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FIDE WGP Rd8 - Zhansaya Abdumalik Increases Her Lead Image

FIDE WGP Rd8 - Zhansaya Abdumalik Increases Her Lead

May 30, 2021

IM Zhansaya Abdumalik, of Kazakhstan, increased her lead to a full point over the field in round eight of the Gibraltar leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix by defeating Alina Kashlinskaya of Russia. Zhansaya also took a big step towards achieving the rating she needs for her GM title. Kateryna Lagno, of Russia, front runner for the Candidates’ place which will go to the highest placed eligible player, lost her game to Gunay Mammadzada of Azerbaijan, but despite that reverse remains the best placed contender to go through to the Candidates.

By scoring her third successive win Gunay has taken herself to the brink of a nine-round GM norm for which she a draw against Anna Muzychuk in round nine.