Indian Grandmaster D Harika has made it to the Quarter Finals of World Women’s Chess Championship after defeating Russia’s Alexandra Kosteniuk.
D Harika: Nerves of Steel in World Chess Championship
D Harika once again proved that she has nerves of steel in the World Women’s chess championship by beating former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in the rapid tie-breaker of Round of 16. Both players shared one game each in the regular play and the winner was determined through a rapid tie-breaker.
D Harika played with the white piece in the first game of the tie-breaker. She had good spells in the initial stages of the match and came out with an impressive win. The Indian chose a French opening in the second game in which she played with the black. Kosteniuk made some desperate moves to push the match into an Armageddon game but all that went in vain when Harika successfully steered the second game to a draw. The draw gave her a win with a margin of 1.5-0.5 and booked a guaranteed place in the quarter finals.
Quarter Final Scenario
Top seeded Koneru Humpy had earlier made it to the quarter finals and is still India’s biggest hope. Humpy will face Ukraine’s Mariya Muzychuk in the quarter finals. Harika meanwhile will lock horns with Meri Arabidze of Georgia who is the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.
Stay Tuned to Sports Rediscovered to track the progress of both Koneru Humpy and D Harika in the World Women’s Chess Championship.