After six rounds in the third tournament of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix series, BB sara Assubaeva of Kazakhstan and Xu Jiner of China are in a joint lead by scoring 4 points, though BB sara has come in first on the basis of a tiebreak. BB sara defeated Polina Shuvalova of Russia in the sixth round to register her fourth win in the tournament.
Reports say that BB sara had earlier defeated India's Harika Dronavalli, R Vaishali, and Georgia's Nina Batsishvili, while she had to face defeat against Russia's Alexandra Goryachkina. China's Xu Jiner played out a draw with Georgia's Nana Dagnidze, while India's Koneru Humpy got a point due to the withdrawal of Germany's Elisabeth Pehetz and is now joint third with Goryachkina and Polina on 3.5 points.
The tournament is to be played on a round-robin basis among 10 players. The importance of the FIDE Grand Prix is high because it is part of the FIDE World Chess Championship cycle.