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Chess : Koneru Humpy wins the first tournament of FIDE Women Grand Prix series 2019-20

Photo: All India Chess Federation

India’s Koneru Humpy held the reigning Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun to a quick draw in the final round to clinch the Fide World Grand Prix title with 8 points from 11 rounds. Humpy takes home 15,000 Euro first prize and 160 WGP points. The other India in the fray, Dronavali Harika finished seventh.

Photo: All India Chess Federation
Photo: All India Chess Federation

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-2020 consist of four (4) Women’ Grand Prix tournaments (hereinafter referred to as WGP tournaments) held over two years (2019-20). The Skolkovo FIDE Women’s Grand Prix is a 12-player round-robin taking place in Skolkovo, near Moscow from 11-22 September 2019. It forms the first of four stages of the 2019-20 WGO events, which will determine two places in the 2021 Candidates Tournament. Sixteen players compete in the series, each playing in three of the four events.

Photo: GM Dronavali Harika scored 5.0/11 and finished seventh (All India Chess Federation)

Humpy, the strongest female player of India, had won four games in a row before the final round and that run meant that she only needed a draw to clinch the title.

In the last round, she had the advantage of playing white against Ju, who is the reigning World Champion.

The Top-5 Standings

RankNameScoreRating
1Koneru, Humpy8/112560
2Ju, Wenjun7½/112576
3Goryachkina, Aleksandra6½/102564
4Lagno, Kateryna6½/112545
5Gunina, Valentina5½/102502

Source: All India Chess Federation

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