In the seventh round, the leader of the tournament Aleksandra Goryachkina held a draw against Mariya Muzychuk to take her score to 5,5/7. Thus, she maintained her 1,5 point lead over her nearest pursuers Kateryna Lagno and Nana Dzagnidze, who played the longest game of the day and eventually finished in a draw. Anna Muzychuk missed good winning chances against Alexandra Kosteniuk. Valentina Gunina, who has up and down tournament so far, defeated Tan Zhongyi, for whom it was the third consecutive loss in the Candidates. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the seventh round.
After seven rounds, half-way through the tournament, Goryachkina has 5,5 points. Dzagnidze and Lagno share second with 4/7. The Muzychuk sisters, Gunina, and Kosteniuk have 3 points, and Tan Zhongyi has 2,5 points.
A theoretical battle Kosteniuk-Muzychuk ended up with Alexandra`s exchange sacrifice, which led to a very complex position. According to Anna Muzychuk, she didn`t know 19.Ba4 and had problems finding the moves. The Ukrainian didn`t like her position after 23.d6 and kept on spending much more time than her opponent. However, suddenly, Alexandra lost the track of the game and was already in a trouble when she decided to sharpen the position by playing 28.Nd5.