World Chess Blitz: Humpy takes 5th place, Vaishali finishes 14th
Top Indian player Koneru Humpy finished fifth in the women’s event of the FIDE World Blitz Championship while compatriot R Vaishali, who was in second place after nine rounds, slipped to 14th here.
Humpy scored 11.5 points in 17 laps to take fifth place after finishing tied on points with two others. A loss to Polina Shuvalova (Russia) in the final round hurt Humpy’s chances of a better result. Vaishali also lost to Olga Girya (Russia) on the last lap to get out of the top 10.
In the open section, Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi was the best Indian performer, taking 18th place with 13 points, while Nihal Sarin, who also scored 13 points, finished one place lower.
18-year-old general manager Arjun Erigaisi, who held world No.1 Magnus Carlsen, finished 24th with 12.5 points.
Teenager GM D Gukesh, who finished 9th in the quick event, finished with 12.5 points and was 32nd. All of the other Indians in the Open finished outside the top 50 with P Harikrishna, the nation’s highest ranked in the tournament, taking 84th place and Harsha Bharathakoti (11 points) securing 68th place.
In women, Vantika Agrawal (9.5 points) finished 30th, and Padmini Rout with 8.5 points took 55th place.
Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave edged Poland’s star Jan-Kryzstof Duda in the tie-break to become champion while 17-year-old Bibisara Assaubayeva dominated the women’s championship and won the title with one round to lose.
Carlsen, who was the reigning champion in the quick and blitz events, lost both titles.
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