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Koneru Humpy, Indian Chess Player and former World Champion at her Residence in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India (for the Youth Special) : News Photo
Humpy Koneru is the youngest ever female Grandmaster in chess

A 15-year-old Humpy Koneru made the headlines in 2002 when she became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster in chess. She won three gold medals at the World Youth Chess Championship.

The origin of her name has an interesting story, it was derived from the word ‘champion’, however, owing to Russia’s dominance in chess back then, her father later changed the spelling to Humpy to have a more Russian-sounding name.

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