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Monday, July 23, 2012

Women's Chess Grand Prix Jermuk R6: Ju Wenjun in Lead; Yifan, Humpy, Lufei Half-a-Point Behind

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Hi everyone,

The Fide Women's Chess Grand Prix is currently on in Jermuk. After six rounds, China's Ju Wenjun continues to lead with a well-earned 4.5 points. In Round six, only two games were decisive. Koneru Humpy beat Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Nino Khurtsidze lost to Ruan Lufei. The other games - Zhao Xue-Munguntuul Batkhuyag, Mkrtchian Lilit-Lahno Kateryna, Ju Wenjun-Kosintseva Nadezhda, Danielian Elina-Hou Yifan were draws.

Ju Wenjun in Lead
Earlier, in the fifth round, Hou Yifan beat Khurtsidze and Nadezhda Kosintseva lost to Lilit Mkrtchian. The other games were all draws: Ruan Lufei-Koneru Humpy, Kovalevskaya-Ju Wenjun and Lahno-Munguntuul.

Here are the standings after six rounds as the girls go into the first rest day on Monday. Ju Wenjun has 4.5 points, Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy and Ruan Lufei at 4.0 points, Elina Danielian, Kateryna Lahno, Lilit Mkrtchian, Zhao Xue are at 3.5 points each, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya and Nadezhda Kosintseva at 2.5 points each, Batkhuyag Munguntuul at 2.0 and Nino Khurtsidze.

The nice Humpy-Kovalevskaya game showing the importance of central pawns is available at Chess King.

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