Koneru Humpy has reached the semi-finals of the World Chess Championships on Monday after a draw in the second game of the quarter-finals.

Humpy, who needed a draw to make the next round after winning the first game of the quarter-finals, had to work hard against China’s Ju Wenjun.

The Indian, a semi-finalist in the last edition too, will not be up against another Chinese, Yifan Hao. It was Yifan who had beaten the Indian in the semis in 2008.

Humpy struggled initially with her opponent starting with white and the Indian had to dig deep to stay afloat until Wenjen came up with a queen sacrifice for two pieces.

Humpy could then see the draw and held her game well to draw after 60 moves and make the semis.

D Harika, the other Indian in the fray, is scheduled to play a tie-breaker after two draws in the her quarter-final game against Rufan Lufei of China.