Hyderabad: India's chess champion Koneru Humpy after winning the gold medal at the Doha Asian games, has been approached for a modeling assignment. But selling products, the Vijaywada girl promises will not be at the cost of her performance in chess. "I want to do more ads. I see cricketers and tennis players do it. The game becomes very popular. I want even chess to be popular in the country. After all chess was born in India," said 19-year old Humpy. She is currently 33 ELO points away from being called aSuper Grandmaster Champion' in the world of chess. "This year I want to cross 2600 points in my rating. If that happens I will get a good chance to be in the top 100 of men ranking list. Every single point is precious and I need 33, so I have to work very hard," she said. Humpy says not having a sponsor till July last year, affected her ratings as she missed playing many international tournaments. Year 2007 will be different hopes India's queen of chess. Her first assault will be at the Dubai Open in April.
Topics : Chess