Soumya Swaminathan

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Soumya Swaminathan
Soumya Swaminathan, 2010
Born (1989-03-21) 21 March 1989 (age 29)
Palghat, India
TitleWoman Grandmaster (2008)
Peak rating2384 (March 2016)

Soumya Swaminathan (born 21 March 1989) is a chess player holding the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) from India. She won the World Junior Girls' Championship 2009 held in Puerto Madryn, Argentina edging out on tiebreak score Deysi Cori and Betul Cemre Yildiz.[1][2]

Soumya Swaminathan was also the Indian junior girls' champion in 2005 and 2006. In January 2011, she won the 2011 Indian women's championship with a score of 8½/11.[3] She became the Commonwealth women's champion in 2012 in Chennai.[4] In 2016, she tied for the first place in the women's section of the Moscow Open with Anastasia Bodnaruk and Alexandra Obolentseva, finishing second on tiebreak.[5] She opted herself out of the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Hamadan, Iran, from July 26 to August 4, 2018, characterizing Iran's compulsory headscarf rule as a violation of her personal rights.[6]


  1. ^ "Vachier-Lagrave, Soumya win World Junior". ChessBase. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ Soumya wins world junior girls title. The Times of India. 2009-11-04
  3. ^ "WGM Soumya Swaminathan wins India Chess Championship". Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  4. ^ "Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 – Tiviakov Champion, Lalith Babu awarded Commonwealth title". Chessdom. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ Sagar Shah (2016-02-19). "Soumya shines in Moscow". ChessBase India. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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