Koneru Humpy is an Indian chess Grandmaster. She was born on 31st March 1987, in Gudivada at Andhra Pradesh. She was initially named “Hampi” by her father, who derived the name from the word “champion”. Which was later changed by her father, to Humpy, which more closely resembles a Russian-sounding name.
This 32-year-old sports star has won various awards and recognition, where prestigious awards like Arjuna Award and Padma Shri are among them. At the age of 15, she received a title of Grand Master and broke the record of Judit Polgar and in 2002, she became the youngest woman to attain the title of Grandmaster when she was of 15 years of age, against Judit Polgár’s previous mark.
The Indian chess grandmaster, Koneru Humpy’s Career:
- At the World, Youth Chess Championship Koneru bagged three gold medals
- In 1997 (Under-10 Girls division),
- 1998 (Under-12 Girls) and
- 2000 (Under-14 Girls).
- In the year 2001, she has won the World Junior Girls Championship.
- Koneru competed against the boys in the 2004 World Junior Championship and won by Pentala Harikrishna. She finished equal fifth, tenth on countback with a decent score of 8.5/13.
- In the year 2000 and 2002, Koneru had won the British Women’s Championship.
- In the year 2003, she had won the 10th Asian Women’s Individual Championship and the Indian Women’s Championship which were held in Calicut.
- She won the individual bronze medal at the Women’s World Team Chess Championship 2015 held in Chengdu, China. Despite Dronavalli Harika’s silver and Humpy’s bronze, India finished fourth in the competition – a point behind China, which bagged the bronze medal.
- On 22nd September 2019, Koneru Humpy won the Skolkovo Fide Women’s Grand Prix.
Hardships faced by Koneru
- In 2009, Koneru accused the All India Chess Federation of preventing her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin.
- Her father Koneru Ashok, who was coaching her, was not allowed to travel with her for tournaments.
Humpy Koneru Achievements
- 1999: Asia’s youngest Woman International Master (WIM)
- 2000: World under-14 girls champion, Oropesa del Mar, Spain
- 2001: India’s youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
- 2001: World junior girls champion, Athens
- 2003: Arjuna Award
- 2007: Padma Shri
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