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Abdumalik, Muzychuk Lead Gibraltar Women's Grand Prix
Leaders Zhansaya Abdumalik and Mariya Muzychuk draw in round six. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Abdumalik, Muzychuk Lead Gibraltar Women's Grand Prix

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IM Zhansaya Abdumalik and GM Mariya Muzychuk are sharing the lead at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Gibraltar on the rest day. With five rounds to go, the fight for the two spots in the 2022 FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament is far from decided.

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Abdumalik and Muzychuk are on 4.5/6. Half a point behind them is GM Kateryna Lagno, who is currently on schedule to take over third place in the overall Grand Prix standings and qualify for the Candidates because GP leader GM Aleksandra Gorachkina has already qualified as the runner-up of the last world championship match.

Kateryna Lagno Gibraltar FIDE Grand Prix
Kateryna Lagno. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

At the moment, the other qualifier is GM Humpy Koneru, who had to withdraw from the Gibraltar leg. She is in second place in the overall standings, but she can also be overtaken by Dzagnidze and Anna Muzychuk, besides Lagno. Only if two of these three players take the first two places in Gibraltar, Humpy is out. (For more details on the situation, see our first report.)

Gibraltar Women GP | Round 6 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Abdumalik,Zhansaya 2472 2666 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5/6 11.75
2 Muzychuk,Mariya 2544 2665 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 4.5/6 11.5
3 Lagno,Kateryna 2546 2611 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/6
4 Paehtz,Elisabeth 2456 2540 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 3.5/6 8.75
5 Mammadzada,Gunay 2443 2549 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/6 8.25
6 Dzagnidze,Nana 2524 2545 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/6 7.75
7 Muzychuk,Anna 2535 2500 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 3.0/6 10.25
8 Gunina,Valentina 2421 2500 0 1 0 0 1 1 3.0/6 6
9 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2470 2418 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 2.5/6
10 Bulmaga,Irina 2440 2294 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 1.5/6 4.75
11 Kashlinskaya,Alina 2494 2293 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1.5/6 3.5
12 Saduakassova,Dinara 2500 2221 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1.0/6

Both leaders haven't lost a game yet, with three wins and three draws each. The start of their tournament, however, couldn't be more different.

With players from the same federation always being paired at the start of such a tournament, Mariya and Anna Muzychuk played and drew quickly (as they always do), while Abdumalik defeated her compatriot Dinara Saduakassova:

Abdumalik Saduakassova Gibraltar Women Grand Prix
Abdumalik vs. Saduakassova. Photo: John Saunders/FIDE.

Former Women's World Champion Muzychuk (Mariya) scored a nice win with the black pieces against IM Gunay Mammadzada, who was well prepared in one of the current mainlines of the Sveshnikov but made a big error two moves after leaving theory.

IM Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany is having quite a good tournament so far. She scored plus one over six rounds and won a nice game vs. GM Nana Dzagnidze:

Elisabeth Paehtz Gibraltar Women Grand Prix
Elisabeth Paehtz. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Games rounds 1-6



The tournament in Gibraltar is the fourth and final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series. The first three took place in Skolkovo, Monaco, and Lausanne in 2019-2020. Then the series was interrupted by the pandemic. 

The prize fund is 80,000 euros, with 15,000 euros and 160 Grand Prix points being awarded to the winner. 


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