Humpy wins silver at World Blitz Championship

Koneru Humpy (12.5 points) finished just half a point behind local player and gold medal winner Assaubayeva Bibisara.

Published : Dec 30, 2022 19:27 IST , NEW DELHI

FILE PHOTO: Indian chess player Koneru Humpy.
FILE PHOTO: Indian chess player Koneru Humpy. | Photo Credit: B Raj Velankanni/The Hindu

FILE PHOTO: Indian chess player Koneru Humpy. | Photo Credit: B Raj Velankanni/The Hindu

Former World rapid champion K. Humpy produced a superlative performance to claim India’s first-ever silver medal from the World blitz chess championship that concluded in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday.

In the 17-round women’s section, fourth seed Humpy started with two straight losses on Thursday but bounced back to aggregate 12.5 points, including 8.5 points from the last nine rounds. That half-point she dropped her way to a strong finish was to compatriot D. Harika.

In fact, it could have been a gold medal for Humpy had Harika beaten eventual champion local favourite Bibisara Assaubayeva (13 points). In the final round, Harika lost to Bibisara while Humpy defeated China’s Tan Zhongyi, who won the World rapid title on Wednesday.

Humpy’s runner-up performance was the only silver lining from this year’s blitz event. In the rapid category, 15-year-old B. Savitha Shri gave India a surprise bronze on Wednesday.

On a day when World No 1 Magnus Carlsen once again became the only one to hold all three world titles - in classical, rapid and blitz time-formats - after scoring 16 points from 21 rounds of blitz, Indians in the Open section did not have much to cheer about.

Results (Indians only)
Women (out of 99 players): 2. K. Humpy (12.5 points/17 rounds), 13. D. Harika (10.5), 17. Padmini Rout (10.5), 21. Tania Sachdev (10), B. Savitha Shri (9.5).
Open (out of 176 players): 17. P. Harikrishna (13 points/21 rounds), 18. Nihal Sarin (13), 42. Arjun Erigaisi (12), 49. B. Adhiban (12), 58. V. Pranav (11.5), 60. Aravindh Chithambaram (11.5), 72. Surya Shekhar Ganguly (11), 84. Raunak Sadhwani (10.5), 90. Vidit Gujrathi (10.5), 97. S. L. Narayanan (10.5), 113. N. Srinath (10), 126. Abhimanyu Puranik (9.5), 136. Sankalp Gupta (9), 148. Harsha Bharathakoti (8.5), 149. Arjun Kalyan (8.5).
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