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Nothing new in Nalchik, Zhao Xue wins again, extends lead

GM Zhao Xue continues the domination in the Nalchik FIDE Grand Prix and defeats the former world champion Zhu Chen to extend the lead to full two points ahead of the opposition.

The game was dynamic but roughly balanced until Chen blundered horribly on the 55th move and lost soon thereafter.

Antoaneta Stefanova won the third game in a row and is now sharing the 2nd place with Ju Wenjun. Alexandra Kosteniuk ended the negative trend while Munguntuul Batkhuyag remains on the bottom of the scoreboard.

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Nalchik playing hall

The playing hall in Hotel Sindika

Round 6 results:
IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2421 1 – 0 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2525
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2469 ½ – ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2536
IM Galliamova Alisa 2498 ½ – ½ GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2536
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2467 0 – 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2528
GM Lahno Kateryna 2554 ½ – ½ GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2560
GM Zhu Chen 2490 0 – 1 GM Zhao Xue 2497

Round 6 standings:
1. GM Zhao Xue 2497 CHN – 6.0
2-3. WGM Ju Wenjun 2536 CHN and GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2528 BUL – 4.0
4-5. IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2421 RUS and GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2560 RUS – 3½
6. GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2536 RUS – 3.0
7-9. GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2525 LTU, GM Lahno Kateryna 2554 UKR and GM Zhu Chen 2490 QAT – 2½
10. IM Galliamova Alisa 2498 RUS – 2.0
11. GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2469 RUS – 1½
12. IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2467 MGL – 1.0

Round 7 pairings:
GM Zhao Xue 2497 – IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2421
GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2560 – GM Zhu Chen 2490
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2528 – GM Lahno Kateryna 2554
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2536 – IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2467
WGM Ju Wenjun 2536 – IM Galliamova Alisa 2498
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2525 – GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2469

Antoaneta Stefanova

Antoaneta Stefanova

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

Ekaterina Kovalevskaya

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Viktorija Cmilyte

Viktorija Cmilyte

Zhu Chen

Zhu Chen

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