R Vaishali to replace Koenru Humpy in first leg of Women’s Chess Grand Prix

Young R Vaishali will replace Indian veteran GM Koneru Humpy in the first leg of the 2022-23 Women’s Grand Prix (WGP). The 21-year-old MI will now be seen playing the WGP in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan from September 17-30, 2022.

The first Indian woman to win the Grandmaster title, Humpy, has withdrawn from the tournament due to medical reasons, according to world chess body FIDE.

IM Vaishali R will replace GM Humpy Koneru in the first WGP tournament in Nur-Sultan. Koneru withdrew from the event for medical reasons,” FIDE tweeted on Friday.

The Women’s FIDE Chess Grand Prix is ​​a series of four tournaments, with 16 players in action. The 16 players are allowed to play in 3 tournaments each, with a place in the Women’s World Chess Championship match at stake.

Starting in 2009, a total of four editions of the FIDE Women’s Chess Grand Prix have been held so far, with Koneru Humpy finishing second best player in each of the four editions.

Comments are closed.