World rapid chess champion Koneru Humpy has decided to skip the fourth and final leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series which will be held in Gibraltar from January 17 to 29 next year.
“In view of the prevailing pandemic, I thought it not worth taking the risk to travel all the way and hence I will not be playing in what is obviously a very important event,” World No. 3 Humpy said in a chat with Sportstar on Friday from her home in Vijayawada.
“The equation is pretty simple. Having played in two legs so far, winning one and finishing as joint-winner in the other one, to win the Grand Prix series I needed to finish in the top three of the Gibraltar-leg. And, to make it to the Candidates Matches, for which this Series is also a qualifying event, I have to finish in the top two in the final standings,” explains the 33-year-old champion chess player with an ELO of 2586.