16 participants out of 64 continue to play in the World Championship. Three games Kosteniuk – Ruan Lufei, Skripchenko – Cmilyte and Harika - Muzychuk Maria were drawn. Two games were finished relatively quick but in the third one Harika Dronavaliy was trying to win rook ending with pawn up but after 90 moves players shared a point. Among the winners of the first game are Humpy Koneru, Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Katerina Lahno, Ju Wenjun. The game between Chinese Hou Yifan and her former compatriot Zhu Chen ended in favor of the young prodigy. After 20 moves the position was about equal. The player from Qatar underestimated her pawn weaknesses in the ending which followed after the queen trade that she proposed herself. Hou Yifan was accurate to prove the ending to be won.
Only 16 participants are left in the playing hall
16 years old Hou Yifan won in 39 moves today.
Harika Dronavalli concentrates before the long game.
Both games Kosteniuk – Ruan Lufei and Cmilyte-Skripchenko ended in a draw.
Katerina Lahno confidently won against Huang Qian.
Anna Zatonskih playing with white pieces was ready to fight today but lost to her opponent Humpy Koneru.
Playing with white pieces against Ju Wenjun Anna Muzychuk lost her first game in the championship.
Zhao Xue could win against Yelena Dembo several times in the middle game but preferred to enter an endgame with 2 pawns up and win it safely.
Photo shooting before the games.