Humpy Koneru

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Koneru Humpy
Humpy in 2012
Full name Humpy Koneru
Country India
Born (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 28)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2589 (September 2015)
(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 July 2014 FIDE Elo rating was 2598, placing her number three[1] in the world among women players. In Oct 2007, she achieved a rating of 2606, becoming the second female player, 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 was runner-up in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–2014, losing to Hou Yifan in the final stage.

In August 2014 she married Dasari Anvesh.[15]

She went into the Women's World Chess Championship 2015 (knock-out) as no. 1 seed, but was knocked out in the quarter-final by Mariya Muzychuk, the eventual winner.

She won the individual bronze at the Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015 held at Chengdu, China. Despite Dronavalli Harika's silver and Humpy's bronze, India finished fourth in the competition - a point behind China, which bagged the bronze medal. [16]

Awards and Honors[edit]

Wijk aan Zee, 2006
  • 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.


  1. ^ Marko Jelcic. "Chess Elo Rating | Woman World Chess Rating List". Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Anand crosses 2800 and leads the October 2007 FIDE ratings". Chess News. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ FIDE: Koneru's rating progress chart
  4. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". Chess News. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". 2002-05-31. 
  6. ^ V. Krishnaswamy. "Profile of a Champion". 
  7. ^ V. Krishnaswamy. "The Girl who Won the Boys Chess Title". 
  8. ^ "Humpy’s moves". The Tribune (Chandigarh, India). 2006-04-08. 
  9. ^ Women’s World Chess Championship .Retrieved on April 15, 2007.
  10. ^ Zaveri, Praful (2009-05-15). "Areshchenko triumphs in Mayor's Cup – Jai Ho Mumbai!!". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Koneru Humpy accuses AICF secretary of harassment". IBN Sports. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Humpy replies to Sundar – issues open challenge". ChessBase. 2009-10-25. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Women GP - Nalchik - Women GP - Nalchik". Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Humpy pulls it off – wins Doha GM and qualifies | Chess News". Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  15. ^ J. R. Shridharan. "Humpy enters wedlock with Anvesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "World Women Chess: Harika wins silver, bronze for Humpy". PTI. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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