|1||WIM Zenyuk, Iryna||3.0||2243||WGM Foisor, Sabina||2.5||2300||1-0|
|2||IM Zatonskih, Anna||4.5||2466||WFM Kats, Alena||2.0||2144||1-0|
|3||WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina||2.0||2263||WGM Baginskaite, Camilla||2.5||2278||½-½|
|4||WFM Chiang, Sarah||1.0||2098||WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev||5.0||2280||½-½|
|5||IM Krush, Irina||5.5||2470||WIM Ni, Viktorija||2.0||2262||1-0|
|1||IM Krush, Irina||6.5||F||2470||2679||+1.18||1||1||1||1||1||½||1|
|2||IM Zatonskih, Anna||5.5||F||2466||2489||+0.25||1||1||0||1||½||1||1|
|3||WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev||5.5||F||2280||2486||+1.78||1||1||½||1||½||1||½|
|4||WIM Zenyuk, Iryna||4.0||F||2243||2312||+0.67||1||0||1||0||½||½||1|
|5||WGM Baginskaite, Camilla||3.0||F||2278||2230||-0.50||½||0||1||½||½||0||½|
|6||WGM Foisor, Sabina||2.5||F||2300||2152||-1.44||0||0||0||1||1||½||0|
|7||WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina||2.5||F||2263||2206||-0.60||0||1||1||0||0||0||½|
|8||WIM Ni, Viktorija||2.0||F||2262||2122||-1.36||½||½||0||0||1||0||0|
|9||WFM Kats, Alena||2.0||F||2144||2170||+0.11||0||½||½||½||0||½||0|
|10||WFM Chiang, Sarah||1.5||F||2098||2091||-0.09||0||0||0||0||0||1||½|
Krush back to form with a win, Zatonskih had to work hard for her victory over Alena Kats but won the point with white in the end, to move 1 point back of the lead and moved into second place over Abrahamyan, who dropped to third after drawing her game with Sarah Chiang (according to the live commentary at one point GM Yasser Seirawan really liked Abrahamyan's chances of winning the game, so -- something happened -- but perhaps after her win yesterday Chiang has got over a big psychological barrier and is now playing up to her full potential). Belakovskaia and Baginskaite drew their game in 31 moves.
I didn't expect to see a draw in Krush's game (which I didn't), and I didn't expect to see a draw in Abrahamyan's game, either; I was surprised there! Obviously this has big implications for today's R8 where Krush and Abrahamyan will face off against each other.
Let's take a look at R8 match-ups:
|1||WGM Foisor, Sabina||2.5||2300||WIM Ni, Viktorija||2.0||2262|
|2||WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev||5.5||2280||IM Krush, Irina||6.5||2470|
|3||WGM Baginskaite, Camilla||3.0||2278||WFM Chiang, Sarah||1.5||2098|
|4||WFM Kats, Alena||2.0||2144||WGM Belakovskaia, Anjelina||2.5||2263|
|5||WIM Zenyuk, Iryna||4.0||2243||IM Zatonskih, Anna||5.5||2466|
The games I'll be following are Abrahamyan v. Krush and Zenyuk v. Zatonskih. Realistically, one would expect both Krush and Zatonskih to win their respective games despite playing with the black pieces. Both championships, however, have thrown up interesting surprises (like Kamsky's and Onischuk's draws yesterday), and my score as a prognosticator isn't very good, darlings :) So I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the action on live coverage for R8 while continuing my house-cleaning blitz.
I will also be paying attention to the women's lower boards as the ladies on the bottom half of the scoreboard will be fighing for every increment of prize money.
And the Goddesschess Fighting Spirit (Fighting Chess) Prize of $500 is up for grabs. The women are NOT making it easy to select a winner, let me tell you!