Cairns Cup Chess: Harika beats former world champion Kosteniuk

St Louis: India’s Harika Dronavalli got the better of former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in the third round of Cairns Cup. Meanwhile, Koneru Humpy, the other Indian in the fray in the 10-player tournament, drew with reigning world champion Ju Wenjun of China in 22 moves late on Sunday, to take her tally to 1.5 points.

Harika who is unbeaten after three rounds, is joint second with two points along with former world champ Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and Kateryna Lagno (Russia). Georgia’s Nana Dzagnidze beat American player Carissa Yip in 55 moves with white pieces, overcoming a stubborn challenge from the youngster.