The North Urals Cup is heading to a very exciting finish. 4 players are tied for 1st with all players within 1.5 points from each other.

Round 8 Standings:

1-4. Zhu Chen g QAT 2522 5.0
1-4. Lahno, Kateryna m UKR 2450 5.0
1-4. Zhao Xue wg CHN 2500 5.0
1-4. Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2429 5.0

5-8. Ushenina, Anna m UKR 2502 3.5
5-8. Muzychuk, Anna wg SLO 2456 3.5
5-8. Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2468 3.5
5-8. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2481 3.5

9-10. Hou Yifan wg CHN 2523 3.0
9-10. Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2457 3.0

Final round pairings:

Zhao Xue (5) – Lahno (5)
Muzychuk (3.5) – Pogonina (5)
Zhu Chen (5) – Stefanova (3.5)
Paehtz (3) – Ushenina (3.5)
Hou Yifan (3) – Galliamova (3.5)

Here is the official website: http://www.northuralscup.ru/2007/tournamenteng.shtml

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