The Closing Ceremony of FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament Takes Place in Kazan.

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The closing ceremony took place in the Nogai Hotel, the tournament venue, on June 18. At the beginning of the ceremony, a special prize for the most beautiful game of the tournament, provided by the Russian Chess Federation and AB InBev Efes Company, was awarded. The jury consisted of Chairman Maxim Notkin, editor-in-chief of the 64-Chess Review, the tournament commentators GMs Sergey Shipov and Evgeny Miroshnichenko, and the Head of the Appeals Committee Jeroen van den Berg. A shortlist of four games was formed.

The beauty prize was awarded to Mariya Muzychuk for her games against Aleksandra Goryachkina by Natalia Rostova, the Deputy Director of the local branch of the AB InBev Efes, and Maxim Notkin.

Then FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, RCF Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky, and Minister of sport of the Republic of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov delivered speeches. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament, IA Hal Bond (Canada) announced the competition results. After his announcement, the players received their prizes from the honoured guests. 

The youngest participant of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina finished with 9.5 points out of 14 and secured the right to play the Women’s World Championship Match against the World Champion Ju Wenjun (China). The prize fund of the coming championship match is 500,000 Euro, which is150% higher than in the previous match.

Source: www.ruchess.ru

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