s 20190614 R12 812 Aleksandra Goryachkina Eteri Kublashvili
Aleksandra Goryachkina made a draw against Tan Zhongyi in the twelfth round of the Women’s Candidates tournament, a result that ensures none of her rivals can catch her in the standings. With this draw, the youngest player in the field clinches the victory with two rounds to spare.

Goryachkina, who represents the Russian Chess Federation, gains the right to challenge the Women’s World Chess Champion Ju Wenjun of China. The finalists of the FIDE Women’s World Championship Match will play for a total prize fund of €500,000, which is 150% bigger than in the previous championship match.

The fight for the second place continues and three games of the 12th round finished with a decisive score. Anna Muzychuk defeated Kateryna Lagno and leapfrogged her opponent in the second place. Nana Dzagnidze, who could not win any game after the fourth round, outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk. Valentina Gunina won the second game in a row this time against Mariya Muzychuk.

After 12 rounds Goryachkina is in the first place with 9 points, Anna Muzychuk is in second place with 6,5 points. Katerina Lagno is in third place with 6 points. Valentina Gunina, Tan Zhongyi, Maria Muzychuk and Nana Dzagnidze have 5,5 points. Alexandra Kosteniuk has 4,5 points.

Round 12 results:

Mariya Muzychuk — Valentina Gunina | 0 — 1
Nana Dzagnidze — Alexandra Kosteniuk | 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Aleksandra Goryachkina | ? — ?

Anna Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno | 1 — 0

m 20190614 R12 758 Mariya Muzychuk Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 762 Anna Muzychuk Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 764 Kateryna Lagno Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 770 Valentina Gunina Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 772 Tan Zhongyi Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 777 Jeroen Van Den Berg Shohreh Bayat Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 803 Anna Muzychuk miroshnichenko Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 807 miroshnichenko Nana Dzagnidze Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 812 Aleksandra Goryachkina Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 823  Tan Zhongyi Eteri Kublashvilim 20190614 R12 8214 Kateryna Lagno  Anastasiya Karlovichm 20190614 R12 8218 Tan Zhongyi Aleksandra Goryachkina Anastasiya Karlovichm 20190614 R12 8256 Anna Muzychuk Anastasiya Karlovich

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE