Twenty years old Russian Grandmaster, Goryachkina Alexandra (RUS, 2522), convincingly won the FIDE Women’s Candidates tournament 2019 and qualified for the FIDE World Chess Champion match, where she will meet reigning World Champion, Ju Wenjun (CHN, 2592).
Goryachkina scored impressive 9.5 points out of 14 played games and won the event with 2 rounds to spare. Even though she lost in the last round against Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Alexandra Goryachkina triumphed with a point and half ahead of the first runner-up.
Interview with Alexandra Goryachkina in Russian
Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539) secured silver medal with draw in the last round and took the second place with 8 points.
Lagno Kateryna (RUS, 2554) and Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2531) tied for bronze, each with score of 7 points. According to the tiebreaks, Lagno Kateryna took bronze.
The Candidates Tournament took place in Kazan, Russia, from 29th May- 19th June, 2019. Eight strongest female grandmasters played in the competition with a prize fund of 200.000 Euros: The participants are Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 2563), Kateryna Lagno (RUS, 2554), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS, 2546), Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2539), Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS, 2522), Tan Zhongyi (CHN, 2513), Nana Dzagnidze (GEO, 2510), and Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2506).
@Photos from the Official Website of the event