Koneru Humpy looked comfortable going into the ninth round, after Tuesday’s rest day, in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament at Dilijan, Armenia.
With just three rounds remaining, the top-seeded Indian has six points, half-a-point ahead of second-seeded Anna Muzychuk of Slovenia.
India’s D. Harika is placed ninth with 3.5 points.
The standings (after eight rounds): 1. Koneru Humpy (Ind) 6; 2. Anna Muzychuk (Slo) 5.5; 3-4. Tatiana Kosintseva (Rus) & Nana Dzagnidze (Geo) 4.5; 5-7. Tuvshintugs Batchimeg (Mgl), Anna Ushenina (Ukr) and Olga Girya (Rus) 4; 8-9. Viktorija Cymlite (Ltu) and D. Harika (Ind) 3.5; Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul) & Bela Khotenashvili (Geo) 3; 12. Elina Danielian (Arm) 2.5.