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Koneru Humpy looks to improve her ratings

Upbeat after her double gold medal feat at the Doha Asiad, Humpy has set her eyes on playing more international tournaments next season.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2007 16:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Upbeat after her double gold medal feat at the recent Doha Asian Games, Koneru Humpy has set her eyes on improving her ELO ratings by playing more international tournaments next season.

"It is very important to get international exposure and to improve my ratings," Humpy said.

"Since joining ONGC, I have played a lot of tournaments in places like Switzerland, France and recently at Doha," she said at a function last night organised by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to felicitate their Doha Asiad medal winners.

Nineteen-year-old Humpy lived upto her top billing in the woman's individual rapid chess event in Doha by winning the gold. She claimed another gold medal in the team event along with Krishnan Sasikiran and P Harikrishna.

Humpy, who entered the Asiad tournament with ELO rating points 2545, gained a whopping 22 points in Doha, where the sport made its debut as a medal sport.

Humpy, the world's top Grandmaster among woman, did not give much importance to her loss against China's Zhao Xue, her main competitor in Doha, in the individual event.

"I have played her earlier in several age groups. In the rapid game, it was a bad result. I lost. But I won the classical format in a convincing manner," Humpy said.

Humpy, who had lost in the second round of the Women's World Championship in Russia in March last year, said she was struggling earlier in the season because of lack of enough financial support.

"I was struggling with the financial aspects as I did not have sponsors. I was very nervous because I was not getting the support which was needed.

"The defeat in the second round against Marie Sebag of France at the Women's World Championship, was a big disappointment," she said.

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