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Round 2: Humpy Koneru and Zhao Xue take the lead
By WFM Maria Emelianova

r2 018 WGPTashkent2013 startofroundThree of six games in the second round ended up in quick (but not quiet) draws: Ju Wenjun didn't find a winning move against Kateryna Lagno, Olga Girya had a minimum advantage against Antoaneta Stefanova, which was not enough for an active play, and Harika Dronavalli got a comfortable position with Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and the game logically went to a half-point.

Two rating-leaders of Tashkent Grand Prix managed to take the lead both winning with black pieces: Zhao Xue outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk and Humpy Koneru again had the longest but successful battle - today against Elina Danielian. 

The novice of the Grand Prix Nafisa Muminova overplayed Bela Khotenashvili in the opening but couldn't find a winning move and blundered in a time trouble.

Pictures from the second round and press conference.
Tournament standings
Round 1: time trouble
By WFM Maria Emelianova

r1 018 WGPTashkent2013 FirstMoveThe first game of Women's Grand Prix in Tashkent became quite 
tough for the players. Three hours after the first move was made by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the game of Nafisa Muminova and Zhao Xue, most of the battles just reached the middle-games. 
Four participants managed to score their first points in the tournament: top-seeded Humpy Koneru won the longest battle against Ju Wenjun, Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhao Xue outplayed the newcomers of the Grand Prix Series Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly, and Harika Dronavalli succeeded against Bela Khotenashvili.
The games Elina Danielian against Alexandra Kosteniuk and Kateryna Lagno versus Olga Girya ended up in draws.
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