The third day of play at the Women's Candidates tournament was a very exciting one, with all the four clashes reaching a decisive result after very interesting games. Valentina Gunina recovered after her loss in the previous round and defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anna Muzychuk lost the second game in a row, this time against Tan Zhongyi. Nana Dzagnidze had a better position right after the opening but it took her 5 hours to outplay Mariya Muzychuk. It seemed Aleksandra Goryachkina had only practical chances in the endgame against Katerina Lagno, but the youngest player of the tournament was fighting till the end and her efforts were rewarded.
After 3 rounds of play, Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Goriachkina are the leaders with 2.5 out of 3, while Tan Zhongyi is on the third place with 2 points. Valentina Gunina is fourth with 1,5/3. Mariya Muzychuk, Katerina Lagno and Alexandra Kosteniuk share fifth place with 1/3. Anna Muzychuk is on the last place with 0,5/3.