Hou Yifan Dominating In Rostov
Women's World Champion Hou Yifan is dominating the first Grand Prix of the 2011/12 series, in Rostov, Russia.
After eight completed rounds, the 17 year-old champion from China has amassed an incredible undefeated score of 7/8, two points ahead of the top-quality field.
So far only the Kosintseva sisters, Nadezhda and Tatiana, have managed to hold Hou to a draw.
Tomorrow is the second and final rest day, so round nine is on Friday 12 August.
The standings after eight rounds:
The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series will win 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros, and the overall winner will win a further 15,000 euros.
The leading lady, Hou Yifan
The full regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.