A 23-move draw with Ukraine’s Kateryna Lagno kept K. Humpy in the lead at 3.5 points after four rounds of the FIDE women’s Grand Prix chess championship at Tashkent on Saturday.

Though the draw snapped Humpy’s winning sequence, it helped her retain her half-point lead over compatriot D. Harika, settled for a 43-move deadlock with China’s Ju Wenjun.

A day after all decisive matches, the round saw only the two Russians, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya, emerge triumphant.

The results (fourth round): K. Humpy (3.5) drew with Kateryna Lagno (Ukr, 2.5); Ju Wenjun (Chn, 2) drew with D. Harika (3); Elina Danielian (Arm, 1) drew with Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul, 2); Olga Girya (Rus, 2) bt Nafisa Muminova (Uzb, 1); Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (Kaz, 1) drew with Zhao Xue (Chn, 2.5); Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus, 1.5) bt Bela Khotenashvili (Geo, 2).

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