got the type of ending where she was trying to abuse the fact that it was tough to make moves for the defending side. Valentina Gunina tried hard to equalize the position, and had a real chance to do so after 35...Be3, transferring the game into the rook ending. The decisive mistake was 69...Kg4; if she had went instead for 69...Rc3 and 70...Kg6, Black would have kept good drawing chances.


Here Goryachkina found the study-like 72.Nh4! which brought her a victory.

Report by Anastasya Karlovich.

Kateryna Lagno — Alexandra Kosteniuk | ½ — ½
Alexandra Goryachkina — Valentina Gunina 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Maria Muzychuk| ½ — ½
Anna Muzychuk  — Nana Dzagnidze | 0 — 1


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2019-06-01

Capo d'Orso Open 2019

Capo d'Orso Open 2019 is a  round robin held fro 1st to 8th June 201 in Hotel Residence Porto Mannu, Italy
Time control 90' for 40m. + 30"/m. fb 30' + 30"/m.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    2019/06/01    13:00
Round 2    2019/06/02    13:00
Round 3    2019/06/03    07:00
Round 4    2019/06/03    13:30
Round 5    2019/06/04    13:00
Round 6    2019/06/05    13:00
Round 7    2019/06/06    13:00
Round 8    2019/06/07    13:00
Round 9    2019/06/08    07:00

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