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Humpy Koneru
Photo copyright © 2006 "lostemperor"  
Number of games in database: 1,066
Years covered: 1997 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2586 (2483 rapid, 2483 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2623

Overall record: +328 -140 =293 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 305 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (70) 
    D38 D37 D31 D39 D35
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 D05
 Slav (57) 
    D12 D11 D10 D18
 King's Indian (49) 
    E60 E73 E63 E64 E81
 Reti System (43) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Semi-Slav (42) 
    D45 D47 D46 D44 D48
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (57) 
    B42 B40 B43 B27 B41
 Petrov (53) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A40 D02 A46 D00 A45
 Ruy Lopez (46) 
    C80 C95 C77 C70 C84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D38 D37 D31 D35 D30
 Sicilian Kan (32) 
    B42 B43 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koneru vs Z Nemeth, 2005 1-0
   Koneru vs Granda Zuniga, 2008 1-0
   Koneru vs Ju Wenjun, 2010 1-0
   Koneru vs Hebden, 2002 1-0
   Koneru vs N Berry, 1999 1-0
   Shaobin vs Koneru, 2005 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs Koneru, 2004 0-1
   Koneru vs T Kosintseva, 2004 1-0
   Koneru vs Susan Polgar, 2004 1/2-1/2
   O Annageldyev vs Koneru, 2005 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wch U20 Girls (2001)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2002)
   TSGM October (2001)
   Hotel Lippa GM (2001)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   Women Grand Prix Ankara (2012)
   World Cup (Women) (2002)
   Asia Classical 15th (2006)
   6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015)
   43rd Indian Championship (2006)
   Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004)
   British Championship (2000)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Koneru! by larrewl
   Humpy's best by VishyFan
   fasi2all's favorite games by fasi2all
   A00 D38 QGD: Ragozin Complex Defense [Black] by nakul1964
   A00 D38 QGD: Ragozin Complex Defense [Black] by nakul1964
   A00 D38 QGD: Ragozin Complex Defense [Black] by nakul1964

   🏆 Women's Grand Prix
   Goryachkina vs Koneru (Apr-05-23) 1/2-1/2
   Koneru vs N Batsiashvili (Apr-04-23) 1/2-1/2
   R Vaishali vs Koneru (Apr-03-23) 1/2-1/2
   B Assaubayeva vs Koneru (Apr-01-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Dzagnidze vs Koneru (Mar-30-23) 0-1

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(born Mar-31-1987, 36 years old) India

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WIM (1998); WGM (2001); GM (2002 aged 15 years 1 month and 27 days).


Humpy Koneru was born in Gudivada, near Vijayawada, in Andhra Pradesh and was introduced to chess when she was 5 years old by her father Koneru Ashok, a strong player in his own right. (1) In May 2002, she achieved her 3rd GM Norm in the Elekes Memorial Grandmaster tournament in Budapest to become the youngest woman to become an international grandmaster. In 2007 she surpassed the rating of 2577 set by Zsuzsa Polgar to become the second-highest ranked female player in history. In October of 2007, she became the first female player after Judit Polgar to cross the 2600-Elo mark on the FIDE World Rating List. She has won many district, Indian, Asian and World Youth Championships, but has yet to achieve her dream of winning the Women’s World Championship.


<Age> Koneru started her career by winning a presumably age-based District Chess Championship at the age of six in 1993. There followed wins at the Indian National U8 championship in 1995, and the Indian U10, U12 and U15 championships in 1996. She has won four World Championships, including the World Girls U10 Championship in 1997, the World Girls U12 Championship in 1998, the World Girls U14 Championship in 2000 (after coming 2nd in the World U14 Girls Championship in 1999), and the World Girls Junior (U20) championship in 2001. She also won the open U14 national Championship in 1999, the open U12 Asian Championship later in 1999 and the Asian Junior Girls Championship of 2000. She came =1st at the 2002 World Girls Junior Championship in 2002, but was runner up on tiebreak to Zhao Xue. In 2003, she came =6th in the open World U16 Championship and in 2004, she came =5th with 8.5/13 at the World Junior behind Pentala Harikrishna, Zhao Jun, Tigran L Petrosian and Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

<British> In 2000, she won the Women's title in the 2000 British Chess Championships to break a 61-year record held by the late Elaine Saunders Pritchard to become the youngest winner of the British Ladies title. She placed =9th with 7/11 at the 2002 British Championship, again taking the Ladies title.

<Indian> Koneru won the 2003 Indian Women’s Championship and later in the year won a National Women’s A tournament, a 17 round RR event, with a stunning 16/17. Also in 2003, she finished =4th at the 2003 National Championship behind Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Sandipan Chanda and Harikrishna. A year later in 2004, she finished =6th in the same event, and in 2006, she was =4th with 13.5/20, a half point behind the three co-leaders Ganguly, Sandipan, and Diwakar Prasad Singh at the 20 round RR category VIII 43rd Indian Championship (2006).

<Continental> Koneru was 1st at the 2003 Asian Women’s Championship and scored 5.5/9 at the Asian Chess Championship (2005).

<World> Koneru was the rating favourite in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) held in Elista, and progressed as far as the semi-final, defeating Cecile Henriette van der Merwe, Zhaoqin Peng, Tatiana Kosintseva, and Yuhua Xu in the preliminary rounds before losing to Ekaterina Kovalevskaya in the tiebreaker of the semi-final. She was also the rating favourite for the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2006) held in Ekaterinburg, but on this occasional she only advanced to the second round where she was beaten by Marie Sebag after winning against Tuduetso Sabure in round 1. Still the rating favourite, in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2008) in Nalchik she again made it to the fifth round after defeating Yosra Alaa El Din, Hoang Thanh Trang, and Shen Yang in the early rounds, in addition to winning in a walkover in round 2 due to the Georgian players boycotting the event. In the semi-final, she lost to eventual finalist and winner, Yifan Hou.

Koneru competed in the 2009-2011 Women’s Grand Prix - the winner of which would have the right to challenge for the World Women’s title - qualifying because of her top 4 result in the 2008 World Championship tournament. She won the Is Bankasi Ataturk FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009) in Istanbul, and the 6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011) in Doha, which when combined with her results in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011) in Nalchik and in the Ulan Bator GP, enabled her to place 2nd after Hou Yifan. As Hou was already World Champion, that meant Koneru had won the right to challenge Hou in a match for the title. The Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship Match (2011) match resulted in a win for Hou by 5.5-2.5.

Koneru qualified for the 2011-12 Women’s Grand Prix because of her results in 2010. She won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012) on tiebreak and also won the Grand Prix in Ankara, which when combined with her results in the Grand Prix in Rostov-on Don and in the Jermuk Grand Prix, placed her 2nd in the 2011-12 Women's Grand Prix series, again behind Hou Yifan. Should Hou have retained her title at the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012), her second place in the Grand Prix would have again entitled her to challenge for the title, this time in 2013. However, she suffered an unexpected loss to Natalia Zhukova in the second round of the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012), bowing out of the title contest. She also lost her chance to challenge for the 2013 World Women's title when Yifan Hou also lost in the second round; Koneru's challenge could only have occurred had Hou retained her title, as the latter exercised her right as the winner of the Grand Prix series to challenge the new Women's World Champion, GM Anna Ushenina, for the title in late 2013.

Koneru started her 2013-14 Women's Grand Prix campaign with outright wins at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Dilijan (2013) and the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013), earning the maximum 320 GP points for the first two legs of the series. However, she stumbled at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014), scoring only 5.5/11 and adding only 50 GP points to her tally, one third of the points pool for the combined 7th-9th positions. She was overtaken in the overall standings at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014) when Hou Yifan took out =1st to Koneru's 7th, thereby becoming runner-up to Hou in the Women's Grand Prix for the third time in succession. Had Hou retained her world crown at the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2015), Koneru would have challenged Hou for the crown later in 2015. However, as Hou did not participate in the world championship tournament, she will, as the winner of the Women's Grand Prix series, replace Koneru as the challenger for the women's world crown.

Classical Tournaments:

When she was 13, Koneru was already competing in powerful events like the Goodricke International Open in Kolkata in February 2001 and in the category VII Oakham Masters International GM tournament in England where she came in third behind Nicholas Pert and Irina Krush. She gained her third WGM norm and her first GM norm at the Hotel Lipa International Category VII tournament in Szentgotthárd, Hungary in June 2001 at the age of 14 years and 84 days. Her second GM norm came at at the age of 14 years and 213 days at the 3rd Saturday GM Tournament held at Belgrade, Yugoslavia in October 2001. She won the category VIII Elekes Memorial Grandmaster tournament held in Budapest in May 2002 and in the process also earned her third GM norm. (2). Later in 2002, she made it to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in Hyderabad, where she lost to the defending World Cup champion and finalist Yuhua Xu.

She competed at Corus for the first time in 2003, aged fifteen, and scored 6/13, placing =7th in the category XI B Group. Come 2005, she participated in the International Neckar Open in Germany, placing =4th, a half point behind the three co-leaders Mikhail Gurevich, Robert Kempinski and Christoph Renner. Later in the year she was equal 1st in the 1st MCV-Vizag in India alongside Saha Suvrajit and Rajaram R Laxman, and went on to win the 18th North Urals Cup ahead of Alexandra Kosteniuk and Yuhua Xu. She was invited to Corus Group B (2006) scoring 6/13, a result that was better than expected for her rating at the time.

Koneru was invited to the Lausanne Young Masters (2006) and placed 6th. In June 2007, she won the HSG Open Group A outright with 7.5/9 ahead of Mikhael Mchedlishvili and a few weeks later in July she placed =1st alongside Hannes Hlifar Stefansson with 7/9 at the Kaupthing Open A in Luxembourg. There followed:

- =2nd at the 17th Abu Dhabi Masters in August 2007 half a point behind Bassem Amin

- 5/13 at the category XV Corus Group B (2008)

- =4th at the 3rd Kolkata Open Grand Master Chess Tournament 2008 behind Viktor Laznicka, Krishnan Sasikiran and Shukhrat Safin

- =3rd at the Ruy Lopez Chess Festival (2008) behind Michael Adams and Zhang Pengxiang

- =1st with 9/11 in May in the Mumbai "Mayor's Cup" International Open Chess Tournament 2008;

- In 2009 she tied for 1st with Alexander Areshchenko, Magesh Chandran Panchanathan and Evgenij Miroshnichenko in the Mumbai Mayor Cup; and

- 7/10 at the Gibraltar (2010), half a point behind the 9 co-leaders.

Team events:

<Olympiads> Koneru played board one for her country at the 2004 Women’s Olympiad and at the Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006). In 2009, Humpy accused the All India Chess Federation of preventing her from participating in the Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006) in Turin, asserting that her father and manager Koneru Ashok who was coaching her was not allowed to travel with her for tournaments. The controversy has not died down. (4). She did not participate in the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010) and two years later she pulled out of the Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012), apparently because of the continuing dispute with the AICF. Her father and manager commented that "Humpy would not like to talk anything about the Olympiad." (3)

<Snowdrops vs Old Hands> In the Snowdrops vs Old Hands Match held in the closing weeks of in 2009 in the Czech Republic, she helped the Snowdrops beat the Old Hands16.5-15.5, defeating Jan Timman and Vlastimil Hort, and drawing with Viktor Korchnoi and Robert Huebner. The Snowdrops defeated the Old Hands in the same event a year later in 2010, with Koneru scoring 6/8, including wins over Wolfgang Uhlmann, Lajos Portisch, Dragoljub Velimirovic, dropping a single game to Hort.

<National> She played on the top board for India 2 at the 13th Asian Team Championships held in 2003, scoring 4/7, placing 5th on board 1 and helping her team to 6th position. She also played top board for India at the FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011) played in Mardin, Turkey, securing individual gold with a personal result of 6/8 and helping her team to 4th place. She also played for India at the Asian Indoor Games in Macau in October 2007, winning team silver. In 2013, she played for the Tianjin team in the Chinese League helping her team to win gold.

<European Club Cup> Koneru’s forte in team play has undoubtedly been in the European Women’s Club Cup where she played top board for her Monte Carlo club, apart from 2012 when she played 2nd board. She participated in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, winning 5 team and 5 individual gold medals during this period, scoring the double on 4 occasions. She also won individual bronze in 2008 and team silver in 2009. (5)


She won the Vizag Challenger Trophy in 2007 when she beat Deepan Chakkravarthy J by 5.5-2.5.


Koneru has been one of the top women players in the world since the 1990s. Her highest ranking was #2 behind Polgár on a number of occasions, although she has taken third place to Yifan Hou since 2013. Her highest rating to date is 2623 in July 2009 when she was ranked the #2 woman in the world. She was the top rated Junior female in the world from the late 1990s until the end of 2007, after which she exited the ranks of Junior players.


She is the elder sister of Chandra Hawsa Koneru.

Sources and references:

- Wikipedia article: Koneru Humpy; - Live rating:; - (1); (2) http://www.guwahatichessassociation...; (3):; (4) and Sundar’s reply: ; Koneru’s response: CPAI:; (5)

Last updated: 2021-03-31 10:08:41

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,150  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koneru vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½211997Wch U10 GirlsA06 Reti Opening
2. T Kosintseva vs Koneru  1-0361998Wch U12 GirlsE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
3. N Dzagnidze vs Koneru  0-1751998Wch U12 GirlsA16 English
4. Koneru vs M Sebag  1-0271998Wch U12 GirlsA26 English
5. Koneru vs Sasikiran ½-½511999Goodricke OpenA06 Reti Opening
6. Koneru vs M J Turner  0-1481999British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
7. H Richards vs Koneru  1-0601999British ChampionshipB07 Pirc
8. Koneru vs E Player 1-0641999British ChampionshipA14 English
9. P McMahon vs Koneru 0-1351999British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
10. D A Farndon vs Koneru  ½-½641999British ChampionshipA15 English
11. Koneru vs C Waters 0-1191999British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
12. Koneru vs N Berry 1-0281999British ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
13. S Knott vs Koneru  1-0601999British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
14. J Gilbert vs Koneru  0-1551999Wch U12 GirlsE20 Nimzo-Indian
15. N Dzagnidze vs Koneru  1-0401999Wch U12 GirlsA04 Reti Opening
16. B Munguntuul vs Koneru  ½-½401999Wch U12 GirlsB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
17. Koneru vs D Sharma  ½-½262000Goodricke OpenA22 English
18. P Mithrakanth vs Koneru  0-1342000Goodricke OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. Koneru vs P Konguvel  1-0262000Goodricke OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. Koneru vs S Satyapragyan  1-0762000Goodricke OpenD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
21. Kaidanov vs Koneru  1-0382000Goodricke OpenA14 English
22. Koneru vs B Lalic  0-1382000Goodricke OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. T S Ravi vs Koneru  1-0632000Goodricke OpenB07 Pirc
24. Shankar Roy vs Koneru  1-0362000Goodricke OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Koneru vs A B Vaidya  1-0352000Goodricke OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Jul-08-15  fgh: The ChessBase article is back:

Jul-08-15  epistle: She did a Weso. tigas din ulo a
Jul-08-15  fgh: And it goes on:

Oct-14-15  choosea: ".. performance anxiety ... due to ... marriage" ?

> M Muzychuk vs Koneru, 2015

"Why women let themselves go after marriage" ?

Mar-31-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Koneru Humpy.
Jul-06-16  posoo: Now we have players on DIS thred openly comenting on whether they would have SEXUAL RELATIONS with da players?

Da old posoo wold NOT have sex with TOPALOV but i dont see da need to BRODCAST it all over da world!

somthing must be DON about all dis OBJECTAFYING

Jan-29-17  ColeTrane: Whether you agree or not with what is being said they have a right to say it.
Jan-29-17  ColeTrane: ...but it's unbelievable she didn't ask for clarification on time rules. I wasn't there, yet still know that there's haters out there plotting against us so you have to watch your own back. FIDE has only they own interest in mind
Nov-02-17  radu stancu: What happened to Koneru Humpy? No games since 2016, and I found no news about a possible retirement. I was looking through the live ratings and saw that she was completely missing from there also.
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  offramp: It's good to hear from User: radu stancu after a while. But I'm afraid I can't answer your question.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: she probably started college and has put chess on hold.
Nov-27-17  radu stancu: Hey offramp. Good to see you too. :)

Thanks, HeMateMe, makes sense. I just found it curious that the #2 rated woman at that time disappeared without a trace and no one wondered what happened.

Nov-27-17  radu stancu: On Wikipedia I found that she is working at a corporation, so that might be it. Oh well...
Dec-29-17  PhilFeeley: <radu stancu: On Wikipedia I found that she is working at a corporation, so that might be it. Oh well...> But corps in India sponsor a lot of chess players. Why not her?
Jan-24-18  ahmadov: When I found that her name was not in the rating list end of 2017, I realized that her name could be excluded because of not playing for 2 years. I believe this is the rule. I hope this lady has not given up her chess career at all. I only read somewhere that she withdrew from tournament chess. In any case, her withdrawal from chess would be a big loss for the game.
Nov-02-18  Billy Vaughan: It seems Humpy's making a return to chess after her marriage and the birth of her child. I'm surprised the chess media haven't picked up on this story.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Koneru wins the Cairns Cup (2020).


This was a while ago, but I noticed she didn't play in the 2019 WWCC challengers tournament. I believe her rating was good enough.

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: (dysfunctional formatting in progress)

CHESS LIFE magazine
May 2020 cover picture

GM Humpy Koneru
2020 Cairns Cup Champion
Cairns Cup (2020)

(The small print says "US Chess President Allen Priest addresses COVID-19 and it's impact on our organization".)

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Chess Life Cover Story
May 2020, Page 37

Quote in big red letters:

"The most surprising tidbit was the revelation that Koneru has never worked with anyone besides her father."

The cover story is written by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan. It's a nicely organized article with games, standings, and a group photo of the female participants.

Mar-08-21  et1: Koneru Humpy: Chess player is BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year
How many chess players have had honours like this one ? Congratulatios.
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  Williebob: Happy Birthday GM Koneru!
Sep-30-21  Albertan: Koneru Humpy’s return to offline chess curtailed due to Covaxin restrictions:

Feb-25-22  Albertan: “India has the talent to dominate World Chess,”says mind-boggling player Koneru Humpy:

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  OhioChessFan: It's hard to believe that she turns 35 today.
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  OhioChessFan: <The 3Ps that keep chess champion Koneru Humpy ahead in life and game>

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