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World No. 1 in U-14
Orange City’s little chess queen Divya Deshmukh touched a new high in 2019. The 13-year-old is now world no.1in the under-14 girls’ section. She becomes the second Indian after Koneru Humpy to hold the rank.
Divya’s 2432 Elo rating also makes her No. 5 in the junior (U-20) category. She is the only Indian in the top 10 of this list. The achievement places her at No. 3 among Indian women. Ahead of her are the more experienced 31-year-old Humpy (2549 Elo) and 28-year-old Harika Dronavalli (2492 Elo).
“I had not expected both to happen so fast. I just hope I can maintain the rating and also go on to become No.1 as soon as possible. This isn’t the limit for me,” Divya told TOI.
Divya’s rise in the rating is very fast and she has done “pretty well in the last three months”, according to Humpy.. “After me, I think Divya is the only women player to have achieved this feat,” she said.
A two-time world cadet chess champion, Divya became city’s first Women International Master (WIM) in 2018 and started the year with an Elo of 2168. In three months, she garnered 264 international rating points.
Following her maiden triumph in the open women category at the AICF International Round Robin tournament, Divya scored her first IM norm too. At the Aeroflot Open 2019, she missed the IM norm but cleared her second WGM norm and also touched a live rating of 2,400.