Seven players fight each other with varying success, and they all lose to Goryachkina. No wonder that under such circumstances the leader keeps running away.
Prior to the third rest day, the candidates came very close to making a drawless round again, however, the longest game of the day ended peacefully, thus breaking a pleasant tradition. However, another tradition remains – Aleksandra keeps printing her norm of 2.5/3.
In the 7th round, playing against Mariya Muzychuk, she was forced to spend several hours defending. Having lost a central pawn in the middlegame, Goryachkina missed a chance to create problems for the opponent and transposed to an ending with compensation in form of an active rook. However, a slight inaccuracy of the leader allowed Black to free her pieces and keep an extra pawn.
A. Goryachkina – M. Muzychuk