Cairns Cup Chess: India's Koneru Humpy claims second title in two months, will move to No 2 in world rankings

Humpy received USD 45,000 for winning the title in what is considered one of the strongest tournaments ever

Press Trust of India February 17, 2020 13:34:01 IST
Cairns Cup Chess: India's Koneru Humpy claims second title in two months, will move to No 2 in world rankings
  • Humpy, who was crowned world champion in the last week of December 2019, finished the tournament with 6 points

  • The 32-year-old Humpy needed only a draw in the last round to at least tie for the first place and be in contention for the top prize

  • She secured the draw late on Sunday without much difficulty by playing a solid line of Four knights opening against Harika

St Louis: World rapid champion Koneru Humpy claimed her second title in the last two months by emerging triumphant at the Cairns Cup chess tournament following a draw against compatriot Dronavalli Harika in the ninth and final round here.

Cairns Cup Chess Indias Koneru Humpy claims second title in two months will move to No 2 in world rankings

Koneru Humpy. Image credits @ani_digital

Humpy, who was crowned world champion in the last week of December 2019, finished the tournament with 6 points. The icing on the cake is that Humpy would be gaining five ELO rating points (the basis for international rankings) and moving to No 2 in the world list.

"I am very happy to have won such a strong tournament. It also reminds me that winning the world rapid title was no flash in the pan," Humpy told PTI.

The 32-year-old Humpy needed only a draw in the last round to at least tie for the first place and be in contention for the top prize.

She secured the draw late on Sunday without much difficulty by playing a solid line of Four knights opening against Harika.

Humpy received USD 45,000 for winning the title in what is considered one of the strongest tournaments ever.

World champion Wenjun Ju finished second with 5.5 points after winning her final round game against Russia's Alexandra Kosteniuk (5 points). Kosteniuk ended fourth in the tournament.

Harika finished tied fifth with 4.5 points. Humpy said the toughest match in the event was against former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in the seventh round.

"The match against Alexandra Kosteniuk, which was a long battle in the seventh round was the toughest. It helped me keep my unbeaten record against her in five games," she said.

She is now aiming to do well in the Grand Prix in Italy in May which is her next big event.

"The next big event is the Grand Prix in Italy this May and then I will be playing in the PSPB tournaments in India," she added.

Humpy, who is leading the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series right now, aims to qualify for the Candidates scheduled later this year.

Humpy started with a win over 16-year old American Carissa Yip but suffered a defeat in the second round to Mariya Muzychuk before bouncing back strongly.

She played a solid game to hold world champion Wenjun Ju and got the better of players like Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Kosteniuk.

A victory over Valentina Gunina in the penultimate round helped her pull ahead of the field.

Results:

Ninth round: Koneru Humpy drew with Dronavalli Harika; Valentina Gunina drew with Katernya Lagno; Alexandra Kosteniuk lost to Wenjun Ju; Irina Krush beat Nana Dzagnidze; Carissa Yip drew with Mariya Muzychuk.

Final standings:

1. Koneru Humpy 6 points, 2 Wenjun Ju 5.5, 3. Mariya Muzychuk 5, 4. Alexandra Kosteniuk 5, 5. D Harika, 4.5, Katernya Lagno 4.5, 7. Irina Krush 4, Carissa Yip 4, 9. Nana Dzagnidze 4, 10. Valentina Gunina 2.5.

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