On the path to super-grandmasterdom: India's Koneru Humpy

7/15/2007 – At 20 Koneru Humpy is the second-highest ranked female player (after Judit Polgar) in the FIDE rating lists. In 2002 she set a world record by becoming the youngest-ever woman to earn the men's GM title, at the age of 15 years, 1 month and 27 days. Now she has won the Kaupthing GM Open, which pushes her rating to 2600. Will she be the second female Super-GM in history?

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Koneru Humpy wins Kaupthing GM Open

Report by Vijay Kumar

Differdange, a sleepy township south west of Luxembourg, known as the city of Steel, organized its first ever International Chess meet to mark 100 years of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s third largest Township and 75 years of Chess Club Le Cavalier.

Altogether 177 chess players from all over the world graced the championship, played as an Open Meet. A number of Grandmasters like Koneru Humpy, Antoaneta Stefanova, Vadim Malakatko, Petr Velicka, Viktor Erdos Tigran Gharamian, Kritz Leonid, Inna Goponenko and the oldest Grandmaster from Czech Republic, Vlastimil Jansa, were there to compete for the 3000 Euro first prize.


The winner of Kaupthing: Indian GM Koneru Humpy


Equal first, second on tiebreak: GM Hannes Stefansson

At the end of the eighth round there were six players who staked their claim for the Trophy. After a strong battle Koneru Humpy was able to beat Sebastia Siebrecht in the final round, played on Saturday, and lift the coveted trophy.

Final standings (6.0/9 or higher)

No. Player Rtng Pts TB1 TB2
1. Koneru,Humpy 2572 7.0 36.5 49.5
2. Stefansson,Hannes 2568 7.0 33.0 46.5
3. Erdos,Viktor 2523 6.5 36.0 50.5
4. Gharamian,Tigran 2517 6.5 35.0 51.0
5. Kritz,Leonid 2571 6.5 33.0 50.5
6. Steingrimsson,Hed 2470 6.5 32.5 44.0
7. Feller,Sebastien 2478 6.5 32.0 45.5
8. Velicka,Petr 2507 6.0 35.0 53.5
9. Hoffmann,Michael 2481 6.0 33.5 47.0
10. Siebrecht,Sebasti 2431 6.0 33.0 51.5
11. Bojkov,Dejan 2520 6.0 32.0 49.0
12. Schlosser,Philipp 2562 6.0 32.0 45.5
13. Meijers,Viesturs 2483 6.0 31.5 48.5
14. Stefanova,Antoaneta 2481 6.0 30.0 43.0
15. Valuet,Bertrand 2303 6.0 28.5 39.0
16. Van Dooren,Dirk 2331 6.0 27.0 45.0


The joint winners of Kaupthing: Hannes Stefansson and Koneru Humpy

According to our tentative calculations (we don't have all the games) Humpy could be very close to breaking the 2600 barrier. That would make her the second female player in history to achieve this. Here are the current top ten women:

FIDE July 2007 rankings

Rnk  Name Title Country Rating
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2707
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2572
 3  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2533
 4  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2523
 5  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2522
 6  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2515
 7  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2502
 8  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2502
 9  Zhao, Xue  wg  CHN  2500
 10  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2496

Picture gallery


Reflections: the Old City of Differdange and the Alzette River


Luxemberg Cathederal


A new super-GM in the making: Koneru Humpy


14th: GM Antoaneta Stefanova


WGM Turkan Mamedyarova (sister of the great Shakhriyar)


WGM Anna Wagener of Luxembourg


GM Vastimil Jansa of the Czech Republic


GM Viesturs Meijers vs GM Koneru Humpy


GM Vadim Malakhatko vs IM Anthony Wirig (with the remarkable hairstyle)


Three tufts of hair to intimidate opponents: French IM Anthony Wirig


Our man in Differdange: Vijay Kumar, Indian TV producer and reporter

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