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.
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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