Vaishali Rameshbabu, 22, has emerged as the third female grandmaster. In a contest with even greater significance, Vaishali defeated FM Tamer Selbes on December 1, 2023. With a current membership of 84, the victory moved Vaishali’s rating points to over 2500, allowing her to join the prestigious Indian Grandmaster club.
By doing this, Vaishali has established herself as a grandmaster and joined a select club of Indian women who have attained this distinction. The only other members of the group are Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli, aside from Vaishali.
With this glorious victory, she has also carved out a name other than the tag of being the sister of Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa. Now the brother-sister duo has created a unique record of becoming a first-sibling duo who are grandmasters.
Who is Vaishali Rameshbabu?
Vaishali Rameshbabu is the third female Grandmaster, born on June 21, 2001, in Chennai, India. In 2012 and 2015, Vaishali took home the Under-12 and Under-14 Girls’ World Youth Chess Championship titles.
At the age of twelve, she defeated Magnus Carlsen, the eventual world chess champion, in a simulated match in 2013, while Carlsen was in Chennai, her birthplace, for the World Chess Championship.
She was ranked second in India and the world’s No. 12 girl U16 player in October of 2016 after being named a Woman International Master (WIM) in 2016. She had an Elo rating of 2300 at the time, and on December 1, 2023, with a rating point of 2500, she became the 84th Grandmaster in India.
Grandmaster Vaishali Family
Vaishali Rameshbabu belongs to a nuclear family. Her Rameshbabu works as a branch manager at TNSC Bank. Her mother, Nagalakshmi, is a homemaker. She also has a brother who is also a grandmaster and chess wizard, Praggnanandhaa.
Additionally, in 2024, Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa will make history as the first brother-sister team to compete in the Candidates Tournament. At the age of twelve, Praggnanandhaa achieved grandmaster status in 2018.
GM Vaishali Rameshbabu Ranking
Here’s the ranking of Grandmaster Vaishali Rameshbabu at different stages:
|World Rank (Active)
|World Rank (Women)
GM Vaishali Rameshbabu FAQs
A. GM Vaishnavi Rameshbabu’s FIDE rating is 2500.
A. GM Vaishali’s current world ranking is 672.
A. Vaishali Rameshbabu is 22 years old.
A. Vaishali Rameshbabu is a sister of GM Praggnanandhaa.