V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: World No. 2 Koneru Humpy says her title triumph in the World Grand Prix women’s chess championship in Istanbul on Thursday night is her biggest win in the women’s circuit.

“This is a very significant win for me, considering that it has come in an event which had three former World champions,” said Humpy in an exclusive chat with The Hindu from Istanbul.

Third round loss

“Obviously, after a good start, the third round loss did have a bearing on my performance. But, winning the last two games gave me immense satisfaction,” the ONGC deputy manager said.

“Definitely, the victory over former World champion and World No. 4 Antoaneta Stefanova in the 10th round was one of the best of my career and it came at the most appropriate time in the championship,” the top seed said. “I was under some tension before the final round, but the confidence of beating Stefanova helped me a lot,” Humpy said.

Koneru Ashok, father-cum-coach of Humpy, said that the Turkey event also happened to be one of the Women Grand Prix series 2009-2010 organised by FIDE and Global Chess BV.

“This Grand Prix comprises six legs in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year. The next tournament is planned to be held in Nanjing (China) at the end of September,” he said.

Her dream

Humpy said that the victory in Turkey should only make her more determined to realise her dream to be a World champion one day. “Right now, my plan is to take part in the Ruy Lopez championship in Spain in June besides the European circuit later on,” she said.

The Vijayawada-based chess champion reiterated that this victory proved that her father was good enough to help in her preparations and that there was no need for a ‘second’.

Humpy is expected to improve her current Elo 2621 by seven more points after her latest success.

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