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Who stops Zhao Xue?
Friday, 14 October 2011
141011_xue1.jpgThe leader of the Grand Prix stage in Nalchik Zhao Xue more and more tears from her pursuers. In the fifth round of the competition, which was held on Friday, the Chinese player got her fifth victory, this time - against Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine. Duel proceeded in an acute tactical struggle. Ukrainian chess player in the opening sacrificed the pawn, then the piece. But in the endgame Zhao managed to repel the attack of her opponent, to take the initiative and win the game.

Another representative of China Ju Wenjun is still on the second place. After the victories in two first rounds she has made the third draw in a row. This time Chinese chess player parted in peace with Victoria Cmilyte after which her assets had become 3.5 points.

Places from the third to the fourth are shared by the Russian sportswoman Nadezhda Kosintseva and Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria, each has 3 points. Both won in the fifth round. Nadezhda beat Batuyag Munguntuul from Mongolia, Antoaneta - Russian Alisa Galliamova.

Tatiana Kosintseva in this round defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk, another representative of Russia - Ekaterina Kovalevskaya parted in peace with Zhu Chen from Qatar.

On Saturday, October 15, in the sixth round the following games will take place: Zhu Chen - Zhao Xue, Kosteniuk - Ju Wenjun, Batkhuyag - Stefanova, Lahno - N.Kosintseva, Galliamova - T.Kosintseva, Kovalevskaya - Chmilyte.

We shall add that according to the Rules of the tournament the participants are not allowed to offer each other a draw before the move 50.
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