Two rounds before the end of Georgian 72th national chess Championship among women Bela Khotenashvili and Nino Batsiashvili have a good chance of taking the first place. They have 5,5-5,5 points and are 1,5 points ahead of nearest rivals.
In the seventh round, the parties of Khotenashvili and Batsiashvili had a great interest. Both of them did their best, gained victory and significantly surpassed their rivals. In the seventh round, Khotenashvili won over Sopo Gvetadze with white pieces and Batsiashvili beat Aleksandra Vakhania with black pieces. After two defeats in a row Salome Melia gained the same number of victories and improved her condition.
Technical results of seventh round:
Bela Khotenashvili – Sopo Gvetadze 1-0
Nino Khurtsidze – Meri Zhorzholiani 1-0
Salome Melia – Meri Arabidze 1-0
Lela Javakhishvili – Ana Kuchava 1-0
Aleksandra Vakhania – Nino Batsiashvili 0-1
Standings after seven rounds:
I_II place - Khotenashvili, Batsiashvili 5,5-,5,5 points
III-VI - Gvetadze, Arabidze, Khurtsidze, Melia 4-4
VII - Javakhishvili 3,5
VIII-X - Kuchava, Vakhania, Zhorzholiani 1,5-1,5