|Harika Dronavalli Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||January 12, 1991|
Harika Dronavalli is an Indian chess player who is best known for becoming just the 2nd Indian, after Koneru Humpy, a WGM (Woman Grand Master). In 2016, she had achieved her peak position of 5 in the FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs) women’s world rankings. The same year, in November, she had achieved her peak FIDE rating of 2543. For her services to the sport, the Government of India had honored her with the Arjuna Award (the 2nd-highest sporting honor of India) in 2007; and the Padma Shri (India’s fourth-highest civilian award) in 2019.
Gorantla, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Harika had attended the Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer, a private school in Guntur.
- Father – Ramesh Dronavalli (Deputy Executive Engineer at a Local Civil Institution)
- Mother – Swarna Dronavalli
- Siblings – Anusha Dronavalli (Older Sister)
- Others – K. S. Ravindra aka Bobby (Brother-in-Law) (Film Director, Screenwriter). She has a niece.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Harika has dated –
- Karteek Chandra (2018-Present) – Harika had started dating businessman Karteek Chandra in January 2018 and the couple got married in August 2018.
Race / Ethnicity
- Slender frame
- Side-parted, long, straight hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Harika Dronavalli Facts
- She first came into the spotlight in India when she had won the national championship at the age of just 9.
- In 2001, she had clinched 2 more ‘Silver’ medals – at the World Youth Chess Championship (girls under-12 section) and the Asian Under-12 Girls Chess Championship. In 2002, she had won the ‘Bronze’ and ‘Gold’ medals in those 2 tournaments, respectively. Later that year, she had secured the ‘Gold’ medal at the Asian Under-18 Girls Chess Championship.
- At the age of 12, she had become the youngest WIM (Woman International Master) in Asia. In 2004, aged 13, she had become the youngest WGM (Woman Grand Master) in India. Later that year, she had won her first youth world title and had repeated that feat in 2006.
- At the Commonwealth Women’s Championship, she had won the ‘Gold’ medal in 2006, 2007, and 2010. In 2007, she had won the individual ‘Gold’ and ‘Bronze’ medals at the rapid and classical events, respectively, of the Asian Indoor Games. She had also won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2007 Asian Zonal Women Chess Championship.
- In 2008, she had become the 4th Indian player – after Viswanathan Anand (1987), Koneru Humpy (2001), and Pentala Harikrishna (2004) – to win the World Junior Chess Championship.
- In 2010, she had secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 16th Asian Games in the individual rapid competition. She had also reached the quarter-final stage of the 2011 Women’s World Chess Championship, a 62-player knockout tournament.
- Later that year, she had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the Asian Women Chess Championship and the ‘Silver’ medal at the Commonwealth Women’s Chess Championship. In 2012, she had secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the Women’s World Chess Championship as well as the Asian Women Team Chess Championship.
- In 2015, she had won the FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship for the first time. The players who had finished in 2nd through 4th place all had higher ratings than Harika (2492) at that time.
- At the Women’s World Chess Championship 2015 knockout tournament, she had reached the semi-final stage. At the 2016 Asian Women Team Chess Championship, she had won the ‘Gold’ in the rapid (individual) event and the ‘Silver’ medal in the classical (individual) event.
- She won the ‘Bronze’ medal, for the 3rd time, at the Women’s World Championship in 2017. She had also reached the semi-final stage of Chess.com’s 2019 Women’s Speed Chess Championships.
- In 2020, she was an integral member of the Indian team that had shared the ‘Gold’ medal with Russia in the FIDE Online Olympiad. The teams had to share the title after a major internet disruption had undermined the final match.
Featured Image by Harika Dronavalli / Instagram