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Koneru Humpy to skip World Cup - TechiLive.in

Koneru Humpy to skip World Cup

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Koneru Humpy will not play at the chess World Cup, which gets underway at Sochi, Russia, from July 10.

“I have decided not to play because I have already qualified for the World championship’s Candidates tournament and because I am not sure if participating in an event that will have more than 300 players is safe in the time of a pandemic,” the World No. 3 told The Hindu on Friday.

“I could have taken the risk if I hadn’t qualified for the Candidates, but since I have, by finishing second at the Grand Prix series, I thought there was no need for me to travel to Russia in these uncertain times.”

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She said she was hopeful of returning to tournaments after a few months.

“I haven’t played an event since February last year and I am itching to get back on the circuit,” she said.

“I am planning to play at the Grand Swiss tournament later this year.”

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Though neither Humpy, the reigning women’s World rapid champion, nor five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand is playing at the World Cup, India is still fielding a strong contingent in the form of P. Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, B. Adhiban, Aravind Chithambaram, P. Iniyan, Dronavalli Harika, Padmini Rout, Bhakti Kulkarni and R. Vaishali.

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