A conquest in Spain – Frontline

Little one prodigy Koneru Humpy wins her second consecutive title in world class chess championships.

WHEN 11-year-old Koneru Humpy landed in Spain for the World Below-12 chess championship, she had together with her a trunkful of chess books for reference. Humpy was evidently decided to utilise each minute of her time to attain her goal – profitable the world title. And he or she did simply that on November 6, a feat which she feels gave her much more satisfaction than final 12 months’s World Below-10 chess championship title.

Humpy is the second world champion from the Krishna-Guntur belt of Andhra Pradesh, after Pendyala Hari-krishna who received the Below-10 championship in 1996. That is presumably due to the coaching and publicity children get there due to tournaments organised frequently by the Andhra Chess Affiliation.

Humpy, who’s coached and guided by her father Okay. Ashok, has probably the most primary requisite for a high quality chess participant – she is unruffled in her strategy, in any state of affairs. Humpy has not felt the absence of a skilled psychologist. Ashok stated: “This title is creditable for the straightforward cause that many rivals knew about Humpy’s recreation and ways after she received the World Below-10 title final 12 months. When she received that title, not many have been conscious of Humpy’s background.”

Humpy and her father Okay. Ashok, with the trophies she received on the World Below-12 Championship in Spain.-ARVIND AARON

Trying again on the victory in Spain’s Oropesa Del Mar, an unassuming Humpy stated that she regarded the sport in opposition to France’s Marie Sebag as one of the best within the event. “In reply to my English opening, she tried kingside assault. Nevertheless, I opened up my queenside recordsdata and outwitted her by controlling the sport to earn a checkmate.” Referring to the sport she misplaced to T. Kosintseva, the Russian lady many individuals thought would win the title, Humpy defined that she tried a novelty – b6 – as a substitute of kd5. “I faltered later throughout that recreation and subsequently misplaced. However I used to be glad to experiment with that transfer spontaneously throughout that match,” she stated. On her temper and preparations in the course of the championship, Humpy stated that she was very snug with every little thing there. “My technique was easy – by no means hassle an excessive amount of about video games that have been over. Simply earlier than each recreation I ready for 2 hours and principally targeting the Russians,” she stated.

In an interview to All India Radio earlier than she left for Spain, Humpy exuded confidence: “Final 12 months I used to be 10 years previous and now I’m one 12 months older and much more mature and clever from that further information. So, I’ll win the world Below-12 title too.” These phrases didn’t come from an overenthusiastic lady however from one who has the flexibility to translate her ample expertise into efficiency on the chess board.

Nevertheless, the world champion feels that there are some gray areas in her recreation. “I generally play very badly within the center video games. I’m concentrating on this facet with my father, for I’ve to be constant so as to have the ability to obtain higher outcomes. We plan an in depth examine of the video games of world champions corresponding to Anatoly Karpov, Gary Kasparov and our personal Viswanathan Anand.” Requested how she would have fared if her father couldn’t have made the journey, Humpy was fast to answer: “I do not assume I’d have received.” Ashok stated that he would request Humpy’s sponsors (Financial institution of Baroda) to let him accompany her as coach-cum-manager.

Curiously, Humpy stated that she felt extra excited when Anand and his spouse known as as much as congratulate her than when she received the title. “That was one thing particular for me. It was so good of him to do this. And once I congratulated him on his victory in Tilburg, Anand enquired whether or not I noticed all his video games. I informed him that I’d examine them later.”

Ashok feels that the most recent victory ought to open up new vistas for Humpy in world chess. “Humpy’s want now’s extra publicity to tournaments. I would like her to participate in as many occasions as potential. Aggressive expertise within the home area is significant if she is to check her actual capability,” he stated. Humpy’s youthful sister Chand-rahasa and mom Lata are usually not chess gamers.

Financial institution of Baroda, which financed the journey of Humpy and her father to Spain, has assured them that it could deal with each facet of her chess profession. Nevertheless, Ashok is open to supply of economic help from some other supply, which might turn out to be useful for her future assignments.

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