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Padmini Rout

Padmini Rout
Padmini Rout, Vlissingen 2009
Born (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 30)
Baramba, Odisha, India
TitleInternational Master (2015)
Woman Grandmaster (2010)
Peak rating2454 (March 2015)

Padmini Rout (born 5 January 1994) is an Indian chess player. She holds the titles of International Master (IM)[1] and Woman Grandmaster (WGM).[2] She has won the National Women's Premier Championship five times, consecutively from 2014 to 2017 and again in 2023,[3] and was the Asian women's champion in 2018.[4]

Rout was honoured with the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2007 and the Ekalavya Award in 2009.[5]


In 2005 Rout won her first national title, under-11 girls at Nagpur. In 2006, she was both the Indian under-13 girls champion and the Asian under-12 girls champion.[6] Rout won the U14 girls' section of both Asian[7] and World Youth Chess Championships in 2008. The following year she finished first in the Asian Junior (Under-20) Girls Championship.[8] In 2010, she won the Indian junior (U19) girls championship[6] and took the bronze medal at both Asian[9] and World Junior Girls Championships.[10][11]

In the Asian Individual Women's Championship 2011 she tied for 2nd–6th places[12] and won it in 2018.[13] Rout won the Indian Women's Championship in 2014,[14] 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2015, she also became the Commonwealth women's champion.[15]

Rout played for the Indian national team at Women's Chess Olympiad, Women's World Team Chess Championship and Women's Asian Team Chess Championship.[16] She won an individual gold medal playing on the reserve board at the 2014 Women's Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway.[17] She has been part of the Indian women's team in the subsequent Chess Olympiads in 2016 at Baku, Azerbaijan[18] and 2018 at Batumi, Georgia.[19] She was part of the second Indian women's team at the Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai, India, playing at the second board. The team finished as eight.

Personal life

Born in Barambagarh, Odisha,[20][21] Padmini started playing chess at the age of 9 (2003) because of her father Dr. Ashok Kumar Rout's passion for the game. She did her schooling from D.A.V. Public School, Chandrasekharpur and graduated in Commerce from BJB College in Bhubaneswar. On 28 Jan 2024, Padmini married Jaikishin Mankani in Bhubaneswar.[22]


  1. Won her first National under-11 girls in 2005 at Nagpur and also won National under-13 girls in Kolkata.
  2. Individual Gold medal for reserve board in Women's in Tromsø Olympiad 2014
  3. Gold medal in Asian Continental Women 2018
  4. Four-times consecutive National Women's Premier Champion (2014-2017)
  5. Gold in Blitz, Silver in both Rapid and Classical format in Asian Nations Cup 2014 for Team India
  6. Gold in Blitz, Silver in Rapid and Bronze in Classical format in Asian Nations Cup 2018 for Team India
  7. Gold in Asian under-12 girls and under-14 girls in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
  8. Gold in Asian Junior (under-20) girls in 2009 and Bronze in 2010.
  9. Gold in Commonwealth Women's in 2015.
  10. Gold in World Youth under-14 in 2008.
  11. Bronze in World Junior 2010.
  12. Bronze in Asian Continental Women's Blitz in 2017.
  13. Bronze in Asian Indoor Games in Rapid for Team India in 2017.
  14. Won National Junior girls in 2010.
  15. Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2007.
  16. Winner of Ekalavya Award in 2009.[23]


  1. ^ "Rout Padmini chess games and profile -". Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  2. ^ Padmini, Rout,, access-date 2024-02-28
  3. ^ "Padmini Rout becomes five times National Women champion by convincingly clinching the 49th edition - ChessBase India". 11 July 2023. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Padmini Rout is the new Women's Asian Continental Champion! - ChessBase India". 18 December 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2012.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b Personalities: Padmini Rout.
  7. ^ Akbarinia, Arash (24 July 2008). "Asian Youth Championship in Teheran". ChessBase. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ Asian Junior Girls Chess Championship 2009.
  9. ^ Asian Junior Girls Chess Championship 2010.
  10. ^ "Negi disappoints but Padmini wins bronze - Times of India". The Times of India. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  11. ^ World Junior Girls Championship 2010.
  12. ^ Asian Individual Women Chess Championship 2011.
  13. ^ "17th Asian Continental Chess Championships (2nd Manny Pacquiao Cup)". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. ^ 41st National Women Premier Chess Championship-2014.
  15. ^ "Abhijeet Gupta wins Commonwealth Chess Championship". Delhi Chess Association. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Asian Nations Cup: Team India bags four medals! – All India Chess Federation | Official Website". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  17. ^ Women's Chess Olympiads: Rout Padmini. OlimpBase.
  18. ^ "Women". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  19. ^ "India - The 43rd Chess Olympiad, Batumi 2018 Georgia". Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  20. ^ WIM title application. FIDE.
  21. ^ IM title application. FIDE.
  22. ^ "Odisha Chess Icon Padmini Rout Ties the Knot in Grand Ceremony - Odisha Bhaskar English". 29 January 2024. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  23. ^ "The 'Indian Chess Queen' Padmini Rout turns 25 - ChessBase India". 5 January 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
Awards and achievements Preceded byVo Thi Kim Phung Women's Asian Chess Champion 2018 Succeeded byDinara Saduakassova
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