Koneru won India's first women's World Champion, World Rapid Championship in Hampi Chess
Won seven rounds in a 12-round rapid event, beating a 22-year-old Chinese player in the final
Dainik BhaskarDec 30, 2019, 10:13 AM IST Moscow. 1997 World Under-10 Champion. 1998 World Girls Under-10 and Under-12 champions. Asia's youngest female international master in 1999. Asian Girls Under-20 Champion in 2000. World Girls Under-14 Champion in 2001. World Girls Under-20 Champion in 2001. The youngest to win the British Ladies Championship in 2000, the British Ladies title once again in 2002. Grand Master of Asia's youngest woman in 2001. Youngest Grand Master Champion in 2002 at 15 years 1 month, 27 days old. Arjuna Award in 2003, Padma Shri in 2007 and World Rapid Champion in 2019. All these achievements belong to India's Chess Grandmaster Koneru Hampi.
He won the FIDE World Rapid Championship on Saturday night by defeating 22-year-old Lei Tingji of China in the VIP zone of Moscow's Luzhniqi Stadium. She is the first female world champion in chess in India. The 32-year-old Hampi won 7 rounds in a 12-round rapid event. He won the gold by beating the Chinese player in the playoffs. Another Grand Master Dronavalli Harika of India stood at number 13. Hampi is the second Indian after Viswanathan Anand to win the Rapid World Title. Anand became the champion in 2017.
Hampi was the first Indian woman to win the National Boys title. Hampi is not only Indian chess but a famous name in the whole world. She is the first woman player of India to become Grand Master. She is only the second female player to achieve 2600 ELO points. Father Ashok Koneru recognized the daughter's extraordinary talent, concentration and interest in chess at the age of 5. Ashoka also used to play chess. He started training Hampi. She was learning very fast. After some time, Hampi's only goal was to defeat his father in chess. Ashok was a professor. In order to fulfill his daughter's chess dreams, he quit his job and started training Hampi. Hampi won the state championship at the age of 6 and 7. After this, under-12s became national champions of 14, 16.
Hampi, who was the first Indian woman player to win the National Boys Title, won the Under-14 Boys Title at the National Children's Championship at the age of 13. She was the first Indian woman player to win the National Boys Title. Then his performance was appreciated by many big players. Ashok says, 'Hampi won the International Master at the age of 12 and the Grand Master at the age of 15. Reached 2623 ELO ratings in 2009. Married in 2014 and took a break two years ago while pregnant. She returned to the Olympiad last year and became world champion a year after her return.
Hampi is the Chief Manager at ONGC and currently she is the Chief Manager at ONGC while her husband is working in the software company. When Hampi was on break, he said that his life is more hectic without chess. She wants to return as soon as possible. She also participated in the FIDE Women's World Championship last year. Now he has made a great comeback by becoming world champion.