Golden Girl Tejaswini G becomes the latest Woman International Master of India
15-year-old Tejaswini G can be called currently the Golden Girl of Indian chess. Why? Because she became champion at National Sub-Junior Under-15 Girls 2022, Western Asian Youth Under-16 Girls 2023 and Asian Junior 2023 Girls in just over nine months. The Gold at Western Asian earned her the first WIM-norm. However, the Gold at Asian Junior made her India's latest Woman International Master by virtue of a direct title rule. She also crossed the rating criteria for direct title rule of 2000 in the live ratings. India got its last WIM few months ago in the form of Nimmy A George. She is also Kerala's first WIM. Photo: Himank Ghosh
Gold in National Sub-Junior, Western Asian Youth and Asian Junior in just over nine months
Since December 2022, Tejaswini G has won three major events - 47th National Sub-Junior Girls 2022, Western Asian Youth Under-16 Girls 2023 and now Asian Junior 2023 Girls. Her performances catapulted her towards the WIM title in a hurry.
First WIM norm: Western Asian Youth 2023
Tejaswini scored her first WIM-norm at Western Asian Youth Under-16 Girls in July 2023. She scored 7.5/11 to secure the Gold medal. As per the tournament regulations, she earned her maiden WIM-norm for winning the Gold in her category.
Direct Title: Asian Junior 2023 Girls
Unlike most of the players, Tejaswini did not have to earn the remaining norms. She fulfilled the criteria differently by winning Gold at Asian Junior (Under-20) Girls 2023. As per the tournament regulations, the winner of the tournament in the Girls section gets the direct title once she meets the criteria of reaching 2000 Elo rating. Tejaswini crossed 2000 in the live ratings at the very same event. She defeated WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ), drew against WIM Saina Salonika, WIM Nazerke Nurgali and WIM Mounika Akshaya.
Mrittika - Tejaswini, Round 7
Tejaswini mentioned in the interview that the game against Mrittika is her favorite from the event. 17...Nd3! she sacrificed a pawn to get rid of White's light-squared bishop. 18.Bxd3 cxd3 19.Qxd3 Nc5 20.Qc2 Qd7 21.Rad1 f5 Black launched a nice attack and went on to win the game with ease according to her.
Tejaswini's Best Achievements
Tejaswini G has won a lot of accolades in her chess career so far. Here are the best ones:
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