Round 4 Match 01
|Sebag, Marie (FRA)||1||0||1|
|Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)||0||1||1|
Round 4 Match 02
|Ju, Wenjun (CHN)||½||½||1|
|Huang, Qian (CHN)||½||½||1|
Round 4 Match 03
|Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)||½||0||0.5|
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½||1||1.5|
Round 4 Match 04
|Zhao, Xue (CHN)||½||½||1|
|Harika, Dronavalli (IND)||½||½||1|
With three players still in it, the odds favor a Chinese champion. But I really have no clue what may happen. This championship has had totally unexpected results but I am also happy to see the names of players other than the favorites time after time, event after event! I am a fan of Marie Sebag, who earned her final GM norm a few years ago playing in the European Chess Championship (Open). Dronavalli is another player I admire because, like Sebag, she also plays in Opens on a frequent basis. Her chess progress had seemed to stall a bit the last few years, but something sure lit a fire under here, and I'm glad to see her advance this far. Perhaps that spark will burn even brighter in the coming years.
We'll see. Tomorrow four players will go home, and only four will remain. Woo woo!