|Harika Dronavalli Quick Info|
|height||5 feet 7 inches|
|Date of birth||12 January 1991|
|Husband or wife||Kartik Chandra|
Harika Dronavalli is an Indian chess player, known for becoming only the second Indian after Koneru Humpy, a female grand master (Female Grand Master). In 2016, she had achieved her peak of 5 in Fide (Federation Internationale des Echeux) world ranking of women. In November of the same year, it had achieved its peak. Fide Rating of 2543. For his services to the sport, the Government of India honored him with Arjuna Award (India’s second highest sporting honour) in 2007; And this Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award) in 2019.
name at birth
Gorantla, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Harika attended Sri Venkateswara Bala KutirA private school in Guntur.
- father – Ramesh Dronavalli (Deputy Executive Engineer in the local civil institute)
- Mother – Swarna Dronavalli
- siblings Anusha Dronavalli (Older Sister)
- other – KS Ravindra aka Bobby (Brother-in-Law) (Film Director, Screenwriter). She has a niece.
5 feet 7 inches or 170 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
lover / spouse
Harika has dated –
- Kartik Chandra (2018-Present) – Harika started dating businessman Kartik Chandra in January 2018 and the couple got married in August 2018.
Caste / Ethnicity
- slim frame
- side-parted, long, straight hair
- friendly smile
- radiant face
Facts of Harika Dronavalli
- Harika first came into limelight in India when she won the National Championship at the age of 9.
- In 2001, she won 2 more ‘Silver’ medals – World Youth Chess Championship (Girls Under-12 Section) and Asian Under-12 Girls Chess Championship, In 2002, she won ‘Bronze’ and ‘Gold’ medals respectively in those 2 tournaments. Later that year, she won the ‘gold’ medal. Asian Under-18 Girls Chess Championship,
- She became the youngest at the age of 12 vim (Women’s International Master) in Asia. In 2004, at the age of 13, she became the youngest female grand master (Female Grand Master) in India. Later that year, she won her first youth world title and repeated that feat in 2006.
- Feather Commonwealth Women’s ChampionshipShe won the ‘gold’ medal in 2006, 2007 and 2010. In 2007, she won individual ‘gold’ and ‘bronze’ medals in the intense and classical events respectively. Asian Indoor Games, He also won the ‘Gold’ medal in 2007 Asian Regional Women’s Chess Championship,
- In 2008, she became the fourth Indian player after Viswanathan Anand (1987), Koneru Humpy (2001) and Pentala Harikrishna (2004). World Junior Chess Championship,
- In 2010, she finished 16th with the ‘Bronze’ medal. asian games In individual fast competition. She also reached the quarter-final stage of 2011 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipA 62-player knockout tournament.
- Later that year, she won the ‘gold’ medal. Asian Women’s Chess Championship and ‘Silver’ medal in Commonwealth Women’s Chess Championship, In 2012, she won the ‘Bronze’ medal Women’s World Chess Championship simultaneously Asian Women’s Team Chess Championship,
- In 2015, she won Fide World Online Women’s Blitz Championship for the first time. All players ranked second to fourth had a rating higher than Harika (2492) at that time.
- Feather Women’s World Chess Championship 2015 In the knockout tournament, she reached the semi-final stage. in 2016 Asian Women’s Team Chess ChampionshipHe won ‘Gold’ in Rapid (Individual) event and ‘Silver’ in Classical (Individual) event.
- He won the ‘Bronze’ medal for the third time Women’s World Championship She also reached the semi-finals in 2017. Chess.com2019 Women’s Speed Chess Championship,
- In 2020, she was an integral member of the Indian team that shared the ‘gold’ medal with Russia FIDE Online Olympiad, The teams had to share the title after the final match was cut short due to a major internet disruption.
Featured image by Harika Dronavalli / Instagram