Hou Yifan In Sight Of Grand Prix Title

SharjahGP-round8-08 Hou Yifan In Sight Of Grand Prix Title
By Arvind Aaron

Hou Yifan leads Koneru Humpy by three points and with three rounds still to be played, the Chinese world women’s champion is assured of the FIDE Grand Prix title.

Indian players, Koneru Humpy and D Harika remained quiet with round eight draws and the Chinese leaders also split points.

Harika and Zhu Chen repeated the position in only 18 moves while Humpy drew Ushenina in 47 uninteresting moves.

In a quiet queen and minor piece ending the Chinese leaders called for the peace treaty. Three rounds remain to be played. Mongolian Batchimeg won and moved one point behind the leaders.

The results (round eight): Zhao Xue (Chn) 4 drew with Tatiana Kosintseva (Rus) 4; Anna Ushenina (Ukr) 4.5 drew with Honeru Humpy (Ind) 3.5; Zhu Chen (Qat) 1.5 drew with Dronavalli Harika (Ind) 4.5; Ju Wenjun (Chn) 6.5 drew with Hou Yifan (Chn) 6.5; Elina Danielian (Arm) 4.5 bt Nafisa Muminova (Uzb) 2; Tuvshintugs Batchimeg (Mgl) 5.5 bt Alina L’Ami (Rom) 1.

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