Congratulations to WGM Xiaobing Gu, winner of theAustralian Women’s Masters 2016! Although first place had been decided before the last day, many of the players still had plenty to play for in round 9, with the minor placings a potential WIM norm on the line!
As it turned out, Hanna Leks; Jilin Zhang had a quick draw, but the other three games were all won by the higher rated player, which meant that the pre-round minor placings remained, with Deimante Daulyte finishing in outright second place. Ticia Gara in outright third. It also meant that no players received WIM norms from the tournament.
In the Reserves, Jody Middleton had already secured at least equal first place, but was joined by Narelle Szuveges, who managed to defeat Lillian Lu after Tanya Krstevska was unable to win her game.
1 WGM Gu Xiaobing CHN 2286 7
2 IM Daulyte Deimante LTU 2378 6.5
3 WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2347 6
4 WGM Ryjanova Julia RUS 2387 5.5
5 WGM Zhang Jilin CHN 2250 5.5
6 WFM Gosciniak Maria POL 2090 4
7 WIM Leks Hanna POL 2192 3
8 Novosadova Kristyna CZE 2231 3
9 IM Berezina Irina AUS 2178 2.5
10 WFM Stangl Anita Dr. GER 2052 2
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