Round 7: China and India remain on top followed by Russia
China overtook Georgia. Ju Wenjun won against Lela Javakhishvili on the second board and Zhao Xue won against Bela Khotenashvili on the third.
India vs. Greece suddenly was not such a clear match. In the final position of the game the leader of Greek team Elena Dembo had an advantage against Humpy Koneru, but agreed a draw. Two more games were drawn, despite the rating difference. Only a victory of Harika Dronavalli against Marina Makropoulou helped India to take 2 match points.
Russia won against Turkey 3-1. However, the second board of Turkish squad Kubra Ozturk became a grandmaster winning the game against Tatiana Kosintseva – Ozturk had all the norms completed and needed only the rating points. Kubra becomes the second Turkish-born women grandmaster in the home country of the championship.
Ukraine took an upper hand on Armenia 2.5 – 1.5 in an uncompromising battle. Elina Danielian won against Anna Ushenina, but Mariya Muzychuk and Inna Gaponenko struck back by winning against Lilit Mkrtchian and Lilit Galojan respectively. The last board game ended in a draw.
Vietnam crushed RSA 4-0.
Standings after round 7: China – 14; India – 11; Russia - 10; Ukraine, Vietnam, Georgia – 8; Armenia – 6; Turkey – 4; Greece – 1; RSA - 0.
You can find the pictures of the 7th round in the Photo Gallery.