Chess Tactics: Mariya Muzychuk — Goryachkina, 2019

Mariya Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk. Photo: @MariyaMuzychuk

Mariya Muzychuk was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1992.

The Ukrainian Women’s Champion of 2012 and 2013 has won a pile of medals in European and World Team Championships, and in Chess Olympiads.

Still, her greatest achievement was becoming Women’s World Chess Champion in 2015! Simultaneously, she earned the International Grandmaster title.

Mariya’s older sister Anna Muzychuk is also one of the top female players in the world.


A Brilliant Finish

Aleksandra Goryachkina
Aleksandra Goryachkina (born 1998). Photo: ChessFIDE

Recently, FIDE reinstated a Candidates Tournament as part of the Women’s World Championship. The eight-player double round robin for this past cycle was held May-June 2019 in Kazan, Russia. 

Aleksandra Goryachkina clinched the 14-round marathon two rounds early in a dominating performance, earning the right to challenge reigning Champion Ju Wenjun.

However, it was Mariya Muzychuk who ended the tournament with a bang: her crushing victory over the winner was awarded the Brilliancy Prize of the Candidates Tournament! Goryachkina was undefeated in the event until this final round game.


Black is trying to hang on, but White dashes her hopes. How? White to play.



One Round Too Many

In conclusion, just one more thing needs to be said: Happy Women’s Day!

Author: Andre Harding

Since 2003 I've taught chess to thousands of students in public, private, and charter schools in the New York City area, and have given countless private lessons. I also direct USCF- and FIDE-rated chess tournaments.

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