first lady Grandmaster, Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman is also
the best lady Chess player the country has produced.
Born on 27th March, 1979, Vijayalakshmi was drawn to the
game of Chess by her father
A S Subbaraman, when she was but three and a half years
young. Her father, who learnt the game to help her in her
career, is still the guiding force behind Vijayalakshmi.
Her sisters Meenakshi and Bhanupriya are also Chess
Vijayalakshmi won the first of her four National Women's
championships at fifteen. The International Woman Master
title came in 1996. She has won nearly all the Women's
titles on the national circuit and has also notched several
wins against Grandmasters, the most memorable being her
victory over Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Kobalia, at the
Anibal Open, Linares,1998. She has represented the country
in over 30 international tournaments.
Known for the high-level of her game, Vijayalakshmi, has
helped kindle interest in Women's chess in India. Her
favourite Chess player is world champion - Gary Kasparov.