Top 20 Girls October 2007

FIDE Tournaments

Humpy KoneruHou YifanHarika DronavalliAnna MuzychukKateryna Lahno


  • Humpy Koneru is a chess Grandmaster from India. Her October 2007 FIDE Elo rating is 2606, placing her at #2 in the world for women (behind Judit Polgar), breaking the record of 2577 set by Susan Polgar for the second-highest ranked female player in Chess history and becoming the the 2nd female player ever, after Judit Polgar, to cross the 2600 points. She holds the record for the youngest woman ever to become a Grandmaster (not merely a Woman Grandmaster), which she achieved in 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgar’s previous record by 3 months.
  • Hou Yifan is a Chinese Woman Grandmaster. She is currently China’s youngest ever Women’s National Champion. Her early tournament successes came in the form of first place in the girls’ under 10 section of the World Youth Championships in 2003 and third place (tied for first) in the boys’ under 10 section in 2004.
    Rated 2502 in the October 2007 FIDE rating list, Hou is ranked the eighth highest rated female player in the world.
  • Harika Dronavalli is an International Master from India, for a while she was the youngest Woman Grandmaster in Asia. In a recent interview Harika said: “It does bother me when I win something big and no one seems to be interested, but I feel that there are other sports which are worse off in terms of attention”.
  • Anna Muzychuk is a prominent Ukrainian chess player. She is a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) with FIDE rating 2469 (October 2007). In 2004 she became a citizen of Slovenia, and is the strongest Slovenian female chess player. In the category of girls up to 20 years old she is ranked 4th in the world and she’s the 16th strongest female player (October 2007). Muzychuk played first board for the Slovenian team in 36th Chess Olympiad. Beside others, she has defeated the Women’s World Chess Champion grandmaster Antoaneta Stefanova.
  • Kateryna Lahno is a Ukrainian chess player. She earned the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) at the age of 12 years and 4 months, breaking Judit Polgar’s record to become the youngest ever to earn this title. She is now a full Grandmaster (GM). Although Lahno, unlike Polgar, competes for women’s titles, both have stated that their true goal is to be simply World Champion.

Congratulations to all these talented players who are breaking grounds for girls in chess!


Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2606 27 1987
2 Hou, Yifan wg CHN 2502 19 1994
3 Harika, Dronavalli m IND 2480 28 1991
4 Muzychuk, Anna wg SLO 2469 19 1990
5 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2459 9 1989
6 Ruan, Lufei CHN 2453 19 1987
7 Shen, Yang wg CHN 2450 21 1989
8 Dzagnidze, Nana m GEO 2416 27 1987
9 Charochkina, Daria wm RUS 2403 9 1990
10 Tairova, Elena m RUS 2391 19 1991
11 Mongontuul, Bathuyag wg MGL 2389 9 1987
12 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2371 20 1987
13 Melia, Salome wg GEO 2364 27 1987
14 Gunina, Valentina wf RUS 2359 35 1989
15 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca wg ROU 2359 32 1989
16 Muzychuk, Mariya wm UKR 2357 19 1992
17 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2354 18 1991
18 Nebolsina, Vera wm RUS 2349 18 1989
19 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2346 19 1987
20 Vasilkova, Svetlana wm RUS 2343 28 1988
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