The Women’s Candidates Pool B tournament is underway in Khiva, Uzbekistan. The event features four players Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno and Tan Zhongyi fighting in a knock-out system for a place in the Women’s Candidates finals against Lei Tingjie.
Going into the first rest day of the tournament, both matches are tied 1-1 (The day 2 report can be found here). Goryachkina had a slight advantage against her compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk in today’s game, but it seemed that there is no clear way to the improvement of White’s position. “I’m still warming up in this tournament, not everything is smooth, but I’m doing my best. I haven’t used all of my opportunities yet. My opponent lets me get promising positions, but then she defends pretty well”, said Goryachkina in the post-game interview. See the video below.