Asian Games: Humpy wins gold

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy on Monday became the toast of the nation winning the first gold medal for India at the Asian Games in women's rapid chess event.

Asian Games: Humpy wins gold

Doha:

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy on Monday became the toast of the nation winning the first gold medal for India at the Asian Games in women's rapid chess event. Humpy, ranked second in the world among women chess players, accumulated eight points in the nine-round event played in the swiss league format at the Al Dana Indoor Hall. The 19-year-old Indian beat Dana Aketayeva of Kazakhstan in the ninth and final round to bring the laurels for the country in the sport making its debut at the multi-disciplinary event. China's Zhao Xue was just half a point adrift of the Indian to be placed second. India's medal tally stood at one gold, three silvers and two bronze medals with Humpy's triumph in the 15-day extravaganza, touted as the world's second largest sporting event. Humpy, who was disappointed by Xue in the sixth round on Sunday, came back with vengeance to win all the three matches scheduled on the final day of the event. The Vijaywada stalwart first got the better of Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia in the seventh round and subsequently beat Mahri Geldyyeva of Turkmenistan in the eighth maintaining her half point lead to end the Chinese dominance in the event. Humpy had recently defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia at Cap d'Adge Chess Festival in France in rapid format. She will now play in the team championships to be held in the classical format from Wednesday. (PTI)

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