Grandmaster Koneru Humpy holds the
record for the youngest woman ever to become a Grandmaster, she achieved the GM
title when she was 15 years, beating Judit Polgar's previous record by 3 months!
She crossed 2600 ELO rating in October 2007 FIDE rating list, presently she is
at number two in the world for women (behind Judit Polgar), breaking the record
of 2577 set by Susan Polgar for the second highest ranked female player in Chess
In this interview with Konery Humpy, she tells us about her recent
performances, her views on Indian women's Olympiad chess team, women-only chess
events, importance of physical fitness. She also talks about the importance of
encouragement and support from family, role of parents. She considers Hou
Youifan of China as the best upcoming player who can possibly match with Judith
Polgar...We hope our readers would enjoy reading the interview with interesting snaps
and famous games of Grandmaster Koneru Humpy.
LatestChess:- Hello Humpy, We are glad
to have you on LatestChess. Congratulations for crossing 2600+ ELO rating, you
performed very well in European Team Championships and Asian indoor games as
well. You must be very happy with your performances.
Koneru Humpy:- Thank you, I'm happy with
my performance in European Club Cup. I scored 5.5 out of 6 games with a
performance rating of 2800. However, I had mixed results in Asian Indoor Games.
I知 not satisfied with my performance in rapid & classical. But, winning against
Zhu Chen in the finals and taking Gold Medal in Blitz is satisfactory.
Winning against Zhu
Chen in the finals and taking Gold in Blitz is satisfactory...
Indian team at
Doha Asian Games : Sasikiran, Humpy, Harikrishna
LatestChess:- You almost got selected in the
last years India men's chess team for Olympiad, this year if you qualify, would
you prefer to play in men's team or considering your need for the women's team,
you would play in women's team?
In case, I get a chance to play in men's team, I'd
prefer to play in men's chess only. There is no point in expecting to win a
medal in Women Olympiad unless we have players with 2500+ rating.
Its hard to
win a medal in Olympiad unless we have players with 2500+ rating...
LatestChess:- According to a study done in
London, women chess players play worse against their male counterparts. The
survey suggests that Women feel inferior when they play chess against men. We
are sure you wont agree with this survey, what are your views on this? Koneru Humpy:-
As you said, I definitely won't agree with this
survey. Number of players in women's section is insignificant when compared to
men. This number should increase, so that there will be more competition that
will enable to strengthen women's chess. As you can observe, now there are more
women players with rating around 2500. Earlier we barely had one or two players
at that rating level. I'm sure, we can find more women players at 2600 level in
can find more women players at 2600 level in future...