Ju Wenjun with one to go

Marie Sebag against Anna Zatonskih © official site
Marie Sebag and Zhu Chen both won again and are rapidly moving up the table. On the other hand, Tatiana Kosintseva, who has lost three in a row, and wooden spooner, Anna Zatonskih, are clearly out of form. With one round to go, Ju Wenjun is a clear point ahead.

A series of long games in round 8 (138 moves is extremely rare!) have left the top of the table unchanged. Drawing with Black against Harika Dronavalli is an important step For Ju Wenjun on her way to the title. As tomorrow is the last round, she is now assured of at least equal first.

A summary of round 8:

White Rating  Result Black Rating Moves
Nana Dzagnidze 2485  ½-½ Kosintseva Nadezhda 2537  138
Hou Yifan 2557  ½-½ Zhao Xue 2513   49
Sebag Marie 2515  1-0 Zatonskih Anna 2510   81
Harika Dronavalli 2522  ½-½ Ju Wenjun  2575   54
Zhu Chen 2470  1-0 Kosintseva Tatiana 2460   34

The time limit is the one that is gradually becoming a standard in strong FIDE events:

40 moves in 90 minutes, then 30 minutes for the remainder of the game. There is, in addition, an increment of 30 seconds by move.

The Sofia rule is also being applied, which means that "draws agreed by mutual consent" before move 30 are forbidden.

The Standings after round 8:

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