Kateryna Lagno of Russia won the third Grand Prix leg of the FIDE Chess.com women’s Speed Chess in dramatic fashion on Sunday. In the final, she scored a 6.5-5.5 win over China’s Hou Yifan, who lost the final game after being in a superior position. The World No. 1 was unlucky to see her mouse slip, leading to a blunder that her opponent cashed in on.
This was after the Chinese had staged a gallant comeback from 2-5 down. Yifan won three games in a row to level the match.
Lagno’s compatriot Alexandra Kosteniuk took the third spot, beating Iran’s Sarasadat Khademalsharieh 7-4.
The final leg, which begins on July 15, will feature Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika before the Super Final between the top two players on July 20.