With just two games to go, Hou Yifan has taken over the sole lead after beating Kovalevskaya with black today. Ju Wenjun drew with Mkrtchian with black and she is now 1/2 point behind with 2 games to go.

Standings after 9 rounds

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 WGM Ruan Lufei 2483 1 – 0 GM Zhao Xue 2556 12
6 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2417 0 – 1 GM Hou Yifan 2617 4
7 GM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2516 1 – 0 GM Danielian Elina 2480 3
8 GM Lahno Kateryna 2537 ½ – ½ IM Khurtsidze Nino 2456 2
9 IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2447 ½ – ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2598 1
10 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2450 ½ – ½ WGM Ju Wenjun 2518 11

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