Batumi: Koneru Humpy of India and Stefanova Antoaneta from Bulgaria kept their unbeaten record intact after day two and six rounds of play at the 2012 women's World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships.
Both Grandmasters (GM) of FIDE merits, scored four wins against two draws for five points from two days of competition on Friday. The Indian GM was slightly ahead, thanks to detailed calculations. Russia's Alexandra Kosteniuk, another GM, scored two wins against one defeat, at the hands of Stefanova Antoaneta to rank third among 50 players from 18 countries.
Hosts Georgia are fielding two of their old-timers, Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze. The duo, at 71 and 51 years of age, respectively, kept the women's world championship title to themselves for the former Soviet Union and Georgia between 1962 and 1991.
Both Grandmasters, Humpy and Antoaneta scored four wins against two draws for five points from two days of competition on Friday.
After six rounds of play, the younger Chiburdanidze still garnered 3.5 points to rank at a temporary 17th position while the older Gaprindashvili netted one point to stay at the 48th place - clear from the absolute bottom of the 50-player pack.
Three more rounds were scheduled to be played on Saturday, to be followed by two more rounds on Sunday before the rapid chess world championship title is decided.