HUMPY KONERU

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HUMPY KONERU

Humpy Koneru is an Indian chess grandmaster.

Koneru was born on 31st March, 1987 in Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh. Her name originally was Hampi which meant ‘champion’. Her father later changed her name to ‘Humpy’ to more closely resemble a Russian-sounding name.

Koneru won three gold medals at World Youth Chess Championship, one in 1997 under 10 girls division, one in 1998 under 12 girls division and another in 2000 under 14 girls division. In 1999 the Asian Youth Chess Championship was held in Hyderabad. She won at it under 14s’ division, competing with boys. Koneru won the World Junior Girls’ Championship in 2001. She won the British Womens’ Championship both in 2000 and 2002. In 2001, she won the 10th Asian Womens’ Individual Championship and the Indian Women Championship.

In 2005, Koneru won the North Urals Cup a round-robin tournament which was held in Russia and featured ten of the strongest female chess players in the world. In 2004, she participated in the Women’s World Championship for the first time and she has participated in it regularly ever since. She qualified to the semi finals in 2004, 2008 and 2010.

Koneru participated in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2009-2011. She came second, thus qualifying as challenger for Women’s World Chess Championship 2011. Koneru was runner-up in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2013-2014, losing to Hou Yifan in the final stage of the game.

She went into Women’s World Chess Championship 2015 as no. 1 but was defeated in the quarter-finals of the game by Maria Muzychuk, who eventually won the games.

In 015 itself, she own the individual bronze at the Women’s World Team Chess Championship held in Chengdu, China. Dronavalli Harika won silver in this game and Humpy won bronze. But in spite of this, India came fourth in the competition, a point behind China. China was the winner of the bronze medal.

Humpy Koneru was the first woman grandmaster. Her career first started when she won the fourth place in the Indian under-8 championships in 1995. That was the beginning of a wonderful journey and Humpy has not looked back since.

Humpy took part in a variety of matches and despite the failures she faced in many games, she continued of with grit and a steely determination. With courage and a desire to pursue her dreams, she eventually paved her way to success.

In 1999, Koneru was crowned Asia’s Youngest Women International Mater. (WIM)

In 2000, she was lauded World’s under-14 girl champion, Oropesa del Mar, Spain.

In 2001, she was crowned India’s youngest Woman Grandmaster. (WGM)

In 2001 itself, she was awarded World Junior Girls Champion, Athens.

In 2003, she was given the ‘Arjuna Award’, one of the most prestigious sports awards in India.

In 2007, Koneru was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest ranking civilian award in India.

Chess is a game of the mind. But Koneru highlights the importance of physical health in having a sharp clear mind. She was quoted saying- “I spend around one hour per day on physical exercise. Exercise is a must for every chess player. As the proverb says, ‘A sound mind in a sound body.’ ”

 

Falcons in Finals!!

Mumbai: Falcons TTK reached the finals of the Ultimate Table tennis league of India. They defeated Maharahtra TTK in the semi and reached the finals. Falcon defeated Maharashtra TTK for 14-5. Liam Pitchford and Wu Yang made their victory easier. Pitchford defeated Wong Chung Ting f and Harmeet desai of Maharashtra. He defeated Chung Ting for 2-1 and Harmeet Desai for 3-0.

Maharashtra started the match by victory in the first set of the semi. Falcon’s sanil Shetty was defeated by Maharashtra’s world no.8 player Wong Chun Ting. But Falcons came back to the game and made their victory safer.

Falcons and Maharashtra TTK faced each before two days ago in the group stage. In that match also Maharashtra TTK was defeated by 17-10

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Harinder pal Singh wins Australian open!!!

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Adelaide: Indian squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu won the South Australian open squash title. He defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia for the score of 11-8 12-10 11-4. He was the former national squash champion. He faced a heavy game from the Australian in the first two sets. He easily over came the Australian in the last set.

The 28-year-old squash player from Mohali, Punjab early won the PSA title in the last may. Early in the South Australian Open he defeated the top ranked Piedro Schweertman in the semi-final. He is currently world ranking no. 77. His best Ranking in his career is ranking no. 56 in 2014.

He took his first two PSA titles in the Indian Challenger series in 2009. He won three PSA titles and he became the national winner in the year 2015. This victory in the South Australian Open will help him in boosting his rankings. This was his eight title in his career.

He was the part of Indian squash team in the Asian Games at Incheon. He took part in the doubles along with Sourav Ghoshal and won gold medal in that event.

He won two more PSA tournaments in May 2017. He became the winner of Makati Open and Malaysian tour recently.

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Pankaj Advani fires………..

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Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan): Indian snooker team won the Asian Championship under the Pankaj Advani. Pankaj Advani led the team. Pankaj Advani along with Laxman Rawat India won the Asian Championship. India beat Pakistan to clinch the Asian Snooker Championship.

In the first game Advani made with Pakistan’s Mohammed Bill. Pankaj Advani and Mohammed  Bilal got 83 points in the game, while Pankaj Advani got 88 points. Laxman Rawat attacked Pakistan’s Babar Masih without allowing him to gain a point. Laxman got 73 points with his magical attack.

In the doubles, Advani and Rawat shined well and they beat Bilal and Babar for 70-55. Thus India clinched the Asian title by defeating Pakistan for 3-0 in the whole game. Advani finished the game in the doubles and made India proud. Laxman Rawat got his first International title.

This was India’s second Asian Title this season and overall eight title. There was a non playing player in the match, Malkeet Singh,this was his first International title also.

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India’s IPCA world champion

_a6426672-4a9c-11e7-88f6-6a3facb665a5Pune’s Shashikant Kutwal won the 17th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship in Slovakia on Tuesday. The 37-year-old also became an International Master (IM). He competed it in a combined group with men and women becoming the highest scorer, with 7.5 points from a possible nine.
The event attracted 40 physically challenged players from several countries. Kutwal garnered 7.5 point from possible nine, after winning seven rounds and drawing one and losing one. He competed it in a combined group with men and women becoming the highest scorer along with Israel’s IM Gurbanov Andrei who also gained 7.5 points. However, higher buchcholz score helped Kutwal to win the title.
The triumph was more special for the 37-year-old as he also became an International Master (IM). The new IM title would allowed him direct entry into many National events. “He already had four IM norms in his kitty, but was short of required rating score of 2400. This win helped him to gain the title,” said Joseph D’souza, chairman of Pune District Chess Association (PDCA) and also the previous coach of Kutwal.
After winning three state titles in the open category, Kutwal won gold medal in the All India University Chess Championship held in Pilani, Rajasthan in 1999. Later he qualified for National A, with a good performance in the National B. “Initially he was reluctant to participate in the tournaments for disabled. With a polio affected leg, he wasn’t having any major issues in playing in the open category,” said D’souza.
Kutwal, who was a resident of Supe, Baramti, shifted his base to Pune to get trained with D’souza. Later he shifted to Mumbai to work for Indian Railways and then started his coaching class and has produced several talented players. A few years back, he again focussed on his own game and started participating in the disabled tournament. His biggest achievement came last year, when he was placed second in the 16th IPCA World Individual Chess Championship 2016 for physically disabled chess players in Novi Sad, Serbia.

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