Here are the standings after R3:
|Ranking crosstable after Round 3|
|11||3||WGM||Betul Cemre Yildiz||2333||TUR||0||1||0||*||1||0||1.5||0|
As you can see, darlings, it is another star-studded event! There's still lots of chess to be played. It's an 11-round event and as we've seen before, anything can and sometimes does happen!
What I find striking about this tournament is that no player has jumped out with 3.0, or even 2.5! Wow! It seems that in recent memory, the mark of the eventual winner (or runner-up) has been jumping out to a commanding early lead. Well, we'll see what develops.
In this particular event, I'm rooting for Kosteniuk and Koneru.
Here's the official website. The Republic of Tatarstan? What the hell is THAT? Did a revolution occur that I slept through? (probably won't be the first time or last. Just wake me up when the decimated American middle class decides to say FU to the top 1% slave masters. I don't want to miss that revolution.)