Humpy Koneru

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Koneru Humpy
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Full name Humpy Koneru
Country India
Born (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 27)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2613 (July 2014)
(No. 3 ranked woman in the March 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2623 (July 2009)
The native form of this personal name is Koneru Humpy. This article uses the Western name order.

Humpy Koneru (born 31 March 1987 in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian chess Grandmaster. Her January 2010 FIDE Elo rating was 2614, placing her number three[1] in the world for women's players. In 2007 she surpassed the rating of 2577 set by Susan Polgar (often known as Zsuzsa Polgár) to become the second-highest ranked female player in history. She became the second female player ever, after Judit Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo mark.[2][3]

From 2002 through 2008, Koneru held the record as the youngest woman ever to become a grandmaster (not solely a Woman Grandmaster), which she achieved at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár's previous mark by three months;[4] however, this has since been surpassed by Hou Yifan.

Koneru was originally named "Hampi" by her parents, who derived the name from the word "champion". Her father later changed the spelling to Humpy, to more closely resemble a Russian-sounding name.[5][6][7][8]

In 2001 she won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship. She participated in the Women's World Chess Championship 2006, but was eliminated in the second round.[9] In the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 she made it to the semifinals, but was beaten by Hou Yifan. In 2009 she tied for 1st–4th with Alexander Areshchenko, Magesh Panchanathan and Evgenij Miroshnichenko in the Mumbai Mayor Cup.[10]

In 2009, Koneru accused the All India Chess Federation of preventing her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin.[11][12] Her father Koneru Ashok who was coaching her was not allowed to travel with her for tournaments. The controversy has not died down. Later that year, the AICF was also embroiled in a controversy with Geetha Narayanan Gopal.

Koneru participated 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.[13][14] Hou Yifan won the match, winning three games and drawing five.

She is currently in the lead in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–2014.

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • 1999: Asia's youngest International Woman Master.
  • 2001: World under-14 championship, Castellan, Spain.
  • 2001: India's youngest Woman GM.
  • 2001: World junior championship, Athens.
  • 2003: Arjuna Award in the year 2003.

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