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Divya Deshmukh Biography, Age, Height, Family, Chess Records & Facts

Divya Deshmukh Biography – The young and talented Gem of the Indian chess!

Family Background of Divya Deshmukh:

Divya Deshmukh is an Indian chess player born on December 09, 2005, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Her father, Dr. Jitendra Deshmukh, is a Govt. Professor and head in the Govt. Medical College in Gondia city.


Divya Deshmukh’s parents

Her mother, Dr. Namrata Deshmukh, is a Gynaecologist.


Divya Deshmukh with her sister.

She has an elder sister named Arya Deshmukh who is a law student studying at Jindal Global Law School, Haryana.

Early Life:

Divya Deshmukh started playing chess from the age of five. And very soon, her parents realized that she can perform well in this field. Also, Chess just didn’t happen to her randomly, as it was her father who used to play chess.

Then, she also started playing it with her father and then only developed her interest in the game.


She is currently a school student, studying at Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Nagpur.


Divya Deshmukh Biography:

Divya Deshmukh's Profile:
Personal Life:
Full NameDivya Deshmukh
Nickname Not known
Date of BirthDecember 09, 2005
Age14 years (in 2020)
Zodiac/Sun SignSagittarius
Birth PlaceNagpur, Maharashra, Inida
SchoolBhavan's Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir, Nagpur.
Physical Stats:
HeightNot known
WeightNot known
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Family & Relationships:
Jitendra Deshmukh
MotherNamrata Deshmukh
Siblings1 Sister (Arya Deshmukh)
CoachGM RB Ramesh
ProfessionChess Player
TitleWGM and IM

Chess Career of Divya Deshmukh:

As soon she started playing tournaments she started winning trophies and medals. In 2012, she became the national champion in the Under-7 Girls category. Also, she won 2 gold medals in the Under-9 Girls category in the 2012 Asian School Chess Champion tournament in New Delhi.

In 2013, she won 2 gold medals at the Asian Youth Chess Championship in the Under-8 Girls category. The same year, she again became the National Chess Champion in the under-9 category.


The next year, Divya won gold at World Championship in the under-10 Girls category. She also won gold at the Asian Youth tournament in the same year and under the same category. Also, in the same year, she won gold in the under-14 category at the 60th National School Games organized by the School Games Federation of India.

Later, she won 2 gold medals at the 2015 Asian Chess Championship in South Korea. The same year, she won a gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Chess Championship. Also, she won a Bronze at the World Youth chess tournament in 2015.


In 2016, she again won 2 gold and a silver medal also at the Asian Youth Championship in Mongolia. Deshmukh also won the 2016 national championship (Under-11 Girls category) and a gold medal at the National School Games.

Later, she won gold at the 2017 World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil. The same year, she won a gold in Blitz, a silver in Rapid, and a bronze in Standard mode.


Then, Divya Deshmukh earned the Woman International Master title in 2018 at the age of 12.  The same year, she won a bronze at the World Youth Chess Championship alongside Sanskriti Goyal.


Later, in April 2019, Divya became India no. 3 female chess player at the age of 13.

Gold at Olympiad –

She is also a part of the 2020 joint Olympiad winning Indian Chess team. Her victory, alongside Praggnanandhaa, against China helps India to enter the Quarter-finals of the tournament.


Divya with Praggnanandhaa

She played 5 games in the tournament out of which she won 2 games, lost 2 games (1 game due to the internet disconnection), and 1 game wasn’t completed because of the global server outage, in fact, she was completely in a winning position in that game.

All in all, against Russia, in the final, Divya and Nihal Sarin lost their internet connection due to some server problems which eventually results in the joint victory of India and Russia.  It’s India’s first-ever gold at the chess Olympiad.

Facts about Divya Deshmukh: 

  • At the age of four, she wanted to join a Badminton Academy but couldn’t play because her height was a little less than the par.
  • She is currently on the 29th position in the Top 100 girls as per FIDE ratings.
  • In 2018, she beats a Grand Master (GM Hoa Nguyen) for the first time in her career at the age of 12 only.
  • She is one of the top 10 Indian female Blitz chess players.
  • Divya has two Woman Grand Master and 1 International Master norm so far.

Frequently asked questions on Google:

Q1: What is the height of Divya Deshmukh?


Ans: Not known

Q2: What is the age of Divya Deshmukh?

Ans:  14 years (in 2020)

Q3: Who is the father of Divya Deshmukh?

Ans: Dr. Jitendra Deshmukh

Q4: Where is the hometown of Divya Deshmukh?

Ans: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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