Indias Harika Dronavalli defeated World No. 1 Hou Yifan to be at joint fourth position in the Isle of Man international chess tournament here. Harika was at her best as she manoeuvred past a determined Yifan to pull off her fourth win in the championship.
The captivating 45-move game slowly started devolving the Indian Grand Master’s way and she held on to her nerve for her first ever victory over the Chinese star. Indian grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand was quick to congratulate Harika for her morale-boosting win.
She (born 12 January 1991) is an Indian chess grandmaster. She gradually came to prominence winning the World Youth Chess Championship in the Girls’ Under-14 and Under-18 categories. In 2011 she won the Asian Individual Women Chess Championship. Her personal coach is N.V.S. Raju. Harika earned the Grandmaster title in July 2011. Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar and Viswanathan Anand are her chess heroes. She was a student of Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer, Guntur, A.P.