Humpy crashes out of World Women Chess Championship

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Nalchik, Russia, Sep 13 (UNI) Top seed Koneru Humpy of India crashed out of the World Women Chess Championship after being upstaged by Chinese prodigy Hao Yifan in the blitz tiebreak games of the semifinals here today.

In spite of being outplayed, Humpy managed to stage comebacks twice and level the scores but she was unable to overcome the 14-year-old Yifan who won both the tiebreak games to enter the finals.

Yifan will now meet Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia for the title. Alexandra had beaten Pia Cramling of Sweden in the other semifinal.

Humpy's jinx at the semi-finals of the World Championships continues as this is the second time in three attempts that the Indian grandmaster has been ousted in the last four stage.

Playing with black pieces, Humpy lost the first game of the day. But she clawed back to level terms after winning the second game.

In the rapid games, Yifan won the first game with black pieces and bagged the second also to emerge victorious.


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