After 7 rounds GM Howell of England and IM Braun of Germany have taken over the lead from GM Li of China. The young female Chinese phenom Yifan Hou remains in contention with 5.5 points, only 1/2 point from the lead.

1 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 6
2 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 6

3 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 5½
4 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 5½
5 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 5½

Full standings: http://wjcc2008.tsf.org.tr/component/option,com_turnuva/task,show/dosya,24/Itemid,24/lang,en/

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