Grandmaster Koneru Humpy’s comeback journey continued within the ladies’s FIDE Grand Prix in Monaco on Saturday evening, ending runner-up and retaining the World No. 3 (Elo 2580) place.
Humpy advised The Hindu on Sunday, a ninth-round loss to German Elisabeth Pahtz had affected the ultimate evaluation.
Russian Aleksandra Goryachkina went into the final spherical with a full-point benefit over Humpy and Alexandra Kosteniuk (eventual champion).
The Indian would have received the title if Kosteniuk had misplaced to Pahtz.
However, the previous World Champion received convincingly and emerged winner because of a greater tie-break.
Humpy is not going to play the third of the Grand Prix sequence in Lausanne (March 1 to 14, 2020) because the consequence there wouldn’t have an effect on her standing. She would, as a substitute, prefer to commit the time to enhancing her recreation, she stated.
She would subsequent play the ladies’s World speedy and blitz championship from December 25 although it “is not my cup of tea being a classical player”.
“Since I am being eliminated in tie-breakers in the knockout formats, I want to improve my game,” she stated.
The distinction between the World No. 2 and Humpy is simply 4 rating factors, and he or she is assured of regaining the slot she held for greater than a decade earlier than her break from the sport as a consequence of household commitments noticed her lose it.
“Yes, there are areas of concern in my opening game which I want to work on with my father-cum-coach (Koneru Ashok),” signed off Humpy, proud of the best way issues are going for her.