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Divya Deshmukh becomes the 22nd Woman Grandmaster of India

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/10/2021

Divya Deshmukh scored her final WGM-norm in her first tournament in over 17 months at First Saturday GM October 2021. She scored 5.0/9, performed at 2452 to become India's latest Woman Grandmaster. She also scored her second IM-norm in the process. The first two WGM-norms and an IM-norm were scored by February 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic delayed her an opportunity to play over-the-board tournaments. However, that did not deter her from practicing and getting ready for opportunities. Last year, she won Gold for the Indian team at FIDE Online Olympiad 2020. She is now just her final IM-norm away from becoming India's latest International Master. Photo: Amruta Mokal

Final WGM and second IM-norm in her comeback tournament

Divya Deshmukh had scored two WGM-norms, an IM-norm and already fulfilled the 2300 rating criteria. However, she had not played any over-the-board tournament since February 2020. She won the Gold medal for the Indian team in the first ever FIDE Online Olympiad last year. Last month, Divya won Gold in Western Asia Youth Online in Under-16 Girls category.

Divya Deshmukh becomes the latest WGM of India | Photo: Amruta Mokal

First WGM and IM-norm

Divya scored her first WGM and IM-norm at Velammal-AICF International WGM Round Robin. She scored 8.0/11 to win the tournament, including wins over IM Julia Osmak (UKR), WGMs Uurtsaikh Uuriintuya (MGL) and WGM Olga Babiy (UKR). She also drew with IM Guliskhan Nakhbayeva (KAZ).

Julia - Divya, Velammal-AICF RR 2019

Position after 30.Rxh7

30.Rxh7 is a huge mistake. Find out the winning continuation for Black.

Divya scored 8.0/11, performed at 2410 and gained 138.8 rating points en route her maiden WGM and IM-norm

Velammal - AICF WGM RR winner - Divya Deshmukh | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Second WGM norm

The second WGM-norm was scored in the super strong Aeroflot Open 2019. Despite starting as the third last seed, she scored an impressive 4.5/9, missed IM-norm by a whisker and scored her second WGM-norm.

Divya - Marina, Aeroflot Open B 2019

Position after 21...Rb8

21...Rb8 traps Black's queen after 22.Bb5+ axb5 23.Rd4 and White is completely winning. Check out the analysis done by Divya in 2019 after the conclusion of the tournament.

Divya scored 4.5/9, performed at 2405 and gained 119.6 Elo rating points at Aeroflot Open 2019 B

Third WGM and second IM-norm

Divya scored her final WGM and second IM-norm at First Saturday GM October 2021. She defeated GM Misa Pap (SRB) and IM Rathanvel VS, drew with GM Lajos Seres (HUN), performed at 2452 to become India's 22nd WGM.

Divya - Misa Pap, First Saturday GM October 2021

Position after 43...cxb4

Black king is at the center of the board and very much unsafe. Try to find out how White can lay the mating net and checkmate the king at the center of the board.

Divya at First Satuday GM October 2021 | Photo: IO Nagy Laszlo

Divya scored her final WGM and second IM-norm at First Saturday GM October 2021

Vishy Anand congratulated Divya for becoming India's latest WGM

Replay Divya's games

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtg TB1  TB2  TB3 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
GMBerczes DavidHUN24446,50,0496,55,131,371013,7
IMRathanvel V SIND24776,00,04965,580,42104,2
FMSiddharth JagadeeshSGP23365,50,0395,53,651,851018,5
IMVypkhaniuk IhorUKR24245,01,03954,850,15101,5
WIMDivya DeshmukhIND23055,00,03953,231,771017,7
Ajay Krishna SIND23684,50,5394,54,080,42208,4
GMSeres LajosHUN24094,50,5194,54,65-0,1510-1,5
GMPap MisaSRB23973,01,02934,47-1,4710-14,7
FMSrihari L RIND24143,00,01934,72-1,7210-17,2
FMPapp LeventeHUN24082,00,00924,64-2,6410-26,4