Apart from Hou Yifan, who exploited Kosteniuk's lack of a plan, the other four decisive results were with White.
Galliamova sacrificed several pawns for dangerous play and Stefanova never really solved her development problems.
Danielian had a nominal edge, due to a slightly better structure, but this was probably insufficient except that Kovalevskaya became too short of time and blundered.
Humpy Koneru didn't have a great deal, but kept plugging away and her young Chinese opponent went astray.
Muzychuk's kingside play proved to be more relevant than Lahno's chances on the queenside, and Black's king got into hot water rather quickly.
The round 3 summary:
|Humpy Koneru||2614||1-0||Ruan Lufei||2479||49||English Opening|
|Alisa Galliamova||2492||1-0||Antoaneta Stefanova||2524||29||Semi-Slav 5.g3|
|Alexandra Kosteniuk||2497||0-1||Hou Yifan||2575||35||QGD Ragozin|
|Anna Muzychuk||2538||1-0||Kateryna Lahno||2536||28||Scotch Opening|
|Nadezhda Kosintseva||2560||½-½||Tatiana Kosintseva||2557||13||Spanish Exchange|
|Elina Danielian||2521||1-0||Ekaterina Kovalevskaya||2427||39||Tarrasch with e3|