(Twitter Photo)CHENNAI: The second Grand Prix leg of the women’s online speed chess championships, organized by FIDE, will commence from July 1. World no. 9 D Harika, who qualified for this stage after being part of the Swiss tournament earlier this month, is among those vying for top honours in this leg. The 29-year-old is clearly not taking much pressure ahead of the event. “All I want to do is work hard and give 100 percent and play, rest (I will take) whatever comes,” Harika told TOI on the eve of the event. More than mulling a lot about the results, Harika is happy just to be able to play the game in these uncertain times. “Right now, we don’t
Valentina Gunina. (Photo credit: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)CHENNAI: Russian Grandmaster Valentina Gunina was the last player to have qualified for the Grand Prix stage of the ongoing women’s online speed chess organized by the FIDE. However, the 31-year-old showed her mettle on Wednesday to beat WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 8.5-3.5 to move into the quarterfinals of the first leg of the Grand Prix stage on Wednesday. “Yesterday (Tuesday) I was very tired because I participated in all six qualifier rounds. And today I had to wake up early for the match (7am). When you wake up so early for a match, your brain doesn’t work irrespective of who is there in the opposition,” Gunina revealed to the tournament website after her victory.