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Koneru Humpy

Koneru Humpy
Humpy in 2012
Born (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 37)
Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, India
TitleGrandmaster (2002)
World ChampionWomen's World Rapid Chess Championships (2019)
FIDE rating2545 (May 2024)
Peak rating2623 (July 2009)

Koneru Humpy (born 31 March 1987) is an Indian chess player best known for winning the FIDE Women's rapid chess championship in 2019.[1] In 2002, she became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster (GM) at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days,[2] beating Judit Polgár's previous record by three months[3] (this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008). In October 2007, Humpy became the second female player, after Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606.[4][5]


Humpy 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.[6] In 2001 Humpy 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.[7] She became the eighth ever female Grandmaster in 2002. Humpy 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.[8]

Humpy 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.[9][10] 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.[11]

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. Humpy 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.[12]

In 2009, Humpy accused the All India Chess Federation of preventing her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin.[13][14] Her father Koneru Ashok, who was coaching her, was not allowed to travel with her for tournaments.

Humpy 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.[15][16] Hou Yifan won the match, winning three games and drawing five. Humpy finished runner-up in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix series also in the 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16 and 2019–21 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.[17]

In 2019, she became women's World Rapid champion after coming back from a two-year maternity sabbatical.[18]

In 2020, Humpy won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the year award, following a public vote.[19]

Humpy competed at the 2022 Chess Olympiad as part of the women's India team, which achieved a bronze medal.[20]

Personal life

Humpy in Wijk aan Zee, 2006

Koneru Humpy was born in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, on 31 March 1987.[21] She was originally named "Hampi" by her parents, Koneru Ashok and Koneru Latha,[22] who derived the name from the word champion. Her father later changed the spelling to Humpy, to more closely resemble a Russian-sounding name.[23][24] She was coached in chess at a young age by her father Ashok after he discovered her talent when she suggested a move as played out by a game from The Chess Informator. It was 1993, and Humpy was six-years-old then. In the same year, Humpy won the Vijayawada city and Krishna district under-eight championships. She won the State-level championships in 1994 and 1995 and qualified for the national under-eight championship for girls in Madurai in 1995, where she finished fourth. From that year, her father started coaching her exclusively. She would then go on to win the national under-10 championship for girls in 1996 in Mumbai, which led to a qualification for the 1997 World Under-10 Girls Chess Championship at Cannes, France, which she would go on to win.[21]

In August 2014, Humpy married Dasari Anvesh.[25] They have a daughter together named Ahana (b. 2017).[26] Since 2016, Humpy has been working with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC).[27]

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Titles

S.No Year Date Venue Points (Win/draw/loss) Result
1 2009 7–19 March 2009 Istanbul, Turkey 8.5/11 (+7=3-1) Gold Gold
2 2010 30 July – 11 August 2010 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 6.5/11 Bronze Bronze
3 2011 23 February – 5 March 2011 Doha, Qatar 8/11 (+6=4-1) Gold Gold
4 2012 10 June – 21 June 2012 Kazan, Russia 7.5/11 (+4 =7 –0) Gold Gold
5 2012 16 September – 28 September 2012 Ankara, Turkey 8.5/11 (+7 =3 –1) Gold Gold
6 2013 June 15 – 29 June 2013 Dilijan, Armenia 8/11 (+5=6–0) Gold Gold
7 2013 17 September – 1 October 2013 Tashkent, Uzbekistan 8/11 (+6=4–1) Gold Gold
8 2015 2 October – 16 October 2015 Monte Carlo, Monaco 7/11 Bronze Bronze
9 2016 1 July – 15 July 2016 Chengdu, China 7/11 (+5=4-2) Silver Silver
10 2019 10 September – 23 September 2019 Skolkovo, Russia 8/11 (+5=6-0) Gold Gold
11 2019 2 December – 15 December 2019 Monaco 7/11 (+4=6-1) Gold Gold - Shared 1st Place
12 2023 1 February – 14 February 2023 Munich , Germany 7/11 (+3=8-0) Silver Silver



President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (left) presenting Padma Shri to Humpy (right), 2007

See also


  1. ^ "The inspiring return of Koneru Humpy". ChessBase India. 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Humpy emerges winner at Elekes". The Times of India. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". Chess News. 31 May 2002. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Anand crosses 2800 and leads the October 2007 FIDE ratings". Chess News. 2 October 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  5. ^ Koneru's rating progress chart. FIDE.
  6. ^ "Humpy on high!". 30 August 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  7. ^ Goa 2002 – 20° Campeonato Mundial Juvenil Feminino BrasilBase
  8. ^ Cochin 2004 – 43° Campeonato Mundial Juvenil BrasilBase
  9. ^ 10th Asian Women's Individual Chess Championship FIDE
  10. ^ Crowther, Mark (17 November 2003). "TWIC 471: Indian Women's National A Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  11. ^ "North Urals Cup: Humpy wins, Xu Yuhua second". ChessBase. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  12. ^ Zaveri, Praful (15 May 2009). "Areshchenko triumphs in Mayor's Cup – Jai Ho Mumbai!!". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  13. ^ "Koneru Humpy accuses AICF secretary of harassment". IBN Sports. 24 October 2009. Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Humpy replies to Sundar – issues open challenge". ChessBase. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  15. ^ "Women GP – Nalchik – Women GP – Nalchik". Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Humpy pulls it off – wins Doha GM and qualifies | Chess News". 5 March 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  17. ^ "World Women Chess: Harika wins silver, bronze for Humpy". The Hindu. PTI. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  18. ^ "The inspiring return of Koneru Humpy - ChessBase India". 29 December 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Koneru Humpy is BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  20. ^ "44th Olympiad Chennai 2022 Women – Final Ranking after 11 Rounds".
  21. ^ a b Aaron, Manuel (10–23 January 1998). "The making of a champion". Frontline. Archived from the original on 11 February 2001. Retrieved 11 May 2024.
  22. ^ "Harika wins, Setback for Humpy".
  23. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". 31 May 2002.
  24. ^ "Humpy's moves". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 8 April 2006.
  25. ^ J. R. Shridharan. "Humpy enters wedlock with Anvesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  26. ^ "Grandmaster Koneru Humpy learning the moves of a mother". Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Humpy joins ONGC". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  28. ^ "Humpy pockets first world chess crown". The Times of India. 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  29. ^ "2020 Cairns Cup March 2020 United States of America FIDE Chess Tournament report". Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
Awards and achievements Preceded byLi Ruofan Women's Asian Chess Champion 2003 Succeeded byWang Yu
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