Hyderabad: Grand Master Koneru Humpy was back to her winning ways with a triumphant outing in World Rapid Chess Championship at Moscow on Saturday.
In achieving one of her biggest career highs, the Vijayawada girl outwitted China’s Lei tingjie to clinch the title and thereby became the first Indian woman to achieve this feat.
After 12 consecutive rounds, Humpy, tingjie and Ekaterina Atalik were table toppers with nine points each. However, with a slightly lower tie-break score, Ekaterina had to settle for the bronze.
After a close battle in the title decider, Humpy took 66 moves to end the game in a draw and secured gold. She thus became the World Rapid Chess Champion.
Meanwhile, fellow-Indian Dronavalli Harika from H\Guntur finished 13th position with eight points.
Incidentally, Humpy had won a bronze in this event way back in 2012.