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 saw 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.
Aleksandra Goryachkina deserved her seat in the Semifinals after defeating Alexandra Kosteniuk with 2.5-1.5 score, while Tan Zhongyi won the quarterfinals tiebreak against Kateryna Lagno. Goryachkina will have Whites in the first semifinal game.
Semifinal tiebreak live video coverage with commentaries by GM Arturs Neiksans and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili can be followed below: