Chai Khana

Humpy Koneru: Chess Grandmaster

Humpy Koneru is an Indian chess grandmaster and current World Rapid Chess Champion.

In October 2007, she became the second female player, after Judit Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606.

In 2002, Koneru became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of grandmaster (not solely a Woman Grandmaster) at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár’s previous mark by three months; this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008.

Humpy was born on 31 March 1987, in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh

She was originally named “Hampi” by her parents (Koneru Ashok and Mrs Latha Ashok) who derived the name from the word “champion”. Her father later changed the spelling to Humpy, to more closely resemble a Russian-sounding name.

In August 2014 she married Dasari Anvesh.

Currently she is working with ONGC Ltd

Koneru won three gold medals at the World Youth Chess Championship: in 1997 (under-10 girls’ division), 1998 (under-12 girls) and 2000 (under-14 girls).

In 1999, at the Asian Youth Chess Championship, held in Ahmedabad, she won the under-12 section, competing with the boys.

In 2001 Koneru won the World Junior Girls Championship. In the following year’s edition, she tied for first place with Zhao Xue, but placed second on tiebreak.

Koneru competed with the boys in the 2004 World Junior Championship, which was won by Pentala Harikrishna and tied for fifth place, finishing tenth on countback with a score of 8.5/13 points.

Koneru won the British Women’s Championship in 2000 and in 2002. In 2003, she won the 10th Asian Women’s Individual Championship and the Indian Women’s Championship.

In 2005, she won the North Urals Cup, a round-robin tournament held in Krasnoturyinsk, Russia featuring ten of the strongest female players in the world at the time.

She participated in the Women’s World Chess Championship for the first time in 2004 and since then, she has competed in every edition of the event held with the knockout format. Koneru reached the semifinals in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

In 2009, she tied for 1st–4th with Alexander Areshchenko, Magesh Panchanathan and Evgenij Miroshnichenko in the Mumbai Mayor Cup.

Koneru took part in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2009–2011 and finished in overall second position, in turn qualifying as challenger for Women’s World Chess Championship 2011.Hou Yifan won the match, winning three games and drawing five. Koneru finished runner-up in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series also in the 2011–12, 2013–14 and 2015–16 editions.

She won the individual bronze at the Women’s World Team Chess Championship 2015 held in Chengdu, China. Team India finished fourth in the competition – a point behind China, which won the bronze medal.

After becoming a mother in 2017 — she went against China’s Lei Tingjie in a highly-anticipated battle to win the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship crown in Moscow, Russia.

The Grandmaster made a stunning comeback after taking a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018.

Awards

  • 1999: Asia’s youngest Woman International Master (WIM)
  • 2001: India’s youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
  • 2003: Arjuna Award
  • 2007: Padma Shri
  • 2019: Skolkovo Women’s Grand Prix 2019–20
  • 2019: Monaco Women’s Grand Prix 2019–20
  • 2019: Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship
  • 2020: Cairns Cup

 

Support Ethical Journalism. Support The Dispatch

The Dispatch is a sincere effort in ethical journalism. Truth, Accuracy, Independence, Fairness, Impartiality, Humanity and Accountability are key elements of our editorial policy. But we are still not able to generate great stories, because we don’t have adequate resources. As more and more media falls into corporate and political control, informed citizens across the world are funding independent journalism initiatives. Here is your chance to support your local media startup and help independent journalism survive. Click the link below to make a payment of your choice and be a stakeholder in public spirited journalism


 

The Dispatch is present across a number of social media platforms. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exciting videos; join us on Facebook, Intagram and Twitter for quick updates and discussions. We are also available on the Telegram. Follow us on Pinterest for thousands of pictures and graphics. We care to respond to text messages on WhatsApp at 8082480136 [No calls accepted]. To contribute an article or pitch a story idea, write to us at [email protected] |Click to know more about The Dispatch, our standards and policies   

About the author

The Dispatch Staff

A News & Knowledge media startup in India, The Dispatch employs staff with best journalistic abilities. Our staff comes from diverse backgrounds such as history, culture, science and sports to security and global affairs. The staff at The Dispatch is committed to promptly respond to readers’ feedback. Write to us at [email protected]