All four games finished decisively in the sixth round of the FIDE Women's Candidates tournament. The central game between the leader of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina and the nearest rival Nana Dzagnidze finished with the victory of the Russian player. Nana Dzagnidze missed good chances to overtake Goryachkina in the lead. Muzychuk sisters won their first games in the tournament. Anna Muzychuk defeated Valentina Gunina, while Mariya outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk. Tan Zhongyi lost a second game in a row, this time against Katerina Lagno.
After six rounds, Goryachkina has 5 points, which is 1.5 points more than Dzagnidze and Lagno. Tan Zhongyi, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk and Anna Muzychuk have 2.5 points. Valentina Gunina has 2 points.
Valentina Gunina chose her main weapon- the Caro-Kann against Anna Muzychuk. Black`s long manoeuvre Ne7-Nc8-Nd6 allowed White to obtain a serious initiative on the kingside. After Anna won a pawn and started to push her passed e-pawn, the position became desperate for Black.
Mariya Muzychuk against Alexandra Kosteniuk was a relatively quiet English Opening. According to Alexandra, she got a comfortable position with Black and was playing well until the vital moment in the game, which happened just a few moves before the time control. Mariya came up with an exchange sacrifice and got two strong passed pawns in return, which eventually decided the outcome of the game.
"Sometimes the tournament goes well and sometimes not. It`s hard to predict as it does not depend on preparation or anything that happened before the start," commented Mariya on her play in the Candidates.