Koneru, Yifan and Zhao are the 3 Semi-Finalists
After the second game 3 participants of semi-final matches were determined. Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru will meet at the board in semi-final as it happened in Nalchik in 2008. Both of them confidently drew their games today and thus won their matches against Katerina Lahno and Ju Wenjun accordingly. Almira Skripchenko was eliminated today by Zhao Xue. The French player simply blundered a piece in a good position. She was playing for 11 days without any pause and won three previous matches on tie-breaks. Her opponent Chinese Zhao Xue will meet with the winner of the match Harika – Ruan which will be determined on tie-breaks tomorrow. The classic part of Indian-Chinese encounter ended with two draws. Both participants proved to be good rapid players and it`s not easy to give prognoses.
The last players from Europe Alimra Skripchenko and Katerina Lahno leave the playing venue.
A handshake between Katerina Lahno and Hou Yifan before the second game.
Almira Skripchenko adjusts the pieces before the second game.
Humpy Koneru drew the second game and won the match against Ju Wenjun.
Harika Dronavalli concentrated before the game
Sweet “doping” from a coach.
Chinese Ju Wenjun before her last game in the championship.
Journalist Asli Kara and Maria Bolshakova in the playing hall.