The defending Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan, the #2 ranked player in this competition, is eliminated after losing both playoff games to Monika Socko. After winning the first game with black, Hou Yifan lost the next 3 games.
The #1 ranked player of the championship, Humpy Koneru, was eliminated yesterday by Natalia Zhukova. 3rd seed Anna Muzychuk is also eliminated today after losing both playoff games to Ushenina.
There is a good chance that a new world champion will be crowned as Stefanova remains the only one left in the competition who has once held the crown before.
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