RIGA, April 16 (LETA) – Most games played by the tournament’s leaders during the sixth round of the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship in Riga on Sunday ended in a draw.
After the first five rounds of the tournament, the 18-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia, two-times World Junior Chess Champion, was in the lead with 4.5 points of 5. In the sixth round, Goryachkina took on another Russian player, Kateryna Lagno, and it looked like it would be another win for Goryachkina but the game ended in a draw.
In overall rankings, Goryachkina now stands side by side with Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia, as both have five points. The two will play against each other during the seventh round on Monday.
As many as 14 players now have 4.5 points, including top players such as the Ukrainian sisters – Anna Muzychuk and Mariya Muzychuk as well as Lagno and the two-times European champion Natalia Zhukova.
Ilze Berzina, the leading Latvian player, finished the sixth round with a draw in the game against Natalija Pogonina of Russia. The Latvian team won 8.5 points in total during the sixth round, its best performance so far. Berzina with 3.5 points is now 36th in the overall ranking, and the second best Latvian player, Agnese Lickrastina, has three points and ranks 85th but remaining 15 Latvian players are not among the Top 100 players.
As reported, the European Women’s Chess Championship is taking place at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija in Riga through April 22. Latvia is represented by seventeen players at the championship.
The players finishing in the first 14 places at the European tournament in Riga will qualify for the Chess World Cup.