Chess is not a game of chance. Chess requires a very high level of concentration and this young lady from the tender age of 9 took to playing this game. Her father was the source of inspiration who always motivated her to become what she is today. Without a proper coach and mentor she was able to make India proud by winning the Grandmaster title.

While chess was seems to be a male centric game, few women dared to change the trend to play it and win it. And she was one of them to win many gold, silver and bronze medals and achieve many titles in state, national and international events. She is Padmini Rout, who holds many titles in the game of Chess. Besides winning the title of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM), she is a four-time National Women’s Premier title holder consecutively from 2014-2017 and was the Asian women’s champion of 2018. She also won the 2015 Commonwealth Women’s Championship and also played for the Indian Women’s Olympic team on multiple occasions. She continued her winning streak since she started playing for
the Indian U-13 championship.

Born in Barambagarh, near Cuttack, Padmini Rout is a commerce graduate from BJB College, Bhubaneswar who looks up to Viswanathan Anand and Mikhail Tal as her inspiration in the world of Chess.

Odisha is proud to have such a brilliant talent and VARINDIA takes the opportunity to honour her as the Crown Jewels of Odisha.

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