Padmini Rout

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Padmini Rout
Rout Padmini 2009.jpg
Padmini Rout, Vlissingen 2009
Country  India
Born (1994-01-05) January 5, 1994 (age 24)
Barambagarh, Odisha, India
Title International Master (2015)
Woman Grandmaster (2007)
Peak rating 2454 (March 2015)

Padmini Rout (born January 5, 1994) is an Indian chess player who holds the titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. She won the World under-14 girls' championship in 2008 and the Indian women's championship for last four years (in 2014,2015, 2016, 2017).

She was honoured with the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2007 and the Ekalavya Award in 2009.[1]


In 2005 and 2006, she was both the Indian under-13 girls champion and the Asian under-12 girls champion.[2] Padmini Rout won the U14 girls' section of both Asian[3] and World Youth Chess Championships in 2008. The following year she finished first in the Asian Junior (Under-20) Girls Championship.[4] In 2010, she won the Indian junior (U19) girls championship[2] and took the bronze medal at both Asian[5] and World Junior Girls Championships.[6][7]

In the Asian Individual Women's Championship 2011 she tied for 2nd–6th.[8] Padmini Rout won the Indian Women's Championship for last four years, 2014,[9] 2015,2016 and 2017. In 2015, she also became the Commonwealth women's champion.[10] Padmini Rout won an individual gold medal playing on the reserve board for the Indian national team at the 2014 Women's Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Barambagarh, Odisha, Padmini started playing chess at the age of nine (2003) because of her father's passion for the game. She did her schooling from D.A.V. Public School, Chandrasekharpur and graduated in Commerce from BJB College in Bhubaneswar.

She started playing chess to help with her studies, chess being an intellectual game. Early successes in tournaments led the way for a career in chess. She practices 6–7 hours every day on chess. She likes to do yoga, swimming to keep herself fit and is always eager to learn new things. Her dream is that more and more girls participate in sports from young age and aim big in it.


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