Blog By: Riya Rathore
Humpy Koneru is an Indian chess Grandmaster. 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. Chess has always been a male dominated game.Koneru was named Humpy by her father Ashok and she uses this given name after Koneru,her family name. he top chess champion Koneru Humpy achieved the glory by her strong determination and sincere devotion. Her career started when she won the 4th place in the Indian under-8 championships(1995). Since then Humpy never looked back. In 1998 Humpy participated in the world under-10 competition and won the gold medal. By taking part in different matches she paved her way to success.
During its rich history, which spans across two centuries, there have been only a handful of women who have dared to compete with men on equal terms. One such brave heart is the amazingly talented Indian super-star Humpy Koneru.
Astonishingly, in the same year she also became the World Junior Girls champion at the tender age of 14 years. She broke Judit Polgar’s record by becoming the youngest woman ever to achieve the grandmaster title, at 15 years 1 month and 27 days. (This was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan). She has been a World Championship finalist, and in 2007, she was the second woman after Judit Polgar to break into the 2600 league. Of course, Humpy is a big name not only in Indian chess circles but the world over. Humpy’s accomplishments in her professional career have been prolific. But on the 13th of August 2014, she was able to achieve a wonderful milestone in her personal life: she married Anvesh Dasari. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of FIDE, at the 2015 Women’s World Chess Championship in Sochi According to the recent record of Fide Ratings Koneru’s rank is 5th in the world. In the month of July(2006) Koneru occupied the second position in women’s rankings with an Elo Score of 2545.The first woman grandmaster Koneru won the World Junior championship in 2001 while in 2006 she lost the Women’s World Chess Championship in the second round .
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