World rapid chess champion Koneru Humpy had a different kind of challenge even as she played a significant role in India being declared joint-winners along with Russia in the just-concluded online Chess Olympiad.

The 33-year-old Humpy had to make the difficult choice of staying away from her two-year-old daughter Ahana while taking on the best in the world during the Olympiad. She decided to play the online Olympiad from her parents home in Vijayawada so as to focus on the battles on the computer screen.

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“Yes, since it will not be easy to play with her at home, I preferred to be with my parents (her father K. Ashok has been her coach-cum-mentor since her early days) and it was comparatively easier,” Humpy informed Sportstar from Vijayawada.

Reflecting on her contribution to the team’s win, Humpy said it was “immensely…

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