Koneru Humpy to skip women’s Chess World Cup | Chess News – Times of India

CHENNAI: World no. 3 Koneru Humpy, who qualified for the women’s Candidates on Wednesday, has decided to not feature in the women’s World Cup scheduled to be held next month in Sochi, Russia.
“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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