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Judit to skip World Cup

Hyderabad: Top players have opted out of the second World Chess Cup to be held here in October even as the Indian chess federation extended the entry date for defending champion Viswanathan Anand.

Releasing the first list of players Thursday, Fide vice-president P.T. Ummer Koya said efforts were on to bring in as many players as possible. Koya said the last date of entry had been extended in Anand’s case, as he is “in transit” after playing at Kremlin in the match between Russia and the Rest of the World.

GM Judit Polgar of Hungary will not be playing the World Cup while another GM Jun Xie of China has not yet confirmed her entry in the women’s section, Koya said.

However, world champion Chen Zhu (China), defending champion Xu Yuhua (China), GM Koneru Humpy (India) besides GM Maia Chiburdanidze of Georgia, GM Pia Cramling of Sweden and Ekateina Kovaleskaya of Russia have confirmed their participation.

The first list also does not figure the name of reigning world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in the men’s section while the entry of Alexander Grischuk of Russia is yet to be confirmed, he said.

The entries of best-rated players like Garri Kasparov, Vladamir Kramnik, Vesselin Topalov, Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko are also yet to be confirmed, Koya added.

Humpy GM confirmed

Meanwhile, Fide has conferred Koneru Humpy’s Grandmaster title. “The presidential board meeting of Fide, which met on September 8 in Moscow, found her title claim genuine,” Ummer Koya said.

The governing body examined the ratings and category of the tournaments she had played to log the required three GM norms to get the men’s GM and found they were genuine.

However, he was non-committal about the claim that Humpy was the youngest ever woman in the world to get men’s GM norm surpassing the record of Judith Polgar.

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