Meet Padma Shri Koneru Humpy, The First Female Ever To Lead Indian Chess Team In Asian Games 2023

Sports By Akarshi Srivastava | 3 min read

The chess world is a realm where strategy, intellect, and precision come together to create flaming magic and Koneru Humpy is an example of a perfect blend of all. In this intellectual battlefield, the Indian chess team has consistently been a force to be reckoned with and they are not stopping anywhere but gearing up for yet another remarkable showdown – The Asian Games 2023.

First Female Chess Lead At Asian Games 2023

At the front of this formidable chess team representing India in the Asian Games 2023 is none other than the furious Koneru Humpy, a name that resonates with excellence in chess. With her unparalleled skills and unwavering dedication, Humpy has become an inspiration to all chess enthusiasts not only in India but worldwide.

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Who is Koneru Humpy?

Koneru Humpy is an Indian Chess player and an Indian Grandmaster renowned for her distinctive playing style, and for breaking endless chess records under her name. And she has once again hit the headline as the Veteran Grandmaster Koneru Humpy will lead a 10-member Indian Chess team at the upcoming Asian Games 2023.

For the first time in the history of the Indian Chess Team, a female is leading in the Asian Games. Her rise to become one of the world’s top female chess players is a testament to her unwavering dedication, relentless pursuit of excellence, and an innate understanding of the “64 squares”.

What are the Achievements of Koneru Humpy?

In 1999, Humpy earned the International Master title, becoming Asia’s youngest female International Master.

Koneru Humpy has achieved almost what all a chess prodigy could achieve as a junior in the chess world. She was introduced to the game when she was just five and achieved the title of grandmaster at the age of 15 years, making her the only woman to attain this prestigious title at that time.

Remarkably, in 2002, she attained the Grandmaster title at just 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, surpassing Judith Polgar’s record by three months, solidifying her status as the world’s youngest female GM and the eighth female grandmaster globally.

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She has always been a key contributor to the Indian women’s chess team playing a vital role in team India’s silver medal victory at the Women’s Chess Olympiad in 2004 and the bronze medal win in 2010.

She even represented India in the Asian Games winning a gold medal in the Women’s Individual Rapid Chess event at the 2010 Asian Games held in China.

Koneru Humpy has won the Asian Women’s Chess Championship on multiple occasions, highlighting her consistent excellence in the Asian Chess Circuit. Apart from the many feathers in her hat, Koneru Humpy was honored with the Arjuna Award in 2003 and received the Padma Shri in 2007. 

With her astute strategies, she has earned accolades and trophies, and now she carries the hopes and aspirations of an entire nation in the Asian Games 2023, Koneru Humpy will lead the team to the best of her knowledge in the Asian Games 2023.

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Humpy’s father made a significant sacrifice by leaving his job to provide full-time training for her. In 2014, she married Dasari Anvesh. Three years later, in 2017, Humpy became a mother when she gave birth to her daughter, Ahana. Following the birth, she took a two-year hiatus from chess—but she was back even more stronger.

Now, she is prepared to lead an unstoppable team of chess enthusiasts, poised to conquer the Asian Games in 2023 with their strategic powers and skill, under Humpy’s leadership.

Team India: The Knights and Queens of Chess led by Koneru Humpy

In 2023, the Indian squad announced by the All India Chess Federation will comprise five men and five women. Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli will be taking the lead action in the individual woman’s category at the Asian Games 2023 while Vidit Gujrathi and Arjun Erigaisi in the individual men’s event of Asian Games 2023.

As we prepare to witness the Indian Chess team’s remarkable journey in the Asian Games 2023, it’s crucial to acknowledge the incredible talent and remarkable determination of each team member.

The 5 females representing India in chess at the Asian Games are Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Vaishali Rameshbaba, Vantika Agrawal, and Savitha Shri B. Meanwhile besides Vidit Gujhrathi and Arjun Erigaisi, Gukesh D, Pentala Harikrishna, and Rameshbabu Praggnandhaa will form the Indian squad for men’s team competition at Asian Games 2023.

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Chess is as much about strategy and intellect as it is about heart and soul. As the team is ready to step on the Asian Games 2023 stage, they carry with them the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of a whole nation. 

Indian chess has been on a stunning upswing recently and in the recently concluded Baku World Cup, an unprecedented four Indian Players advanced to the quarterfinals, with R Praggnanandhaa making history by becoming the youngest to win a silver medal.

Adding to this wave of success, Gukesh D achieved an impressive Elo rating of 2758, surpassing the Indian legend by 4 points and making a significant milestone in the country’s chess history. With so many achievements in the basket, the nation awaits more to celebrate after the Asian Games 2023. 

So, let’s all come together, chess enthusiasts and alike to wish the team luck in the Asian Games 2023. Let’s watch as they checkmate their way to success and bring home the glory they deserve. Mad4India extends our heartfelt best wishes for the Asian Games 2023.

If you loved reading this story about the Asian Games 2023, then you can also check out 5 Youngest Indian players who are participating in the Asian Games before turning 20.

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