World Blitz Chess: Harika joint-third after round nine

Dronavalli Harika sits in the third spot the women's category with 6.5 points. In the men’s event, Viswanathan Anand was 14th with 7.5 points while top-seed Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Sergey Karjakin of Russia are placed first.

Harika Dronavalli

Dronavalli Harika's third on the women's standings with 6.5 points.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

India’s Dronavalli Harika shared the third spot with Russia's Kateryna Lagno and Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine after the ninth round of the World women’s blitz chess championship in Doha on Thursday. She had 6.5 points, one behind leader Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia.

Koneru Humpy was in the joint-sixth position with six points. Eight rounds remain.

In the men’s event, top seed Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who had played each other at the World championship in the classical time control recently in New York, were in the lead, with 10 points after 12 rounds.

Former champion Viswanathan Anand was in the 14th position with 7.5 points. Nine rounds remain.

The standings:

Men: 1-2. Sergey Karjakin (Rus) and Magnus Carlsen (Nor), 10/12; 3-6. Daniil Dubov (Rus), Alexander Morozevich (Rus), Marin Bosiocic (Cro) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) 8.5; 7-12. A.R. Saleh Salim (UAE), Leinier Dominguez (Cub), Yu Yangyi (Chn), Baadur Jobava (Geo), Hikaru Nakamura (USA) and Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) 8.

Women: 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus) 7.5/9; 2. Ju Wenjun (Chn) 7; 3-5. Dronavalli Harika (Ind), Kateryna Lagno (Rus) and Anna Muzychuk (Ukr) 6.5; 6-7. Tan Zhongyi (Chn) and Koneru Humpy (Ind) 6; 8-9. Alina Kashlinskaya (Rus) and Meri Arabidze (Geo) 5.5.