Ju Wenjun secured a place in the women's final in Russia ©Twitter/ugrachess

Defending champion Ju Wenjun progressed to the final of the Women's World Chess Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The China player opened up a 1-0 lead over Russia's fifth-ranked Alexandra Kosteniuk at the Concert and Theatre Complex of the Ugra-Classic yesterday.

A draw in their second match proved enough to take the top seed into the final.

The second semi-final saw Ukraine’s former world champion Mariya Muychuk and Russia’s Kateryna Lagno end in a second consecutive draw.

The pair will have to play a tie-break to decide who faces the favourite in the final.

At the World Chess Championship match in London, defending champion Magnus Carlsen survived a scare.

The Norwegian appeared to be heading for defeat in the sixth match of the contest, with American challenger Fabiano Caruana seemingly in control.

Superb defence from the Carlsen led to the pair shaking hands on a sixth successive draw in the contest.

It leaves the duo locked at 3-3 at the halfway mark of the World Chess Federation-organised event at The College in Holborn.