Humpy Koneru

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The native form of this personal name is Koneru Humpy. This article uses the Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Humpy Koneru
Humpy in 2012
Full name Koneru Humpy
Country India
Born (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 29)
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2557 (September 2016)
Peak rating 2623 (July 2009)
Humpy Koneru
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Women's Individual
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Mixed Team

Humpy Koneru (born 31 March 1987 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian chess Grandmaster. In October 2007, she became the second female player, after Judit Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606.[1][2]

In 2002, Koneru became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of grandmaster (not solely a Woman Grandmaster) at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár's previous mark by three months;[3] this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008.


Koneru won three gold medals at the World Youth Chess Championship: in 1997 (under-10 girls' division), 1998 (under-12 girls) and 2000 (under-14 girls). In 1999 she won the under-12 boys' – or rather open – section of the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Ahmedabad.[4] In 2001 Koneru won the World Junior Girls Championship. In the following year's edition, she finished equal first with Zhao Xue, but placed second on tiebreak.[5] Koneru competed with the boys in the 2004 World Junior Championship, which was won by Pentala Harikrishna, and finished equal fifth, tenth on countback with a score of 8.5/13.[6]

Koneru won the British Women's Championship in 2000 and in 2002. In 2003, she won the 10th Asian Women's Individual Championship and the Indian Women's Championship, both held in Calicut.[7][8] In 2005 she won the North Urals Cup, a round-robin tournament held in Krasnoturyinsk, Russia featuring ten of the strongest female players in the world at the time.[9]

She participated in the Women's World Chess Championship 2006: after defeating Tuduetso Sabure from Botswana, she was eliminated in the second round by Marie Sebag.[10] In the Women's World Chess Championship 2008 she made it to the semi-finals, 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.[11]

In 2009, Koneru accused the All India Chess Federation of preventing her from participating in the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin.[12][13] 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.[14][15] 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.

She went into the Women's World Chess Championship 2015 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 in 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]

Personal life[edit]

She was originally named "Hampi" by her parents (Koneru Ashok and Mrs Latha Ashok) who derived the name from the word "champion". Her father later changed the spelling to Humpy, to more closely resemble a Russian-sounding name.[17][18][19][20]

In August 2014 she married Dasari Anvesh.[21] Currently she is working with ONGC Ltd.[22]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Wijk aan Zee, 2006
  • 1999: Asia's youngest Woman International Master (WIM)
  • 2000: World under-14 girls champion, Oropesa del Mar, Spain
  • 2001: India's youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM)
  • 2001: World junior girls champion, Athens
  • 2003: Arjuna Award
  • 2007: Padma Shri[23]


  1. ^ "Anand crosses 2800 and leads the October 2007 FIDE ratings". Chess News. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ FIDE: Koneru's rating progress chart FIDE
  3. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". Chess News. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Humpy on high!". 30 August 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Goa 2002 – 20° Campeonato Mundial Juvenil Feminino BrasilBase
  6. ^ Cochin 2004 – 43° Campeonato Mundial Juvenil BrasilBase
  7. ^ 10th Asian Women's Individual Chess Championship FIDE
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (17 November 2003). "TWIC 471: Indian Women's National A Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "North Urals Cup: Humpy wins, Xu Yuhua second". ChessBase. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Women’s World Chess Championship .Retrieved on 15 April 2007.
  11. ^ Zaveri, Praful (15 May 2009). "Areshchenko triumphs in Mayor's Cup – Jai Ho Mumbai!!". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Koneru Humpy accuses AICF secretary of harassment". IBN Sports. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Humpy replies to Sundar – issues open challenge". ChessBase. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Women GP – Nalchik – Women GP – Nalchik". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Humpy pulls it off – wins Doha GM and qualifies | Chess News". Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "World Women Chess: Harika wins silver, bronze for Humpy". The Hindu. PTI. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Humpy beats Judit Polgar by three months". 31 May 2002. 
  18. ^ V. Krishnaswamy. "Profile of a Champion". 
  19. ^ V. Krishnaswamy. "The Girl who Won the Boys Chess Title". 
  20. ^ "Humpy's moves". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 8 April 2006. 
  21. ^ J. R. Shridharan. "Humpy enters wedlock with Anvesh". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Humpy joins ONGC". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Padma Awards". Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 

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