Koneru Humpy won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix chess tournament at Dilijan, Armenia, on Friday. She finished her campaign with a flourish too, beating Mongolia’s Tuvshintugs Batchimeg in the final round.
The top seed from Vijayawada scored eight points from 11 rounds, one full point ahead of Slovenia’s Anna Muzychuk, the second seed, and Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Humpy was the only unbeaten player in the field that contained 12 of the top female players in the world.
The other Indian, D. Harika, finished with five points and tied for the sixth place, after drawing with former World champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria.
The FIDE Grand Prix is a six-part series that will determine the challenger of the 2015 Women’s World championship.
The results (11th round): Tatiana Kosintseva (Rus) 6 bt Viktorija Cymlite (Ltu) 4.5; Bela Khotenashvili (Geo) 4 drew with Anna Ushenina (Ukr) 5.5; Anna Muzychuk (Slo) 7 drew with Elina Danielian (Arm) 4.5; Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul) 5 drew with D. Harika (Ind) 5; Koneru Humpy (Ind) 8 bt Tuvshintugs Batchimeg (Mgl) 5; Nana Dzagnidze (Geo) 7 bt Olga Girya (Rus) 4.5.
10th round: Cmylite lost to Dzagnidze; Olga drew with Humpy; Batchimeg drew with Stefanova; Harika drew with Muzychuk; Danielian bt Khotenashvili; Ushenina bt Kosintseva.
The standings: 1. Humpy 8; 2-3. Muzychuk & Dzagnidze 7; 4. Kosintseva 6; 5. Ushenina 5.5; 6-8. Stefanova, Batchimeg & Harika 5; 9-11.Girya, Cmylite & Danielian 4.5; 12. Khotenashvili 4.