Elina Danielian held a draw against Lilit Mkrtchian with the black pieces easily enough but that did bring an end to her winning run. In second place are Pia Cramling who beat Antoaneta Stefanova and Marie Sebag who beat Martha Fierro Baquero. Humpy Koneru’s slim chances of getting the tournament win she needs to qualify for a World Title Match later in the year stayed alive when she beat Maia Chiburdanidze. She will have to beat Danielian with the white pieces in Round 8 and pick up the pace against the rest of the field too. The official site has lots of pictures from the rest day. Everyone seems to be having fun.

Source: The Week in Chess