Pool B of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament is hosted in the ancient city of Khiva, in Uzbekistan. The event takes place from November 28 to December 11 at Hotel Farovon Khiva. This bracket will see the clash between the 2020 runner-up Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Tan Zhongyi as the top finishers at the FIDE World Cup 2021, and Kateryna Lagno as one of the top-three finishers at the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2019–2021. The winner of Pool B will take on Lei Tingjie, who qualified from Pool A a month ago.
At the opening ceremony yesterday, Kateryna Lagno pointed to the box with the black queen inside during the drawing of lots. Tan Zhongyi starts her Candidates campaign with the white pieces. Follow the game LIVE: