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30 Dec, 2018 15:54

Russia’s Kateryna Lagno wins World Blitz Chess title in St. Petersburg

Russia’s Kateryna Lagno wins World Blitz Chess title in St. Petersburg

Russian chess player Kateryna Lagno claimed the women’s World Blitz Chess crown with a dominant performance in St. Petersburg on Sunday.

Lagno, 29, went undefeated as she scored 13.5/17 in the rapid-fire series of games, pushing Iran’s Sarasdat Khademalsharieh into second and China’s Lei Tingjie into third.

The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships are being held at St. Petersburg’s Manege exhibition center in the north of Russia.

The blitz chess success for Lagno adds to victory in the men’s rapid chess tournament for 22-year-old Russian Daniil Dubov. 

READ MORE: 'Perfect performance': Russian prodigy Dubov wins World Rapid Chess title, gets praise from Putin 

Norwegian sensation Magnus Carlsen made up for a relatively lowly fifth-place showing in that tournament by claiming victory in the blitz edition of the event.

Carlsen scored 17/21, edging out Polish star Jan-Krzystzof Duda by just half a point.

Ukrainian-bornLagno was a child chess prodigy, and earned the title of women’s grandmaster at the age of just 12.

She made the switch from the Ukrainian Chess Federation to the Russian Federation in 2014 in a move approved by FIDE.    

She has previously won the world rapid title in 2014, and in November of this year lost out to China’s Ju in a tense playoff at the Women’s World Championship.