Young Indian Grandmaster R. Vaishali Fides Chase. Com upset in the first leg of the Women’s Speed Chess Championship by defeating former world champion Antonetta Stefanova, but top player Coneru Hampi suffered a defeat. Vaishali, who lives in Chennai, will face Mongolia’s International Master Munkhajul Turmunkh in the quarter-finals.
Vaishali won 6-5 against his rival from Bulgaria. Earlier, she had defeated strong players like Valentina Gunina and Elena Klyshinskaya in the qualifying stage, but the current world rapid champion Hampi suffered a 4.5–5.5 defeat to her rival Li Thao Nguyen Pham of Vietnam in the first leg. Both players were on the same score of 3.5 after the first two rounds, but the Vietnamese player won the first two games in the last round.
Meanwhile, Vaishali expressed happiness over the victory over Stefanova. He told PTI, ‘It was a great experience to face the former world champion and win it. I was leading 5.5-2.5 after the first hour, but I lost some time due to a poor internet connection, which caused me to lose. He won the Asian Blitz Championship in 2017. The Grand Prix will be held in four stages, in which a total of 21 players will participate. Each of these players has to participate in four to three stages. Each Grand Prix will be a knockout tournament of 16 players in which the first leg will be played from 24 to 28 June. The prize money for each Grand Prix is $ 10,300, of which the winner will receive $ 3,000.