Humpy Koneru is an Indian chess grandmaster and current Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion. As a pioneer in women’s chess, she has followed in the path of Judit Polgár to numerous records. Koneru became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of grandmaster at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Polgár's previous mark by three months (a record eventually broken and still held by Yifan Hou). She went on to become the second female player, after Polgár, to cross the 2600 Elo rating mark in October of 2007. She currently stands at 2580 and is one of the top 20 players in India. This is her first time competing in the Cairns Cup as well as her first time playing at the Saint Louis Chess Club.