Vaishali wins the Speed ​​Chess Championship Qualifier 2 | Chess News

CHENNAI: India’s R Vaishali won Qualifying 2 of the women’s online speed chess championship on Sunday, beating Russia’s Polina Shuvalova in the final.
The 20-year-old from Chennai, a female Grandmaster, became the second Indian to qualify for the main event of the 2021 Women’s Speed ​​Chess Championship.
“I am very happy with my performance because it came in a very solid field. I played very good matches,” Vaishali, sister of Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, told PTI.
The tournament was a Swiss nine-round tournament with the top eight finishers advancing to the knockout stage.
In the semifinals, Vaishali defeated Bibisara Assaubayeva 2-0, then edged out Shuvalova in the final.
She lost the first game on time despite dominating her opponent. However, she bounced back and checkmated the Russian in the second to tie the score.
The third and final game was a roller coaster. The Indian secured a promising position from the opening, but a rushed sacrifice by the Queen seemed to slow her down. However, a blunder by Shuvalova cost her dearly and brought Vaishali to victory.
Indian WGM D Harika won the first qualification to secure a place in the main event.
A total of eight qualifiers will be played and the winners will be joined by eight guest players GM Koneru Humpy (India), GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), GM Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), GM Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), GM Irina Krush (USA) , GM Kateryna Lagno (Russia) and GM Lei Tingjie (China) in the main event which will be played from June 10 to July 3.
Vaishali said she played with her brother, which helped her prepare for the event.
Vaishali, who has qualified for the FIDE World Cup to be held in Sochi, Russia from July 10, said she looks forward to taking part in the event (an extraordinary event) that will be attended by the best players.
Besides Vaishali, Koneru Humpy, Harika, Padmini Rout and Bhakti Kulkarni will participate in the World Cup.
“It’s (the World Cup) a big event, a super strong event with the best players going. I want to give my best and I’m preparing as best I can,” said Vaishali.
She trains by playing board games with her brother and also trains with trainer RB Ramesh.
“I’m playing with Praggu and looking to learn from him. I hope that will be of great help when I return to the over the board event.”
Vaishali is also aware that not having played a general event since February 2020, she needs to make the format changes.
“I played my last over the board event in February 2020 (at the Aeroflot Open). The transition from blitz and quick games to classic will be a bit difficult but I’m prepared for it. Training with Praggu will also help. “, she added. .

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