GM Humpy Koneru

Full name
Humpy Koneru
Born
Mar 31, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
Federation
India
Profiles

The top female player from India and one of the best women players in the world, Humpy Koneru has stood out in the chess world. At the time she became a Grandmaster, she was the youngest female in history to be awarded the title. She won many girls youth championships when she was young and has continued this success throughout her life. Even though she has not yet won the Women’s World Championship, she will surely continue to challenge Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan for the title of strongest female player in the world.

Humpy Koneru learned to play chess from her dad at the age of 5. In 2001, she won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship and around this same time she got the Woman Grandmaster title as well. In the next year, 2002, she was awarded the official Grandmaster title, the youngest woman in history to become a Grandmaster at the time. In 2006 and 2009, Koneru played in the Women’s World Championship but lost in the second round and semifinals each year. She continued to have great success when in 2007 she passed Susan Polgar’s 2577 rating to become the second highest rated female chess player in history. Later that year she also became the second female player in history to break the 2600 rating barrier. She is now ranked as the third best female in chess, behind Hou Yifan and Judit Polgar. Despite never having been able to win the Women’s World Championship yet, she is still one of the top women players in history.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A43
Benko Gambit (1) : A57
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (3) : A40
Slav Defense (83) : D10 D11 D12 D18
Queen's Pawn Opening (36) : A40 D02 D00 A41 A43
Queen's Indian Defense (44) : E14 E17 E15 E16 E19 E12
Semi-Slav Defense (31) : D45 D47 D46 D48
Queen's Gambit Accepted (10) : D20 D27 D25
Reti Opening (39) : A04 A05 A09 A06
Bogo-Indian Defense (17) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (16) : D71 D79 D73 D78
Colle System (9) : D04 D05
Modern Defense (6) : A42 B06 A40
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D97 D82 D86 D85 D83 D90
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D34 D33 D32
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B13
Benoni Defense (11) : A60 A61 A77 A56
Catalan Opening (8) : E05 E00 E01 E09
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (5) : A58
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
King's Indian Attack (21) : A07 A08
Torre Attack (1) : A46
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
London System (1) : A48
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Black Pieces
Petrov's Defense (43) : C42 C43
Catalan Opening (26) : E00 E01 E05
Bogo-Indian Defense (15) : E11
Reti Opening (10) : A04 A05 A09
Queen's Indian Defense (34) : E15 E12 E18 E14 E17 E19
Queen's Pawn Opening (28) : D00 A40 A43 D02
Giuoco Piano Game (6) : C50 C53
Pirc Defense (16) : B07 B08 B09
French Defense (7) : C11 C10 C02
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (6) : B06
Scotch Game (7) : C45
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Colle System (4) : D04 D05
Four Knights Game (7) : C47 C46 C48
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24
King's Indian Attack (2) : A07
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
King's Indian Defense (12) : E94 E67 E62 E91
Modern Defense (18) : B06
Benoni Defense (6) : A60 A56 A61
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D28 D20 D27
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Italian Game (1) : C55
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Trompowsky Attack (4) : A45
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D78
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C30
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Slav Defense (1) : D12
Torre Attack (2) : A46

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