Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian Chess player from Kerala who hails from the town of Palghat, Kerala. DSoumya is a Woman Grandmaster from India and represents our country in International chess events. Soumya Swaminathan is 29 years old and she was born on March 21, 1989.
Soumya Swaminathan Iran Burqa Controversy
Soumya Swaminathan has pulled out of the Asian Nations Cup (Chess Tournament) held in Iran (2018) due to a compulsory restriction on wearing the headscarf or a burqa. She found this a violation of her human rights, freedom and her religion and decided to recuse herself from an event for which she had prepared very hard. Soumya Swmainathan received tremendous support from fans and people across the world for her stand she took and the patriarchal rule is coming in for a lot of criticsm.
Soumya Swamintahn Praised By President of Chess Professionals Emily Sutovsky
Emily Sutovsky has issued the following statement issuing complete and total support of Soumya. He said, “One of the best Indian female chess players, former World U20 and Commonwealth Women Champion WGM Soumya Swaminathan will not go to Tehran for the Asian Team Championship, as she is not ready to put on a mandatory hijab/headscarf during her stay in Iran. I applaud to a principled stance of the Indian player. Notably, the whole attitude is changing – first it was only about representatives of the Western countries who felt it was wrong to play by the rules that mistreat them, recently Muzychuk sisters boycotted the most prestigious event in Saudi Arabia, and now this virus of self-respect has reached India. Kudos to the ladies who speak up. Alas, it won’t change the FIDE attitude. But then again, FIDE hasn’t even pretended to be a respectable organization in the last few decades…”
Soumya Swaminathan Wiki | Biography
|Real Name||Soumya Swaminathan|
|Born||21 March 1989|
|Claim To Fame||Junior Grand Master Championship|
|Parents||Father- Not Known|
Mother- Not Known
|Hobbies||Dance, Arts, Cycling, Swimming and Reading.|
|Favourite Chess Player||Vishwanathan Anand|
|Controversies||Soumya Swaminthan pulled out of Asian Chess Championship because she was asked to wear headscarf by Iran authorities. She was supported by everyone including the International Chess Federation. |
Soumya Swaminathan Awards
- World Junior Girls Championship 2009-10)
- Shiv Chatrapati Award 2013 -14.
- Pune Gaurav Puraskar 2014
- Lokmat Sakhi Gaurav Puraskar 2011
- Sahara Best Sportsperson Award (Girls) 2010
- Title – Woman Grandmaster