Not much happened today in the final rounds of the Women's World Championship and the Aeroflot Open. The final classical game of the former event was drawn in 24 moves, so Anna Muzychuk and Zhongyi Tan will finish things off in a rapid (and if necessary, blitz) playoff tomorrow.
As for Aeroflot, Nikita Vitiugov gave up trying to leapfrog Vladimir Fedoseev pretty quickly, agreeing to a draw with White in just 20 moves. It's easy to criticize his decision, but his moves were reasonable and in the final position the following line looks forced: 20...Rxd4 21.Qxd4 Qxd4 22.Rxd4 Bxa3 23.Ra4 Bd3 24.Rb3 Bc2 25.Rbxa3 Bxa4 26.Rxa4 and then most likely 26...Rd8, when Black's active rook makes up for White's (about to be) passed a-pawn. Evgeny Najer also failed to win (with Black against Yu Yangyi), so Fedoseev took clear first with 7/9, half a point ahead of Vitiugov, Najer, and Vladislav Kovalev, who defeated Denis Khismatullin with the black pieces in a strange game.