Humpy Becomes Youngest British Ladies Champion
By Arvind Aaron
Koneru Humpy achieved a new title
winning the final round of the British Championship against British junior
Broomfield and along with it the honour of being `British Ladies Champion'.
She gets a trophy and pounds 500 for her latest achievement. She missed
the WGM mark by a whisker and finished with 6.5/11, winning five games,
drawing three and losing three. She was accompanied by her father-trainer
Koneru Ashok and sponsored by Bank of Baroda.
Pic: By John Henderson for www.chess-mate.com
The British Championship was won by GM Julian Hodgson once again. He suffered a shocking draw against Indian U-18 Champion Panja Mahesh Chandran but clawed back to win the title at 8.5/11. Half a point behind him was Mark Hebden 8. Sixty-nine players took part. The two Chennai players performed poorly in the middle but finished respectably. Mahesh Chandran scored 6/11 and Aarthie Ramaswamy finished with 5.5/11 which is exactly fifty percent. Humpy was impressive that she drew fourth seed GM John Emms and beat former world U-18 champion Nicholas Pert. Continued exposure should help Humpy bring more laurels. Today she is the fastest rising Indian woman player.
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