Aleksandra Goryachkina


With 2 Rounds to go, Aleksandra won the Candidates Tournament and will challenge the champion, China’s Ju Wenjun, later this year in the 2019 Women’s World Chess Championship match at a date and location to be determined.


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


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


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

Standings after Round 12

Round 12 Standings

At 20-years old, Aleksandra is 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 2019 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 is taking place in Kazan, Russia, from May 29 to June 19, 2019. The eight strongest female Grandmasters will play in the competition with a prize fund of 200,000 Euros. The winner will challenge China’s Ju Wenjun in the upcoming 2019 Women’s World Chess Championship!


Each woman plays the other seven players twice, playing 14 games in all. The player with the best score after 14 games will challenge China’s Ju Wenjun for the championship later this year.

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 is the youngest of the Candidates, born in Orsk, Russia on September 28, 1998, now 20 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!

Schedule for the Remainder of the Tournament

June 15 – Rest Day
June 16 – Round 13
June 17 – Round 14
June 18 – Tiebreaks (if necessary) and the Closing Ceremony

The Path to a Chess Championship Begins Here!

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