Yifan Hao has Koneru's number again

Having lost the first game in the semis, Humpy needed a victory in the return game to stay afloat in the championship but, missing out on her chances, the Indian could only manage a draw translating in to a 0.5-1.5 defeat for her.

In the last World Championship at Nalchik in Russia too, Humpy had suffered a similar defeat in the semis at the hands of the same opponent.

The ouster of Humpy means end of the road for the Indians in the championship, and it will now be an all Chinese affair for the first time in the history of World Championships.

The other semifinal between Chinese duo of Zhao Xue and Ruan Lufei was stretched to the tiebreaker following another quick draw between the two.

Humpy had trouble negotiating the first phase of the match against Yifan, who certainly appeared to be better prepared than Humpy.  

The Indian had to be content with a $20000 prize money for her exploits in the championship.

Results (semifinals): Zhao Xue (Chn, 1) drew (via tiebreak) Ruan Lufei (Chn, 1); Koneru Humpy (Ind, 0.5) drew Yifan Hao (Chn, 1.5).

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