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India win first gold in Doha

Grandmaster Koneru Humpy gives India its first gold medal at the Doha Asian Games.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 22:03 IST

Koneru Humpy provided India with the golden touch on an otherwise bleak day by clinching the women's rapid chess title at the Asian Games to open the country's yellow metal hunt.

Humpy, who was disappointed by Xue in the sixth round on Sunday, cameback with vengenace to win all the three matches scheduled on the final day of the event.

The Vijaywada stalwart, first got the better of Irine Kharisma Sukandar of Indonesia in the seventh round and subsequently beat Mahri Geldyyeva of Turkmenistan in the eighth maintaining her half point lead to end the Chinese dominance in the event.

Humpy had recently defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov of Russia at Cap d'Adge Chess Festival in France in rapid format.

She will now play in the team championships to be held in the classical format from Wednesday.

Humpy, leading the bunch by half a point going into the final three rounds of the tournament on Monday, finished with a highly creditable eight points out of a maximum nine to add to the country's medal tally of three silver and two bronze medals won over the last two days at the shooting range.

The 19-year-old girl from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, coached by her father Ashok since the tender age of five, stormed her way to the finish line by winning all her three matches on Monday.

Top seed Humpy, who lost only to silver medallist Zhao Xue of China, outsmarted her rivals Irine Kharisma Sukandar (Indonesia), Mahri Geldyyeva (Turkeministan) and Dana Aketayeva of Kazakhstan to give the Indian contingent its biggest success of the Games so far.

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 21:01 IST