Humpy bounces back to top slot

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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In a brilliant fightback, junior world champion Koneru Humpy brushed aside tournament leader IM Peter Horvath (Hungary) in the seventh round to leap to the top slot with five points in the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament at Budapest. Humpy now shares the first slot with IM Horvath and IM Jakob Attila (both Hungary) with five points each and four more rounds to go, according to Humpy's website updated by her sponsors today. Playing black, the 14-year-old Humpy employed Nimzo-Indian defence to tame her Hungarian opponent in 47 moves to infuse Indian dominance into the tournament. With this emphatic win, Humpy is still within the reach of collecting her second norm for men's GM title, if she can garner 3.5 points from the remaining four matches. In the eighth round, Humpy will face Al-Sayed Mahamod of Qatar and will take on Tibor Fogarasi of Hungary in the ninth round. The crucial round for Humpy would be the 10th where she takes on Attila, who shares the lead along with her and Horvath after the seventh round. In the last round to be played on October 17, Humpy will clash with GM Todorovic Goran of Yugoslavia. (PTI)

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