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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Indian Chess Supergirl Humpy wins Tashkent Grand Prix Easily, Harika 5th

Indian chess' supergirl Koneru Humpy has just won the Tashkent leg of the Women's Chess Grand Prix series. She picked up her second tournament victory, in as many events of the Grand Prix, with eight points out of 11. Bela Khotenashvili and Kateryna Lagno shared 2-3.
The winner's mother Koneru Latha and 
Harika Dronavalli with her grandmother Koganti Sudeshna behind.

India's Harika Dronavalli had a great run with strong chess leading the tournament right behind Humpy all along, but she self-destructed towards the end finishing the event at fifth place. 

Humpy started the tournament with three straight wins against Ju Wenjun, Elina Danielian and Alexandra Kosteniuk. She then drew her next games with Kateryna Lagno, Antoaneta Stefanova and Harika Dronavalli before beating Nafisa Muminova. She drew Xue Zhao before a shock loss to Bela Khotenashvili. However, Humpy was way ahead of the field already and convincingly beat Nakhbayeva Guliskhan in the next round. Koneru finished the tournament with a draw with Olga Girya.

Humpy is a strong contender to win the Series and, once again, take a crack at the Women's World Chess Championship. Her main rival Hou Yifan has played only one stage and gathered only 45 points to Humpy's 320 points. If Hou has to play the next World Championship, she will either have to win this Grand Prix series or the knockout Women's World Chess Championship next year. 

The official closing ceremony of tournament took place in the Gallery of Fine Art of Tashkent on 30th of September. One of the stages of Men's Grand Prix Series 2014-15 will be held in Tashkent again. 
(Photos: WFM Maria Emelianova)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Anna Ushenina is New Women's World Chess Champion

After a 2-2 deadlock in the normal games, the stage was set for an exciting finale in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia and Ushenina came up triumph winning the second game under rapid time control after the first game had ended in a draw. The Ukrainian won 60000 USD for her efforts in the championship and gets to play the next World Championship against Yifan Hou of China next year as part of the new cycle in the women’s World Championship.

The 64-players championship ended in a tie-break much like the men’s World Championship earlier this year where Vishwanathan Anand won defeating Boris Gelfand of Israel in the rapid tie-break. 
The Indian challenge in the championship had lasted till the semi-finals where D Harika went down to Stefanova after an intense struggle.

Speaking about the match, Ushenina did not mince words while calling it a gruelling schedule. “The match was very interesting, but we were clearly tired and made many mistakes. In the third and fourth games we exchanged blows -- first I took the lead, then Antoaneta equalised the score. In the first tie-break game white stood better, but I held a draw. In the second game black was slightly worse, but Antoaneta was very short on time, defended inaccurately and gave me a chance to win,” said the new women’s world champion.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Khanty-Mansiysk Women's World Chess Championship 2012: Humpy vs Zhukova, Harika vs Danielian in Round 2 Today

RUSSIA: India's GM Koneru Humpy will take on Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the second round of the Women's World chess championship now in progress.

After winning the first round with an easy 2-0 whitewash against lower ranked Denise Frick of South Africa, Zhukova will be a much tougher challenge for Humpy with better practice as she beat World junior girls' champion Guo Qi of China in the first round.

GM D Harika will also face a tough opponent in Elena Danielian of Armenia after beating compatriot Soumya Swaminathan in the first round. Danielian showed excellent nerves in her come-from-behind victory against Sopiko Khukhashvili of Georgia.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Khanty-Mansiysk Women's World Chess Championship 2012: Humpy, Harika Sail into Round 2

KHANTY MANSIYSK (RUSSIA): Koneru Humpy effortlessly defeated Denise Frick of South Africa while D Harika outplayed compatriot Soumya Swaminathan to move to the second round of the World Women's Chess Championship 2012 on Monday. Humpy scored an easy win, though Harika had to struggle a bit against Soumya. The other higher-ranked players also cruised to the second round and topping the list was reigning world champion Yifan Hou of China who scored easily over Sachini Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka, former Women's World Chess Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova. 

Amongst the fancied, Ju Wenjun of China was the only exception as she suffered a reversal against Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran and the two will now battle it out in the tie-break games of shorter duration.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Humpy Wins Bronze at Batumi Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2012; Harika Creditable Sixth

Congrats to Humpy
for winning bronze
Bulgaria's former women's world chess champion has won the Batumi Women's World Rapid Championship with another former women's world chess champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, winning the silver. India's Koneru Humpy, the challenger to the women's world chess champion title, finished a creditable third. India's other player, Harika Dronavalli, finished with a great show at sixth place.

The Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012 was held from May 30 to June 6 at the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi, Georgia. It was an 11 rounds Swiss tournament with time control 25 mins + 10 sec per move. Every woman chess player with an elo of 2500+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists as well as all former World Chess Champions and Olympic Chess Champions had the right to participate in the Championship.

Final Standings

GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL25188.561.5

GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS24578.061.5

GMKoneru HumpyIND25898.060.5

GMLahno KaterynaUKR25468.057.5

GMMuzychuk AnnaSLO25987.559.5

GMHarika DronavalliIND25087.553.0

GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25477.053.0

GMCramling PiaSWE24786.557.5

GMZhao XueCHN25496.556.0

WGMGuo QiCHN23606.556.0

IMPaehtz ElisabethGER24916.554.5

WGMTan ZhongyiCHN24306.554.0

IMJavakhishvili LelaGEO24496.552.0

GMZhukova NataliaUKR24426.552.0

GMZhu ChenQAT24916.552.0

GMKosintseva TatianaRUS25326.548.0

WGMHuang QianCHN24176.062.5

IMKhurtsidze NinoGEO24566.058.5


Wang JueCHN23646.055.5

IMGunina ValentinaRUS25306.054.5

IMMkrtchian LilitARM24496.051.0

IMUshenina AnnaUKR24545.552.0

GMArakhamia-Grant KetevanSCO24265.551.0

WGMBatsiashvili NinoGEO24365.550.0

IMMelia SalomeGEO24105.546.0

WGMPogonina NatalijaRUS24475.546.0

GMDanielian ElinaARM24845.545.0

IMKhukhashvili SopikoGEO24145.543.0

IMGvetadze SofioGEO23385.053.0

IMMuzychuk MariyaUKR24565.051.0

GMChiburdanidze MaiaGEO25005.049.5

WGMCori T DeysiPER23865.047.5

WGMDing YixinCHN23535.045.0

IMPurtseladze MakaGEO23485.044.0

IMKrush IrinaUSA24575.043.0

IMLomineishvili MaiaGEO23665.041.5

IMKovalevskaya EkaterinaRUS24174.548.5

GMSocko MonikaPOL24844.548.0

WGMMammadova GulnarAZE23454.547.5

IMMatnadze AnaESP24464.544.0

WIMMikadze MirandaGEO23234.541.5

WIMArabidze MeriGEO23514.541.0

WGMCharkhalashvili IngaGEO23344.541.0

WIMJanjghava NatiaGEO23064.042.0

IMKlinova MashaISR23183.546.0

IMKhotenashvili BelaGEO25003.544.5

IMGurieli NinoGEO23293.540.5

WIMUmudova NargizAZE22313.039.5

WIMBezgodova SvetlanaRUS21202.544.5

GMGaprindashvili NonaGEO23562.039.0



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