Hou Yifan on target again!

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Elina Danielian became the fifth victim at the hands of World Champion Hou Yifan and is now 1½ points clear again. Tatiana Kosintseva won her second game in a row and has joined Kateryna Lahno in second place.

Hou Yifan surprised Elina Danielian with the 3.f3 variation against the Caro-Kann. The tournament leader inflicted kingside weaknesses on the Armenian in the early middlegame. This in itself was probably not serious, but an unsuccessful attempt to break out rebounded on Danielian and Hou Yifan cashed in.

Ruan Lufei's activity in the central arena led to self-weakening, rather than an attack, and Tatiana Kosintseva was able to take control.

Anna Muzychuk tried the Leningrad Dutch, and was able to obtain enough play with a clever knight manoeuvre. Later when Humpy Koneru started to press, Muzychuk sacrificed the exchange for a fortress.

Alisa Galliamova and Alexandra Kosteniuk played out a very sharp opening variation, which looked rather dubious for Kosteniuk. However she somehow survived the complications and obtained an equal endgame.

Kateryna Lahno didn't obtain any advantage against Ekateryna Kovalevskaya's active handling of the Tarrasch.

The game between Antoaneta Stefanova and Nadezhda Kosintseva involved early exchanges. Kosintseva pressed for a while, then it was Stefanova's turn, but it always stayed balanced.

The round 6 summary:

White Rating Result Black    Rating Moves Opening
Ruan Lufei 2479  0-1 Tatiana Kosintseva 2557    63 Sicilian Scheveningen
Kateryna Lahno 2536  ½-½  Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2427     27 QGD Tarrasch
Hou Yifan 2575  1-0 Elina Danielian 2521    40 Caro-Kann Fantasy
Antoaneta Stefanova 2524   ½-½  Kosintseva Nadezhda  2560    44 QGD Ragozin
Humpy Koneru 2614   ½-½  Anna Muzychuk 2538     48 Leningrad Dutch
Alisa Galliamova 2492   ½-½  Alexandra Kosteniuk 2497    62 Nimzoindian Classical

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