Nalchik Becomes Zhao Xue's City

Время публикации: 18.10.2011 01:28 | Последнее обновление: 18.10.2011 01:34

Chinese sportswoman is three points ahead, three rounds before the finish


Zhao Xue makes it clear – she gained one another victory, this time over Kosintseva N. in the 8th round of the Women’s Grand Prix that takes place in Nalchik, Russia. Now Chinese sportswoman has 7.5 points out of 8 possible.


Perfect compensation for the exchange and better chances for White, this was until Nadezhda made a decisive mistake:

25...Re8? 26.f4! Nxg4 27.Qxe8 Ne3 28.Bd8! Rb8 29.Qxf8+! Kxf8 30.Bxc7 shortly after Zhao Xue celebrated victory.

Zhao Xue’s nearest rival Ju Wenjun is now three points behind her because in an intense struggle she lost to Batkhuyag Munguntuul. The first place is not vacant any more.

For the last years Nalchik was considered as a lucky city of Russian sportswomen: Alexandra Kosteniuk gained the World’s Champion title in Kabardino-Balkaria in 2008, Tatiana Kosintseva won one of the Grand Prix’s legs in 2010. However, now Zhao Xue didn’t leave any chances to any of Russian players: neither Kosintseva sisters, nor Kosteniuk and Galliamova.   


47.Ra6!!, and White got a decisive advantage. 47.Ba6? is a mistake because of 47...Bxa6 48.a8Q Bf1+.

In other decisive games of the day Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Kovalevskaya, while Stefanova was defeated by Zhu Chen. Two games ended in draws. Alisa Galliamova managed to save a worse position against Viktorija Cmilyte, Lahno and Kosintseva agreed to draw in an equal position.

Tomorrow is a day-off that will be followed by three final rounds. 

Pairings, results, standings, all games

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