Indian Prodigy Divya Deshmukh Makes History, Clinches Tata Steel Chess India Rapid Title

Rozana Spokesman  | Amanat Thaper


Divya Deshmukh Defeated World Champion, Ju Wenjun of China

Divya Deshmukh

NEW-DELHI: India's prodigious 17-year-old Women's Grandmaster, Divya Deshmukh, has etched her name in the annals of chess history by claiming victory at the prestigious Tata Steel Chess India Rapid (Women) tournament, held in Kolkata. Divya's remarkable performance saw her secure the title with a total of 7 points after competing in nine grueling rounds.

In an impressive display of her chess prowess, Divya Deshmukh edged out the world champion, Ju Wenjun of China, by a narrow half-point margin. This stunning victory positions her as one of the brightest stars in the global chess arena.

Divya Deshmukh's journey to the championship was marked by consistency and strategic brilliance. In a field teeming with formidable competitors, including world-class players, she exhibited unwavering focus and adaptability.

The final standings in the tournament saw Divya Deshmukh clinch the top spot with her impressive 7-point tally, while Ju Wenjun of China settled for second place with 6.5 points. Russia's Polina Shuvalova secured the third position with 5.5 points. Notably, Divya's exceptional performance included a significant victory over Koneru Humpy, India's top-ranked female chess player, further highlighting her prowess and potential. 

Significantly, What sets Divya Deshmukh's triumph apart is the fact that this was her debut appearance in the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid (Women) tournament. Her ability to excel in such a competitive environment at such a young age bodes well for the future of Indian chess.