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.

Anurag Mallick

A sports enthusiast, Anurag Mallick is currently working with Newsmeter as a reporter. He is a mass communication graduate from Loyola Academy. He is also a budding presenter and loves talking in front of the camera. His future aim is to discuss cricket professionally. He has earlier interned with a YouTube Channel, "Hind ki Pukaar" where he spoke on various topics infront of the camera. He has also interned with "WrytIn", a content writing platform, where he wrote articles on sports & entertainment. "Lights, Camera, Cricket" is what sums him up. He also loves playing cricket and other sports like Badminton & Volleyball.

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