Humpy gears up for Blitz chess
September 11th, 2010
DC Correspondent

Hyderabad, Sept. 10: World No.2 and India’s top rated Woman Grandmaster Koneru Humpy is ready with the gambit as she makes her maiden attempt at the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship to be held in Moscow on September 17 and 18.

Humpy, who qualified by virtue of her rating, is India’s lone hope at the prestigious event.

“This is the first time I will be playing this tournament and I am excited at the prospect,” Humpy told this paper from Vijayawada.

“The format of the tournament is different. It will be played in a double round-robin format where I get to experiment with both black and white. Each game last for about 7-8 minutes and we have to play 15 games a day,” Humpy explained.

“There will be a total of 16 participants — the top six rated players apart from the top four players of the World Championships and six qualifiers,” added Humpy, who has an ELO rating of 2593.

“This format is a true test of how one manages time and presence of mind,” said Humpy.

“I am looking forward to playing the tournament, and more importantly winning the title,” the Woman Grandmaster added.

Humpy’s last title at an official Fide tournament was at the Women’s Grand Prix at Istanbul in March 2009.


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