Koneru Humpy Wins Asian U-12 Boys At Ahmedabad
IWM Koneru Humpy from Vijayawada, India  won the Asian U-12 Boys Championship at Ahmedabad on Friday December 24. Humpy, born at Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh becomes the first girl after Judit Polgar in 1989 to win a Boys event.

Born on March 31, 1987, Humpy was the top seed. She suffered one defeat on course to title triumph. She is a former world U-10 girls champion (1997) and a former world U-12 girls champion  (1998). She decided to play in the Boys event and emulate Judit  Polgar. Humpy is trained by her chessplayer father Koneru Ashok and is sponsored by Bank of Baroda. This was Humpy's fourth international event and third title. She was second in the world age-group championship at Oropesa del Mar last month. She became Asia's youngest IWM earlier this year. Her three norms came from the Goodricke Open, Calcutta, the Commonwealth Championship at Bikaner and the National Women `A' at Kozhikode all this year. Count on her for more titles and a woman grandmaster title soon. Humpy learnt chess in 1993 and uses Chess Base, Fritz.

Koneru Humpy
The above picture was taken at Oropesa del Mar in 1998 when she won the World Girls U-12
Championship. Her ambition is to win the world absolute title. She is on course. Her victories has made the youth chess festival a show-case of India's chess achievements.

The winners: Boys (U-10): Abhijit Gupta (Ind), Boys U-12: Koneru Humpy (Ind), Boys (U-14): P.Harikrishna, M.R.Venkatesh (Ind) 7 each. Girls (U-10): Mary Ann Gomes (Ind), Girls (U-12) Atousha Pour (Ira), Eesha Karvade (Ind) 6.5 each, Girls (U-14): Giong Nguyen Thu (Vie).

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