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The 'Indian Chess Queen' Padmini Rout turns 25

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/01/2019

Padmini Rout started playing chess at the age of 9 years. However she rapidly improved her game and became National under-13 and Asian under-12 champion within 3 years after she learnt the game. She was introduced to the game by her father when she was in fourth standard. Padmini won National Women's Premier title four times consecutively from 2014-2017, she won Gold in Commonwealth in 2015 and she is the only Indian woman to have won individual Gold medal in Chess Olympiad history. She is always concerned about the environment. Padmini has been awarded with Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2007 and she has also won Eklavya Award in 2009. Photo: Nongsha Angom 

"I want to become a very strong chess player and Grandmaster soon, like that's my short term goal. Long term is, I want to become as strong as I can, to see my limit. It can be anything."

A career highlights video dedicated to Padmini Rout | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Baby Padmini | Photo: Padmini's facebook

Can you take a guess which one is Padmini here? | Photo: Padmini's facebook

Find out where is Padmini | Photo: Padmini's facebook

Padmini won both National under-13 girls and Asian under-12 girls in 2005 and 2006 respectively | Photo: Padmini's facebook

She has won both Asian under-14 girls and World Youth under-14 in 2008 | Photo: orisports.com

Padmini won Eklavya Award in 2009 | Photo: orisports.com

Padmini won Gold in Asian Junior (under-20) girls in 2009 | Photo: Nongsha Angom

She won Gold in National Junior girls, Bronze in Asian and World Junior girls in 2010 | Photo: David Llada

Padmini became the only female player to have ever won Chess for Youth in Kolkata 2013 | Photo: DBCA

Gold in Blitz, Silver in both Rapid and Classical in Asian Nations Cup 2014 for Team India | Photo: Padmini's facebook

She won Chess for Girls Asia in Vietnam in 2014 | Photo: Susan Polgar

Padmini won individual Gold medal in Tromso Olympiad 2014 | Photo: David Llada

Gold medal winner in Commonwealth Women's 2015 | Photo: Padmini's facebook

Padmini won National Women's Premier for four consecutive years (2014-2017) | Photo: ChessBase India archives

Bronze in Asian Continental Women's 2017 in Blitz | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Bronze in Asian Indoor Games 2017 in Rapid for Team India | Photo: Vishal Sareen

Gold in Blitz, Silver in Rapid and Bronze in Classic format for Indian Women's Team in Asian Nations Cup 2018

Padmini won Gold in Asian Continental Women's 2018 | Photo: Padmini's instagram

Vishy Anand observes Padmini's game | Photo: John Saunders

Achievements of Padmini Rout:

- Won her first National under-11 girls in 2005 at Nagpur and also won National under-13 girls in Kolkata.

- Individual Gold medal for reserve board in Women's in Tromso Olympiad 2014

- Gold medal in Asian Continental Women 2018

- Four-times consecutive National Women's Premier Champion (2014-2017)

- Gold in Blitz, Silver in both Rapid and Classical format in Asian Nations Cup 2014 for Team India

- Gold in Blitz, Silver in Rapid and Bronze in Classical format in Asian Nations Cup 2018 for Team India

- Gold in Asian under-12 girls and under-14 girls in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

- Gold in Asian Junior (under-20) girls in 2009 and Bronze in 2010.

- Gold in Commonwealth Women's in 2015.

- Gold in World Youth under-14 in 2008.

- Bronze in World Junior 2010.

- Bronze in Asian Continental Women's Blitz in 2017.

- Bronze in Asian Indoor Games in Rapid for Team India in 2017.

- Won National Junior girls in 2010.

- Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2007.

- Winner of Eklavya Award in 2009.

 

For more videos of Padmini, check the playlist here

 

Some attacking games of Padmini Rout:

Padmini is a very strong attacking player. Here are some of the best game of hers:

Her biggest win was against former World number 13, GM Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine