Koneru Humpy

Koneru Humpy

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Koneru Humpy Profile

  • Name:
  • Koneru Humpy
  • Born:
  • March 31, 1987
  • Profession / Known For:
  • Chess
  • Awards:

    1999: Asia's youngest Woman International Master (WIM)
    2001: India's youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
    2003: Arjuna Award
    2007: Padma Shri

Koneru Humpy Biography

Koneru Humpy is an Indian chess player. She holds the rank of number two in the world for women. She surpassed the rating of 2577 in 2007 and in January 2010 she got 2614 FIDE Elo rating. She is the second female player after Judit Polgar to cross the 2600 Elo mark.


She was born on 31st March 1987 in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in India. Her father was Ashok Koneru. He is a lecturer in chemistry and he is a wonderful chess player himself. He has won the South India Open Championship in 1985. Koneru Humpy was attracted towards chess when she was just 5. After spotting extraordinary skills in her, her father started to train her. Her father gave up his job to concentrate on his daughter’s chess career.


She won the Under 8 National Chess Championship in 1995 and this made her popular. After proving her talents at the National level competitions she entered international chess circuit. She won the World Chess Championships in the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age groups. When she was 12 she got the International Master title. She earned 3rd Grand Master title in the Elekes Memorial Grand Master Tournament held at Budapest in Hungary. She is not only a women grandmaster but also the youngest women ever to become a grandmaster. When she achieved this she was only 15 years 1 month and 27 days. Later in 2008 this was beaten by Hou Uifan.


She won World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 2001 and was eliminated in the second round in the Women’s World Chess Championship in 2006. She went up to semifinals in the 2008 Women’s World Chess Championships.


She accused the All India Chess Federation in 2009 for stopping her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin. She participated in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2009-2011 and gained second position and was qualified as the challenger for Women’s World Chess Championship 2011.


She got Arjuna Award in the year 2003, Padma Shri Award in the year 2007, and Raja-Lakshmi Award in the year 2008. 


n August 2014 she married Dasari Anvesh. Currently she is working with ONGC Ltd

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Updated: October 01, 2017

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