Here is all you need to know about Indian chess player Vaishali Rameshbabu along with her age, rating and education as she caused a stir online following her Qatar Masters heroics
Just two of the 82 Grandmasters now in the country are female; no new female Grandmasters have been produced in India since 2011.
Who is chess player Vaishali Rameshbabu, biography, age, parents, education, FIDE rating, IQ, net worth
Vaishali lost her final-round match against the great GM Gregory Kaidanov, but her exceptional play throughout the tournament ensured her place as the top women’s player at the prestigious event. The youngster obtained her last Grandmaster (GM) norm, her third.
Who is Vaishali Rameshbabu?
Vaishali Rameshbabu is a chess player from India who was born in Chennai on June 1, 2001. She is the elder sister of Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa however, she has her own identity. Her career records and achievements so far have made a place for herself.
🚨 BREAKING: 🇮🇳 IM Vaishali Rameshbabu secured her final grandmaster norm at the 2023 Qatar Masters event! 👏 @QatarChess @chessvaishali has fulfilled all the prerequisites for the norm and is about 30 points away from becoming India's next GM!
Congrats Vaishali and team! 👏 pic.twitter.com/zgVm7SIB43
— Chess.com – India (@chesscom_in) October 20, 2023
A look at Vaishali Rameshbabu’s career
For the first time ever, India took home a medal from the competition when Vaishali was a member of the Indian team that won the gold medal in the 2020 Online Olympiad. She also obtained the title of International Master (IM) in 2021. A year later, in 2022, Vaishali achieved a second Grandmaster norm by winning the 8th Fischer Memorial event.
With an Elo rating of 2431, Vaishali received her first GM norm in 2019 and her second in May 2022. She took home the Under-12 and Under-14 Girls’ World Youth Chess Championship titles in 2012 and 2015, respectively. After completing her last norm at a tournament in Riga, Latvia, in 2018, she was granted the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM), having previously been awarded Woman International Master (WIM) in 2016.
With a 5/9 and 2609 performance rating at the end of the Qatar Masters Open 2023, Vaishali achieved her final GM norm.
Who are Vaishali Rameshbabu’s parents and siblings?
22 year Vaishali Rameshbabu’s father is Rameshbabu who works at a bank and her mother Nagalakshmi is a homemaker. She has a famous brother who is well-known in the chess world, and he is the one and only R Praggnanandhaa.
The emerging talent received consistent support from her educational institutions, including Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School and MOP Vaishnav Institute and her accomplishments in sports led to an early offer of admission to the Bachelor of Commerce program at MOP Vaishnav Institute, even before she received her 12th Standard results. Her IQ isn’t know however.
Currently boasting a live rating of 2467.7, she stands 32.3 Elo points away from becoming India’s third female Grandmaster, following in the footsteps of Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli.
What is Vaishali Rameshbabu’s net worth?
Vaishali Rameshbabu’s net worth has not been disclosed.