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FIDE Women Grand Prix in Nalchik

Kosintseva leading, Yifan with four straight wins

GM Tatiana Kosintseva held the top-seeded GM Humpy Koneru to a draw and preserved the lead after the 7th round of the Nalchik FIDE Grand Prix. Kosintseva is currently counting 6 points, a full point ahead of the second Yifan Hou, but the Chinese star is pushing ahead with great force, having won four consecutive games.

Zhao Xue won the derby of the bottom end of the crosstable against Elina Danielan, who remained last with only one point.

After the great start in such a strong field, Turkish representative WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz lost four games in succession. Today she is playing the top-placed Kosintseva.

Kosintseva Koneru

The arbiter adjusting equipment for Tatiana Kosintseva and Humpy Koneru

Round 7 on 2010/05/03 at 15:00

WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2244 0 – 1 GM Zhu Chen 2476

GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524 ½ – ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2622

GM Cramling Pia 2523 1 – 0 WGM Kovanova Baira 2385

IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2503 ½ – ½ GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479

GM Hou Yifan 2570 1 – 0 WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2428

GM Zhao Xue 2490 1 – 0 IM Danielian Elina 2491

Round 7 standings:

1. GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524 – 6.0

2. GM Hou Yifan 2570 – 5.0

3-4. GM Zhu Chen 2476 and GM Cramling Pia 2523 – 4.5

5. GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479 – 4.0

6. GM Koneru Humpy 2622 – 3.5

7-9. IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2503, WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2428 and WGM Kovanova Baira 2385 – 3.0

10. GM Zhao Xue 2490 – 2.5

11. WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2244 – 2.0

12. IM Danielian Elina 2491 – 1.0

Round 8 on 2010/05/04 at 15:00

GM Zhu Chen 2476 - IM Danielian Elina 2491

WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2428 - GM Zhao Xue 2490

GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479 - GM Hou Yifan 2570

WGM Kovanova Baira 2385 - IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2503

GM Koneru Humpy 2622 - GM Cramling Pia 2523

WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2244 - GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524

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Zhao Xue - Elina Danielan

Zhao Xue – Elina Danielan 1-0

Zhu Chen

Zhu Chen with a victory in round seven

Blue Lake

The rest day was used for excursion to the famous Blue Lake. The surrounding are packed with nature lovers on weekends.

Blue Lake lunch

GM Adrian Mikhalchishin serving during the traditional Balkarian lunch. Potato pancakes are served as desert.

Nalchik mountain

The narrow mountain passage is well known to the Chessdom Editor, who visited in 2008

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