Humpy stays on top after draw with Wenjun

The top seed from Vijayawada has 4.5 points, following her draw with China's Ju Wenjun in the sixth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament. Dronavalli Harika is placed second alongside Wenjun and Stefanova.

Koneru Humpy jotting down her move during the game against Ju Wenjun of China on Friday.   -  Special Arrangement

Koneru Humpy maintained her sole lead at the end of the sixth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix chess at Chengdu, China, on Friday. The top seed from Vijayawada has 4.5 points, following her draw with Ju Wenjun of the host nation.

The second-seeded Wenjun is among three players in the second position on four points; Vijayawada girl Dronavalli Harika and former World champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria are the others.

Harika, seeded fifth, drew with Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine, while Stefanova defeated Georgian Lela Javakhishvili. Five rounds remain in this 12-player round-robin affair.

Russia’s Valentina Gunina and Nana Dzanigdze are on top of the table in the Grand Prix, with 205 points each.

Alexander Kosteniuk of Russia is placed third with 195 points, followed by Humpy and Zhao Xue, with 190 points each. Harika has 45 points, but unlike the leading players, she has played only one Grand Prix tournament (a contestant could play three). This is the fourth of the five legs of the in 2015-16 cycle.

The results (sixth round): Koneru Humpy (Ind) 4.5 drew with Ju Wenjun (Chn) 4; Anna Muzychuk (Ukr) 2.5 drew with Dronavalli Harika (Ind) 4; Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr) 3 bt Pia Cramling (Swe) 2; Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul) 4 bt Lela Javakhishvili (Geo) 2; Bela Khotenashvili (Geo) 3 drew with Tan Zhongyi (Chn); Zhao Xue (Chn) 2 drew with Olga Girya (Rus) 3.