Humpy defeats Kosteniuk, shares joint leadership with Wenjun Ju

ST LOUIS: India Koneru Humpy defeated former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia in 61 plays in the sixth round of the Cairns Cup chess tournament here to advance in joint leadership with Chinese ace Wenjun Ju.

Dronavalli Harika, the other Indian in the fray, shared points with world champion Wenjun Ju of China in 40 moves on Thursday.

With four points on her kitty, Humpy shares the leadership with Wenjun Ju. Harika, on the other hand, is in three points after six rounds and is in third place together with two other players.

Humpy, the current fast world champion and the number one in the country, played Nimzo-Indian against the experienced Kosteniuk and took advantage of an error in move 50 to record his second victory in the tournament.

Harika, playing with black pieces, opted for the king's Indian and drew quite easily against Wenjun Ju.

The young American Carissa Yip recorded her second consecutive victory after four defeats, beating Valentina Gunina in the only other decisive game of the day.

In the seventh round, Humpy will face American Irina Krush while Harika faces Yip.

Results after round 6: Koneru Humpy (IND, 4) beat Alexndra Kosteniuk (RUS, 3.5), Wenjun Ju (CHN, 4) drew with D Harika (IND, 3), Katernya Lagno (RUS, 3) drew with Nana Dzagnidze (GRG, 3.5), Mariya Muzychuk (UKR, 3) drew Irina Krush (USA, 2), Carissa Yip (USA, 3) beat Valentina Gunina (RUS, 2).