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Chess News by CB/Com Dzagindze stubles, Zhao Advances ..

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Feb 23, 2016, 8:00 AM 0

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Dzagnidze stumbles, Zhao advances

by Alina L'Ami

2/22/2016 – With four decisive games round 9 was again combative. And it saw remarkable changes at the top: Nana Dzagnidze lost with Black against Pia Cramling and was caught up by Zhao Xue who won with Black against the former leader, Natalija Pogonina. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh obtained her first GM norm by defeating Antoaneta Stefanova with White. Report by Alina l'Ami.

 

 

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The second rest day did not have the same effect on all the players. Some of them returned to the chess board with renewed forces, while others seemed to be taken out of their rhythm. Round 9 maintained the high percentage of decisive games (4 with 2 draws) and saw some spectacular changes at the top.

Nana Dzagnidze lost an important point with Black against Pia Cramling and was caught up by Zhao Xue who won with Black against the former leader, Natalija Pogonina. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh obtained her first GM norm by defeating Antoaneta Stefanova with White and Humpy Koneru reached the floating level 50% by winning her second Tartakower QG against Valentina Gunina. Ju Wenjun - Natalia Zhukova and Harika Dronavalli - Nino Batsiashvili ended in draws after fierce defence from Black in the former and White in the latter. The tournament has two leaders, Zhao Xue and Nana Dzagnidze, both on 6.5/9, being trailed by half a point by Ju Wenjun and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh.

Round 9 results:

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

Res.

 

Name

Rtg

SNo.

5

GM

Harika Dronavalli

2511

½ - ½

IM

Batsiashvili Nino

2485

12

6

GM

Cramling Pia

2521

1 - 0

GM

Dzagnidze Nana

2529

4

7

GM

Ju Wenjun

2558

½ - ½

GM

Zhukova Natalia

2484

3

8

WGM

Pogonina Natalija

2454

0 - 1

GM

Zhao Xue

2506

2

9

IM

Khademalsharieh Sarasadat

2403

1 - 0

GM

Stefanova Antoaneta

2509

1

10

GM

Gunina Valentina

2496

0 - 1

GM

Koneru Humpy

2583

11

 

Standings

Pia Cramling - Nana Dzagnidze 1-0

Playing with White against Nana Dzagnidze, Pia Cramling declined the invitation to the Vienna, transposing to the Rubinstein system in Queen's Gambit Accepted.

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