Koneru Humpy to skip women’s Chess World Cup | Chess News – Times of India
“I have decided not to play in the World Cup. I didn’t feel comfortable as they will be having the same venue for around 300 odd players (men and women together). So, with accompanying persons and organizers it’s going to be a huge number from all over the world,” Humpy told TOI on Friday.
Humpy, who had given the fourth and final leg of the women’s Grand Prix at Gibraltar a skip due to the covid-19 pandemic, feels a combination of factors led her to arrive at this decision. “The charisma of the World Cup is no more the same as earlier the winner used to be a candidate for a World Championship match. But now it’s just a qualification event for Candidates. This is quite a strong event and as I have already qualified have decided to stay back,” Humpy pointed out.
Besides Humpy, D Harika, Bhakti Kulkarni, R Vaishali and Padmini Rout are the other Indian players featuring at the women’s World Cup.
Among the men, Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Aravindh Chithambaram, P Iniyan and B Adhiban have made it to the World Cup.
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