Koneru Humpy wins second GM norm

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Junior world champion Koneru Humpy becomes the first Indian woman to achieve two Grandmaster norms, needs one more norm to win the Men's GM title.

Koneru Humpy wins second GM norm

Hyderabad:

Junior world champion Koneru Humpy became the first Indian woman to achieve two Grandmaster norms and needs just one more norm to make history and win the Men's GM title.Humpy achieved the feat when she settled for a quick draw against GM Goran Kosanovic of Yugoslavia in the ninth round of the Third Saturday GM Chess Tournament in Belgrade. Humpy agreed for a draw after the two players castled short in the tenth move.The 14-year-old prodigy, notched up the required seven points in nine games of the 11-round tournament. The only other Indian woman in the race for men's GM title, S Vijayalakshmi has one norm.With just one more norm to acquire, Humpy is all set to join the elite club of Polgar sisters from Hungary, Judit and Zsuzsa, Xie Jun and Chen Zhu of China and Maya Chiburdanidze of Georgia (all Woman GMs who became GMs).After nine rounds, Humpy emerged as the sole leader with seven points followed by Mihajlo Stojanovic (Yugoslavia) (6.5), Martinez Lopez (Spain) (5.5), Pavle Orlaov (Yugoslavia) (5) and Goran Kosanovic (Yugoslavia) (5).In the First Saturday GM Chess Tournament in Budapest, Humpy won the title scoring 7.5 points in 11 rounds but missed the GM norm by one point. According to the revised calculations in this tournament, Humpy had to score seven points off nine games to win the GM norm. (PTI)



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