Koneru Humpy: India's Chess Queen

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Published
Jan 13, 2022

Hindustan Times

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Born on March 31, 1987 in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, to Koneru Ashok and Latha Ashok, Humpy’s original name was Hampi – which means ‘champion’

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Early Life

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When she was five years old, her father, Koneru Ashok, introduced her to the game. He quit his university job when Humpy was eight years old to become her coach

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She went on to win the World Girls' Under-10, 12, 14, and 20 championships. Humpy was ranked third among women by the age of fourteen

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A Young Champion

In 2001, Humpy was crowned World Junior Girls Champion. She set a four-year record for being the youngest woman to achieve an International Grandmaster norm

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Humpy won the Asian Women's Individual title as well as the National Women's Championship in 2003. She had obtained three GM standards by 2002

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For the first time in 2004, Humpy competed in the Women's World Chess Championship. She's participated in every edition of the competition since then

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Humpy was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003 and the Padma Shri in 2007

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Humpy, also known as India's Queen of Chess, holds the record for being named number one among women 16 times

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