S. Vijayalakshmi

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S. Vijayalakshmi, 2018 in Karlsruhe
Association IndiaIndia India
Born March 25, 1979
New Delhi , India
title International Master of Women (1995)
Grand Master of Women (2001)
International Master (2000)
Current  Elo rating 2332 (March 2020)
Best Elo rating 2485 (October 2005)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

S. Vijayalakshmi ( Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman ; born March 25, 1979 in New Delhi ) is an Indian chess master .


Growing up in Madras , today's Chennai, "Viji" learned to play chess at the age of four from her father Subbaraman. She is married to the Indian grandmaster Sriram Jha (* 1976), with whom she travels several months a year to play chess tournaments in Asia, Europe and the United States. Her sisters S. Meenakshi (* 1981, WGM) and S. Bhanupriya (the youngest) also play chess. Meenakshi sometimes accompanies them on their chess tours.


Their first tournament was the Tal Chess Open in 1986 . In 1988 she won the Indian U10 championship, which she was able to repeat the following year. She was also able to win the U12 title twice.

In 1995 she reached 2nd place in the women's zone tournament in Madras. She won the Asian women's zone tournament in Tehran in 1997 , as well as the women's zone tournament in Mumbai in 1999 . She became the Women's Commonwealth Champion in 1996 in Calcutta , now Kolkata. She won the Indian women's championship six times: 1995 in Madras, 1996 in Calcutta, 1999 in Kozhikode , 2000 in Mumbai, 2001 in New Delhi and 2002 in Lucknow . In 2007 she won the Leonardo di Bona Memorial in Cutro near Crotone .

In 1995 she became the International Women's Champion (WIM). She has been the Women's Grand Master (WGM) since 2001, making her the first Indian woman to be awarded this title. She met the standards in 1996 at the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Kolkata, 1998 in Linares , 2000 at the Asian Championships in Udaipur and at the WIPRO-GM tournament in Hyderabad in July 2000. She also holds the title of International Master (IM), which she carries through received her performance at the 2000 Chess Olympiad . She is the first Indian woman to receive the IM title. Vijayalakshmi met grandmaster standards at the 2005 Paris International Championships and at the 13th Fest.Intl Leonardo di Bona in Cutro 2007.

In Germany she played at two events so far: 2006 in Nuremberg at the LGA Open and in the 2006/07 season for Brackweder SC in the NRW class (4th league).

In April 2006 she climbed to number 11 in the women's world rankings. Her highest rating to date was 2485 in October 2005.

National team

Vijayalakshmi took part with the Indian women's team in the 1998 , 2000 , 2002 and 2004 Chess Olympiads . She achieved the second best individual result on the top board in 2000 and 2002. She also reached third place with the Indian team at the Asian women's team championships in 1999 and 2003 and was a substitute for the Indian team at the 2017 women's team championship .


In the 2011 Chinese Team Championship , Vijayalakshmi played for the team from Tianjin Nankai University .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. S. Vijayalakshmi's GM standards at FIDE (English)
  2. S. Vijayalakshmi's results at the women's chess Olympiads on olimpbase.org (English)
  3. S. Vijayalakshmi's results at the Asian women's team championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  4. OlimpBase :: World Women's Team Chess Championship :: Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi. Retrieved October 28, 2018 .