With Russia’s Kateryna Lagno defending her title in the women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championships, it was curtains down for India’s grandmaster Koneru Humpy’s winning streak in Moscow.
A hat-trick of losses in the last three rounds ended Humpy’s hopes for a second title at the women’s Blitz competition where she was placed second with seven points from nine rounds after the opening day of the championship.
The 32-year-old Indian claimed the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship title after drawing the Armageddon game against Lei Tingjie of China on Saturday (December 28) but failed to continue in the same vein and ended the tournament with 10.5 points out of 17 games.
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen also defended his title on a day when Humpy started the second day of the blitz competition by winning the first two games. She then shared the lead with Lagno after round 13 with two draws.
After round 13, Humpy and Lagno had 10 points each but the Indian then drew against Russia’s Alisa Galliamova in the 14th round to drop to the second position, half-a-point behind Lagno, who had claimed another crucial win.
Humpy, who had taken a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018 after she became a mother, then lost the final three games to bow out of contention.
Another Indian Harika Dronavalli finished 25th in women’s blitz competition.
Lagno, who had scored 8 points out of 9 games to grab the top position after day one, continued her good run to finish with 13 points out of 17 games to retain the title.
Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk (with 12/17) finished second while the 3rd and 4th places went to Tan Zhongyi of China and Valentina Gunina of Russia, both finishing with 12 points each.
(With inputs from agencies)