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Cairns Cup Spherical 3, 2024: Kosteniuk Defeats Dzagdnize, Joins Leaders

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk has joined the leaders on 2/3 on the Cairns Cup 2024 following a tremendous victory over Georgia’s GM Nana Dzagnidze in spherical three whereas the match’s different leaders; GMs Harika Dronavalli, Mariya Muzychuk, and Tan Zhongyi drew their video games. 

GM Elisabeth Paehtz pressed with Black towards GM Irina Krush however the veteran weathered time bother and swapped into an opposite-colored bishop endgame to safe her third draw.

Spherical three begins Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. ET / 20:00 CEST / 11:30 p.m. IST.

Spherical 3 Outcomes


To set the scene for the third day of play, the chief arbiter and director of the Fee for Girls’s Chess WIM Anastasia Sorokina gave a tour of the Saint Louis Chess Membership enjoying corridor and expressed the significance of the Cairns Cup for ladies’s chess. 

The $200,000 prize fund for the occasion is only one indicator that progress is being made and the $50,000 first prize is simply shy of the $60,000 prize that Kosteniuk gained for successful the 2008 ladies’s world championship. Talking of the “Chess Queen”, she was the one participant in a position to safe a full level in spherical three…

Kosteniuk 1-0 Dzagnidze

The essential second in Kosteniuk-Dzagnidze got here unexpectedly early as reminiscences and feelings from spherical two threatened to ship Kosteniuk careening away from the transfer that mockingly would give her a decisive benefit.

Kosteniuk battled emotion with calculation on Saturday. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Membership.

Reminiscing on her knight hopping that left her “eager to resign by transfer 15” towards Harika, Kosteniuk thought twice a few snapping up the hanging b-pawn on transfer 11 of the Sicilian Protection: Taimanov, Bastrikov Variation.

Seeing no different strategy to proceed with out condemning her knight to the sting of the board, Kosteniuk performed 11.Nxb4 and subsequently gambited a pawn for piece exercise, unknowingly enjoying the highest engine line and producing a sizeable benefit.

The ensuing place allowed Kosteniuk to exert her affect with the bishop pair and commerce into an endgame the place Dzagnidze was down by a pawn with a number of weaknesses. Our Recreation of the Day has been analyzed by GM Dejan Bojkov and might be added quickly.

Zatonskih 0.5-0.5 Muzychuk (Anna)

The 2023 Cairns Cup winner was unable to make inroads along with her Jobava London system on Saturday and Muzychuk appeared to be the higher ready participant. Zatonskih did discover a strategy to tempt Muzychuk into snapping up a poisoned pawn however after a seven minute assume, she ignored Zatonskih’s makes an attempt.

Lee 0.5-0.5 Harika

The match’s youngest participant Lee ticked all of the preparation packing containers in her duel with Harika however was shied away from problems because the place opened up. 

Whereas a draw by repetition ultimately transpired, Lee re-affirmed her ambitions in a post-match interview stating: “My purpose is to win sooner or later.”

Harika peered over Lee’s shoulder whereas the latter took on the legendary GM Nona Gaprindashvili previous to the match’s graduation. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Membership.

Muzychuk (Mariya) 0.5-0.5 Tan

Within the battle between two of the co-leaders, Tan stunned Muzychuk on transfer one by enjoying a gap she has solely performed 3 times and final performed in 2017, The French Protection. Making an attempt to catch Tan in a line she is much less skilled in, Muzychuk tried the Alekhine-Maroczy Gambit however to no avail—Tan gave again two pawns with the intention to achieve equality.

When the gamers repeated knight and king strikes on transfer 28, it was the Chinese language high seed who may have elected to play on towards Muzychuk’s sub-optimal pawn construction.

Tan is likely one of the favorites to win the occasion. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Membership.

Krush 0.5-0.5 Paehtz

Krush stored her possibilities of successful the match alive in addition to elevated her possibilities of having to carry out a hip hop dance on the conclusion of the Cairns Cup (Krush promised she would present her newly acquired abilities if she gained the occasion) after an vital maintain towards Paehtz in spherical three. Krush and Paehtz adopted a Nimzo-Indian Protection line performed by former U.S. prodigies GMs Awonder Liang and Jeffery Xiong within the 2016 Spice Cup and did not divert till transfer 19.  

An older photograph of the culprits (R: Liang, L: Xiong) who impressed the Nimzo-Indian that transpired on Saturday.

The place was a textbook instance of a superb Nimzo-Indian for Black as White’s pawn construction was left in tatters nevertheless Krush was in a position to regular the ship and safe half a degree.

All 4 of the main gamers will take the white items of their spherical 4 matchups with the best ranking disparity being Tan-Zatonskih nevertheless Kosteniuk may also fancy her probabilities towards the 14-year-old Lee. Will we lastly see a sole chief emerge?

The 2024 Cairns Cup is likely one of the strongest ladies’s tournaments on this planet. The occasion is a 10-player round-robin with classical time management (120 minutes for the complete sport, plus a 30-second increment per transfer). The 2024 Cairns Cup runs from June 13 to June 23 and incorporates a $200,000 prize fund.

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