Humpy in World Chess Championship semis

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy marched her way into the semifinals of the Women's World Chess championship.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Grandmaster Koneru Humpy marched her way into the semifinals after beating woman Grandmaster Xu Yuhua of China in the second game of the quarterfinals of the Women's World Chess championship at City Chess complex today. Humpy, who needed just a draw, completed a 2-0 whitewash by displaying gritty chess in the endgame, when her opponent was only hoping to split points. With the win Humpy settled scores with Xu Yuhua, who had beaten the Indian 1.5-0.5 in the semifinal of the last World Cup at Hyderabad and also won the title there. Other three quarterfinals were dragged to the first stage of tiebreak games as none of the leaders could keep their lead. Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria was taken to task by some very powerful pieces-play by world Junior Girls Champion Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia and succumbed to her tamely. former World Women's champion Maia Chiburdanidze could not match the attacking skills of Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania and Ketino Kachiani-G of Germany succumbed to the exploits of Ekaterina Kovalevskaya of Russia. (PTI)