Aleksandra Goryachkina, the winner of the World Chess Cup held in Baku, spoke about her winning performance in the tournament.
According to İdman.biz, Goryachkina, competing under the FIDE flag, admitted that the competition was difficult for her.
"It was an incredibly difficult tournament, I’m glad I endured it and won. The knockout system is rare in chess, it’s hard to understand that every day can be the last," Goryachkina said at a press conference in Moscow.
Aleksandra also added to her speech that she did not understand why she was called the favorite of the rating. "Two years ago, I was the rating favorite at the World Championship, but I was unlucky, it didn’t work out. That’s a lot of pressure because favorites don’t usually win knockouts. I didn’t have any goals in the tiebreak, you just play as hard as you can and then it's all about luck. This time everything worked out," said Goryachkina, who won the final against Bulgarian Nurgul Salimova.