GM Koneru Humpy will take on Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the second round of the women’s world chess championship here.
After winning the first round with an easy 2-0 whitewash against the lower-ranked Denise Frick of South Africa, Zhukova will be a much tougher challenge for Humpy. The Ukrainian beat world junior girls’ champion Guo Qi of China in the first round.
While Zhukova will try to showcase her preparation, Humpy is more likely to fall back on her skills which has made her a force to reckon with in women’s chess.
GM D. Harika will also face a tough opponent in Elena Danielian of Armenia after beating compatriot Soumya Swaminathan in the first round. Danielian kept her nerve while rallying to beat Sopiko Khukhashvili of Georgia.
After their game was tied 1-1 in the normal period, Danielian suffered a defeat in the first game of rapid chess but quickly levelled scores. The next set of tie-breaker had 10 minutes for both players and the Armenian won both of them to advance.