FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika overcomes Nana Dzagnidze to register second straight win

Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika posted a second straight win, beating Nana Dzagnidze in the fourth round to remain in joint lead at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament.

Press Trust of India March 06, 2020 11:55:04 IST
FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika overcomes Nana Dzagnidze to register second straight win
  • Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika posted a second straight win, beating Nana Dzagnidze in the fourth round to remain in joint lead at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament

  • Harika, the world No 9, has three points after four rounds and shares the lead with Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia, who beat Bulgaria's Antoneta Stefanova

  • She faces the 21-year-old Goryachkina in the fifth round

Lausanne: Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika posted a second straight win, beating Nana Dzagnidze in the fourth round to remain in joint lead at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament.

FIDE Womens Grand Prix Indias Dronavalli Harika overcomes Nana Dzagnidze to register second straight win

File image of Harika Dronavalli. Image courtesy: Twitter@HarikaDronavali

Harika, the world No 9, has three points after four rounds and shares the lead with Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia, who beat Bulgaria's Antoneta Stefanova.

Harika outclassed her Georgian opponent late on Thursday in 27 moves in a queen pawn opening capitalising on an error in the 25th move.

She faces the 21-year-old Goryachkina in the fifth round.

In a surprise result, Zhanasaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan (Elo 2471) defeated former world champion and higher-rated Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia, Elo 2504) in 37 moves.

World champion Ju Wenjun of China, who was beaten by Harika in round three, was held to a draw by Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) on Thursday. She is in the 11th spot with 1.5 points.

The strong tournament featuring 12 players, including the world champion Wenjun, is the third in the series of four Grand Prix from which two with the highest points tally would qualify for the next candidate's event.

Round 4 results: Dronavalli Harika (IND) 3 beat Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) 2; Ju Wenjun (CHN) 1.5 drew with Anna Muzychuk (UKR) 2.5; Marie Sebag (FRA) 1.5 drew with Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) 2; Alexandra Goryachkina (RUS) 3 beat Antoneta Stefanova (BUL) 1.5; Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) 2 beat Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 0.5; Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 2.5 drew with Pia Cramling (SWE) 2.

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