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Aleksandra Goryachkina


With 2 Rounds to go, Aleksandra won the Candidates Tournament and in January 2020, she will challenge the champion, China’s Ju Wenjun in the 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship match.

Unstoppable! Aleksandra was the only UNDEFEATED PLAYER after Round 12 with 2 Rounds to go! No one could catch her!

After a draw in Round 12 of the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Kazan, Russia, Aleksandra Goryachkina with 9.0 points crushed the opposition.

Aleksandra was 2.5 points ahead of her closest rival! (See the Standings below.)

Standings after Round 12

Round 12 Standings

At 20-years old, Aleksandra was the youngest and the lowest-seeded player of the Top 8 women chess players in the world competing for the opportunity to challenge China’s Ju Wenjun in the upcoming 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship!

The CandidatesTop 8 Woman in the World at the Candidates Tournament.

Top row, left to right: Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine); Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine); Kateryna Lagno (Russia); Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia).

Bottom row, left to right: Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia); Tan Zhongyi (China); Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia); Valentina Gunina (Russia).

The Women’s Candidates Tournament took place in Kazan, Russia, from May 29 to June 19, 2019. The eight strongest female Grandmasters competed for a prize fund of 200,000 Euros.

Each woman played the other seven players twice, playing 14 games in all. The player with the best score after 14 games challenges China’s Ju Wenjun for the championship in January 2020.

The winner now challenges China’s Ju Wenjun in the upcoming 2020 Women’s World Chess Championship!

The Reigning Champion

China’s Ju Wenjun rated 2575 is the Women’s World Chess Champion

China’s Ju Wenjun
Rated 2575

Women’s World Chess Champion
#2 Rated Woman in the World

The Next Challenger!

Aleksandra Goryachkina in color blue bandana and coat hand to face at chess board.

Russia’s Aleksandra Goryachkina, the youngest of the Candidates, was born in Orsk, Russia on September 28, 1998, and is now 21 years old.

She is a Grandmaster and two-time Russian Women’s Chess Champion. She also twice won the World Girls Under-20 Chess Championship.

She is on the rise and may well be the next Women’s World Chess Champion!

The Path to a Chess Championship Begins Here!

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