Koneru Humpy of India won the Womens Grand Prix at Doha in an exciting finish. She tied with Elina Damielian of Armenia but won the title on better tie-break score.
Humpy did not start well and lost to Nana Dzagnidze in the very first round. On the contrary Elina was going great with 5 wins in 5 rounds. In the critical 8th round, Humpy defeated Elina to keep her chances alive of winning the event. With some luck and a final round win, Humpy pulled it off, thereby earning the right to challenging the reigning women's world champion Hou Yifan of China.
The FIDE Women Grand Prix is a series of special tournaments organized by FIDE and Global Chess with six events over 2 years in various countries around the world. The winner of each tournament gets 6,500 Euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 Euros, and the overall winner of the series will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series. The Doha event was the 6th of the current series.
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