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Four in a row for Hou Yifan!

Hou Yifan against Anna Muzychuk © official site
Another win by Hou Yifan has left her in a dominating position in the Rostov Women's Grand Prix. She now has a 1½ point lead over today's only other winner, Kateryna Lahno, who is alone in second position. After tomorrow's rest day, the next round will be on Sunday the 7th of August.

Hou Yifan coolly stemmed the attack that Black tends to obtain in the Marshall Attack. Then a king walk towards the centre didn't deter her as she held onto her extra pawns into the queen endgame.

Kateryna Lahno won in an instructive manner. With Rook and opposite bishop each she had the more active pieces and concerned herself with keeping and enhancing the pressure. later Kosintseva had to drop two pawns, which was too much for the black position to support, despite the Russian's best attemps to hold off the inevitable.


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