Lausanne Women's Grand Prix Day 2: Wins For Dzagnidze, Goryachkina
Goryachkina vs. Kosteniuk in round two. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Lausanne Women's Grand Prix Day 2: Wins For Dzagnidze, Goryachkina

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GM Nana Dzagnidze and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina share the lead at the Lausanne Women's Grand Prix after winning their games in round two. The tournament is the third of four Grand Prix events where the winner and the runner-up will qualify for the 2021 Women's Candidates Tournament.

You can follow the Lausanne Women's Grand Prix here as part of our live portal. The games start each day at 15:00 CET which is 9 a.m. Eastern and 6 a.m. Pacific. Our preview with all the background information on this event can be found here.


Results round 2

Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) – Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) ½ - ½
Pia Cramling (SWE) – Anna Muzychuk (UKR) ½ - ½
Marie Sebag (FRA) – Harika Dronavalli (IND) ½ - ½
Ju Wenjun (CHN) – Antoaneta Stefanova (BLG) ½ - ½
Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) – Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) 1-0
Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) – Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 1-0

Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts SB
1 Goryachkina, Aleksandra 2579 2674 ½ 1 1.5/2 1
2 Dzagnidze, Nana 2509 2662 ½ 1 1.5/2 0.75
3 Kashlinskaya, Alina 2485 2565 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1.25
4 Muzychuk, Mariya 2551 2510 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
5 Muzychuk, Anna 2535 2513 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
6 Harika, Dronavalli 2517 2459 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
7 Cramling, Pia 2475 2526 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
8 Stefanova, Antoaneta 2453 2513 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
9 Sebag, Marie 2443 2485 ½ ½ 1.0/2 1
10 Ju Wenjun 2583 2457 ½ ½ 1.0/2 0.75
11 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2482 2354 0 ½ 0.5/2 0.75
12 Abdumalik, Zhansaya 2461 2356 0 ½ 0.5/2 0.5

After the five draws on day one, it was Dzagnidze who won the first game in Lausanne. Her opponent, the Kazakh IM Zhansaya Abdumalik, is advised to check the theory of the London System because her play was quite inconsistent. Her voluntary weakening of the kingside was asking for an attack, and Dzagnidze delivered it ruthlessly.

Dzagnidze vs Abdumalik. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.
Dzagnidze vs. Abdumalik. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Goryachkina's win was of a different nature: She had a positional edge in a Queen's Indian when GM Alexandra Kosteniuk blundered on move 23. Her rook got misplaced, and she was forced to give up a pawn, thereby weakening her other central pawn that also left the board soon.

Goryachkina. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.
Goryachkina. Photo: David Llada/FIDE.

Round 2 games

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

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.

Pairings round 3

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) – Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS)
Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) – Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS)
Antoaneta Stefanova (BLG) – Nana Dzagnidze (GEO)
Harika Dronavalli (IND) – Ju Wenjun (CHN)
Anna Muzychuk (UKR) – Marie Sebag (FRA)
Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) – Pia Cramling (SWE)


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