World Rapid Champion Koneru Hampi defeated Valentina Gunina of Russia in 35 moves
16-year-old American Karissa Yip defeated World Champion Wenjun Xu in 61 moves
Dainik BhaskarFeb 16, 2020, 03:11 PM IST Sports Desk. World Rapid Champion Coneru Hampi won the 8th round of the second Cairns Cup. He defeated Valentina Gunina of Russia in 35 moves. After this win, Hampi topped their group with 5.5 points. At the same time, Harika Dronavalli has played for the third consecutive match draw. If Hampi remains on top, he may face Harika in the final round.
Harika is in joint fourth place in the points table with Katarnaya Lagno with 4 points. The biggest upset happened in the tournament on Saturday. 16-year-old American Karissa Yip defeated World Champion Wenjun Xu. The contest between the two lasted 61 moves.
Hampi third in the world rankings was recently ranked by two Indian players in the top-10 of the women's category in the rankings released by FIDE, a global chess organization. Hampi is third with 2580 points and Harika is at number 9 with 2518 ratings. There are two Indians in the top-20 in the girls category. R Vaishali is at 10th and Divya Deshmukh at number 20. Vaishali has 2383 marks and Divya has 2322 marks.