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15 February 2019

Valentina Gunina Maintains Leadership at Cairns Cup

Alexandra Kosteniuk pursues her.

Photo: Spectrum Studios
Photo: Spectrum Studios

In the penultimate eighth round of the 2019 Cairns Cup in Saint Louis, Marie Sebag (France) defeated Irina Krush (USA), while the games Dronavalli (India) - Khotenashvili (Georgia), Dzagnidze (Georgia) - Kosteniuk (Russia), Gunina (Russia) - Abdumalik (Kazakhstan), Paehtz (Germany) - Zatonskikh (USA) were drawn. 



Standings after Round 8:

1. Valentina Gunina - 6.6
2. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 6
3-4. Irina Krush, Dronavalli Harika - 4.5
5. Nana Dzagnidze - 4
6. Zhansaya Abdumalik - 3.5
7-8. Bela Khotenashvili, Marie Sebag - 3 
9-10. Elisabeth Paehtz, Anna Zatonskikh - 2.5. 

In the final 9th round, the leaders will face each other: Alexandra Kotsneiuk will have the white pieces against Valentina Gunina. Other games are as follows: Zatonskikh - Sebag, Abdumalik - Paehtz, Khotenashvili - Dzagnidze, and Krush - Dronavalli.

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