Indian challenge ended at the World Women Chess Championship with grandmaster D. Harika bowing out following a defeat against former champion Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia in the second set of tie-break games here.
Harika had carried the Indian hopes nicely till the tie-breaker of the third round. However, she got a jolt in the first game of the rapid tie-break where both players had 25 minutes on their clock.
The Indian looked down and out but a major comeback was on the cards as she won the return game with black on Sunday.
While it is up to the pundits to decide her downfall, it was the same opening she chose with black-the Isolated queen pawn opening position coming out of a French Taarrasch. Kosteniuk was confident as she had been successful in her first attempt. And as it happened, her instinct held her well.
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