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V. Varshini

V. Varshini
Born (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 25)
Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India
TitleWoman Grandmaster (2020)
Peak rating2271 (December 2015)

V. Varshini (born 28 August 1998), is an Indian female chess player. FIDE awarded her the title of woman grandmaster in September 2019.

Chess career

Varshini became a woman international master (WIM) in 2018.[1] She attained her first woman grandmaster norm at the KIIT International chess festival in Bhubaneswar in May 2018. Next at the International GM Chess Tournament in Mumbai in December 2018, she earned her second woman Grandmaster norm. Varshini achieved her third and final norm in August 2019 at the Riga Technical University Open tournament at Riga, Latvia. She became the eighteenth chess player in India to become the woman grandmaster.[2] She was officially awarded the title of woman grandmaster (WGM) in September 2019.[3]

She has won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in the under 16 age group and a bronze medal in the under 18 age group. She qualified for a seat at the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna Technological and Research University under the sports category in 2016.[4] Varshini has also publicly spoken about the lack of funding for international tournaments that hinder Indian female chess players career.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Title Application" (PDF). FIDE. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ Prasad, RS (22 August 2019). "Nandhidhaa & Varshini, two new WGMs from Tamil Nadu". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Title Application" (PDF). FIDE. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. ^ "My aim is to become grand master: Sports quota topper". Deccan Chronicle. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ PR, Srinidhi. "Funds, marriage roadblocks for Indian women in chess". The New Indian Express. No. 2 February 2019. Archived from the original on 8 February 2019. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
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