ALMATY (Kazakhstan): Indian ace Koneru Humpy put in a superb performance after a modest run in the initial phase to win the silver medal in the women’s section of the FIDE Blitz World Chess Championship Friday.
She finished strong, beating Tan Zhongyiwho won the rapid world title a few days ago, in the 17th and final round.
After posting just four wins in the first nine rounds on Thursday and being placed in the mid-40s, Humpy, 35, was in fine form on day two of the competition, recording an impressive seven wins and drawing with his compatriot Dronavalli Harika in the 14th round.
She finished with 12.5 points, just half a point behind the winner Bibisara Balabayeva from Kazakhstan.
One of the highlights of Humpy’s performance that day was defeating China’s Zhongyi Tan in the 17th and final round, which reduced her opponent’s chances of adding to the tournament gold medal. fast global.
Humpy had finished sixth in the Rapid Championship which preceded the Blitz competition. She is a former World Rapid title winner.
“It was a perfect day for me with 7.5 points over 8 games, winning the first ever silver medal at the Women’s World Blitz. chess championship!” Humpy wrote on Twitter.

Harika, who finished with 10.5 points, had to settle for 13th place while Padmini Rout was 17th. Tania Sachdev was 21st and B Savitha Shri, winner of a bronze medal in the Rapide championship, was 33rd with 9.5 points in a strong field.
In the Open event, won by world No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway with 16 points, no Indian player could crack the top 10.
The experienced P Harikrishna was the top Indian in the Open section, taking a 17th place with 13 points with Nihal Sarin one place behind with an equal number of points.
Speedy Arjun Erigaisi, the highest ranked Indian here, found himself 42nd after an uneven performance which saw him lose games 16, 17 and 18. Fellow countryman Vidit Santosh Gujrathi’s form was also up and down and he finished a modest 90th.
Carlsen added the Blitz title to the rapid world title he won on Wednesday.
Despite losses at the hands of Russian players Ian Nepomniatchi in the 15th round and Alexey Sarana, the Norwegian won his matches in the 20th and 21st rounds against Aleksandr Shimanov and Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov to finish a point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura (15 points).
Performance of Indian players in the World Blitz tournament:
Women: Koneru Humpy 12.5 (2nd place), Harika (10.5, 13th), Padmini Rout (10.5, 17th), Tania Sachdev (10, 21st), B Savitha Shri (9.5, 33rd).
Men: P Harikrishna (13 points, 17th), Nihal Sarin (13, 18th), Arjun Erigaisi (12, 42nd), B Adhiban (12, 49th), V Pranav (11.5, 58th), Aravind Chithambaram (11.5, 60th), Surya Shekhar Ganguly (11, 72nd), Raunak Sadhwani (10.5, 83rd), Vidit S Gujrathi (10.5, 90th), SL Narayanan (10.5, 92nd).

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