NEW DELHI: Top seed K. Humpy kept alive chances of justifying her ranking by expectedly beating tailender Zeinab Mamedjarova of Armenia in the eighth round of the Women Grand Prix chess championship at Istanbul on Monday.

The 38-move victory with white pieces helped Humpy stay within striking distance of the new leader and fellow former World junior girls champion Zhao Xue who took over from compatriot Hou Yifan at the top of the table following a 79-move victory.

Meanwhile, at Nice, Viswanathan Anand suffered a 0.5-1.5 loss to young Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament.

These results left Anand sharing the sixth spot with two others at three points.

The results: At Istanbul (eighth round): K. Humpy (6.5) bt Zeinab Mamedjarova (Aze, 1.5); Hou Yifan (Chn, 6.5) lost to Zhao Xue (Chn, 7); Betul Cemre Yildiz (Tur, 0.5) lost to Danielian (Arm, 5.5); Martha Fierro Baquero (Ecu, 3.5) lost to Marie Sebag (Fra, 4.5); Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul, 4) drew with Maia Chiburdanidze (Geo, 4); Pia Cramling (Swe, 3) bt Shen Yang (Chn, 2).

At Nice (third round): Blindfold: Viswanathan Anand (1.5) lost to Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5); Sergey Karjakin (Ukr, 1) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5); Wang Yue (Chn, 0.5) lost to Veselin Topalov (Bul, 2.5); Peter Leko (Hun, 2) bt Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 0.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 2) bt Gata Kamsky (USA, 0.5); Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 1) drew with Alexander Morozevich (Rus, 1.5).

Rapid: Carlsen (1) drew with Anand (1.5); Kramnik (1) drew with Karjakin (2); Topalov (1) drew with Wang Yue (1); Ivanchuk (1.5) bt Leko (1); Kamsky (2) bt Aronian (2); Morozevich (2.5) drew with Radjabov (1.5).

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