Women’s Speed Chess: Indian problem ends as Koneru Humpy, D Harika lose

Chennai, July 9

World No. 2 Koneru Humpy and D Harika misplaced their respective matches within the quarterfinals, bringing an finish to the Indian problem within the third leg of the FIDE Women’s Speed Chess Championships Grand Prix.

Humpy was no match for Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia, happening 2-9 whereas Harika was ousted by world No. 1 Hou Yifan of China 3-7 in her last-eight conflict.

Humpy, who had overwhelmed compatriot R Vaishali within the opening spherical on Wednesday, fell behind early in opposition to Kosteniuk, a former world champion and was overwhelmed comprehensively.

Harika was on stage phrases with Yifan firstly earlier than letting her opponent acquire the higher hand.

Humpy and Harika will characteristic within the fourth and closing leg of the championship starting on July 15, whereas compatriot Vaishali has completed her engagements with seven factors, having reached the semifinal within the first leg, the quarters within the second and a gap spherical defeat within the third.

The Grand Prix consists of 4 legs, with a complete of 21 individuals. Each participant participates in three out of 4 Grand Prix legs. Each GP is a 16-player knockout occasion.

In every leg, each participant scores cumulative grand prix factors in line with the place within the closing standings.

The two gamers who rating the best variety of cumulative factors in all three legs qualify for the Super Final to be held on July 20. PTIĀ 

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