Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Humpy, Harika advance

Two Indians have made it to the second round of the World Women's Chess Championship in Hatay, Turkey late Monday night.

Country's top-ranked player, Koneru Humpy had a rather easy passage into the next round at the expense of South African Melissa Greeff.

World junior champion Dronvalli Harika had to struggle but also went through after coming back strongly in the return game to beat fellow Indian Kruttika Nadig.

The championship format is made up of two games with a tie-break in case of a deadlock.

Humpy, though the top-ranked players in the draw, is seeded second behind Russia's Alexandra Kosteniuk, the reigning champion, beat Greef with white pieces after she had won with black pieces in the earlier game.

Harika, the ninth seed here, beat Nadig in the second game to win the round 1.5-0.5.

In the second round, Humpy will play Jovenka Houska of England while Harika will take on Tatiana Shadrina, the Women Grand Master from Russia.

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