Dzagnidze Wins Lausanne Women's Chess Grand Prix
Nana Dzagnidze, Goryachkina and Abdumalik with FIDE Vice-President Lukasz Turlej. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Dzagnidze Wins Lausanne Women's Chess Grand Prix

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GM Nana Dzagnidze won the Women's Grand Prix in Lausanne as she edged out GM Aleksandra Goryachkina on tiebreak. IM Zhansaya Abdumalik came third as all games in the final round ended in relatively quick draws.

This report is an updated version of our original story which covered rounds nine and 10. 

Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Dzagnidze, Nana 2509 2603 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7.0/11 37.25
2 Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2579 2596 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7.0/11 36.5
3 Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2461 2574 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5/11
4 Kashlinskaya, Alina 2485 2539 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 6.0/11 31.75
5 Muzychuk, Anna 2535 2535 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6.0/11 30.5
6 Harika, Dronavalli 2517 2506 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 5.5/11 31.25
7 Muzychuk, Mariya 2551 2502 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5/11 29.5
8 Stefanova, Antoaneta 2453 2510 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.5/11 29
9 Cramling, Pia 2475 2446 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 4.5/11 25.5
10 Ju Wenjun 2583 2436 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/11 24
11 Sebag, Marie 2443 2415 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0/11 21.5
12 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2482 2412 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.0/11 20.5

Dzagnidze stole the show on Wednesday with a fantastic win against Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun, whose tournament got even worse after losing the next day as well. The game started sharply as Ju went for opposite castling, but Dzagnidze combine attacking and defending, correctly evaluated an advantage in the endgame and played the whole game wonderfully.

A great game by Nana Dzagnidze. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.
A great game by Nana Dzagnidze. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Goryachkina then caught Dzagnidze in first place on Thursday by also beating Ju and thus getting revenge for the lost title match earlier this year. The game saw a known pawn sacrifice, typical for both the Semi-Tarrasch and the Benoni:

Ju Wenjun Lausanne Grand Prix
Ju Wenjun has also dropped below Goryachkina in the live FIDE ratings. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

The final round saw six draws, and most of them ended relatively quickly. Therefore, the standings didn't change, and Dzagnidze was declared the winner on the second tiebreak: number of wins.

Games rounds 9-11

Women's Grand Prix Standings

Rank Fed Player Skolkovo Monaco Lausanne Sardinia Total
1 Aleksandra Goryachkina 120 133⅓ 145 398⅓
2 Humpy Koneru 160 133⅓ 293⅓
3 Alexandra Kosteniuk 45 133⅓ 15 193⅓
4-6 Kateryna Lagno 90 90 180
4-6 Dronavalli Harika 60 60 60 180
4-6 Nana Dzagnidze 35 145 180
7 Anna Muzychuk 80 85 165
8 Ju Wenjun 120 35 155
9 Alina Kashlinskaya 45 85 130
10 Mariya Muzychuk 60 60 120
11 Zhansaya Abdumalik 110 110
12 Pia Cramling 10 60 35 105
13 Elisabeth Paehtz 75 20 95
14-15 Valentina Gunina 75 10 85
14-15 Antoaneta Stefanova 25 60 85
16 Marie Sebag 25 15 40
17 Zhao Xue 35 35

After Skolkovo and Monaco, Lausanne was the third Women's Grand Prix in the 2019-2020 series. The fourth and final leg will be held in May in Sardinia, Italy from May 2 till 15.

Each tournament is a 12-player round-robin. The prize fund in each Grand Prix is 80,000 euros, with 15,000 euros and 160 Grand Prix points awarded to the winner.


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