Koneru Humpy becomes 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion; After losing the opening game, Humpy made an impressive comeback defeating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic final in Moscow.
Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship title in Moscow. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie. India’s best-ever women’s chess player, Humpy, was crowned the world women’s rapid champion at the same venue where Magnus Carlsen won the men’s title in the space of a few minutes. This is a significant triumph for Humpy, who is more at ease in the classical format and was clearly trying to take her skills in the rapid format to a new level.Humpy, had taken a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018 after she became a mother.