Chess: Divya Deshmukh begins 2020 as India's No. 1 in U16 girls

NAGPUR: teenager Chess Queen Divya Deshmukh He started 2020 as the country's main teacher. Upon graduating from the group of children under 16 last month, the 14-year-old girl was ranked number 1 in India in the category of under-16 girls in the ranking list published by the World Chess Federation ( FIDE ) on Wednesday.

In April of last year, Divya took the first position in the world by becoming number 1 in the under-14 age category and maintained its number one position in the same age group for the next seven months. She turned 14 in December last month.

With 2,322 international qualification points on her kitten, Divya became U-16 No. 1 in India and ranks fifth in the world. It is also India number 1 in the U-18 girl group and the second among the U-20 players in the country.

From 2,432 Elo in April 2019 to 2322 on the January ranking list, he has lost up to 110 Elo points . However, losing a handful of qualifying points cost Divya dearly, as she lost India's No. 3 position, behind the recently crowned Rapid Chess World Champion Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli. In the open group of Indian female players, Divya has fallen to 11th place.

Mrudul Dehankar of the city also jumped two places and is now India No. 3 in the U-16 girl group behind Divya and Rakshitta Ravi of Tamil Nadu.

The only Grand Master in the city, Raunak Sadhwani, also placed in the U-16 category after turning 14 last month, is India No. 4 in the U-16 group. With an Elo of 2522, Raunak is behind the best junior players in India, Nihal Sarin, Praggnanandhaa R and Gukesh D on the ranking list.

Similarly, Vidarbha's third International Master (MI), Sankalp Gupta, won a handful of qualification points to bring his account to 2,400 Elo. Now he is in position 17 in the country.