Source: Me Next Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (24-June-2018)

Soumya Swaminathan: An Indian chess star

Soumya Swaminathan (born 21 March 1989) is a chess player holding the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) from India. She won the World Junior Girls’ Championship 2009 held in Puerto Madryn, Argentina edging out on tiebreak score Deysi Cori and Betul Cemre Yildiz.

Soumya Swaminathan was also the Indian junior girls’ champion in 2005 and 2006. In January 2011, she won the 2011 Indian women’s championship with a score of 8½/11. She became the Commonwealth women’s champion in 2012 in Chennai. In 2016, she tied for the first place in the women’s section of the Moscow Open with Anastasia Bodnaruk and Alexandra Obolentseva, finishing second on tiebreak. She opted herself out of the Asian Team Chess Championship, to be held in Hamadan, Iran, from July 26 to August 4, 2018, characterizing Iran’s compulsory headscarf rule as a violation of her personal rights.

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