Age: 30 Years
Marital Status: Unmarried
Profession: Chess player
Some lesser known facts about Bhakti Kulkarni
- Bhakti Kulkarni is an Indian chess player. In 2012, she earned the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM), and in 2019, she won the title of International Master (IM).
- Bhakti Kulkarni was 2.5 years old when she started playing chess. He inherited his chess skills from his father, who used to play chess during his college days. In a media interview, she said that her father was an avid chess player when she was young, and she used to sit on her father’s lap when he played chess. He said,
I think I am very lucky as my skills come from my father who was an avid chess player from his college days. I still remember sitting on his lap when he used to play chess and that’s how I learned this logical mind game at the age of two and a half years. When I turned 4 years old, I started playing tournaments.
- At the age of six, she won the State Under-7 Championship and was selected for the Nationals in 1998 and finished third in the Junior National Championship. In 2008, he participated in the National Beat Tournament organized by the Goa Chess Association and won the title of Best Goa.
- In 2010, she won the Asian gold in Under-18 in China. He was accompanied by his coach Dronacharya Gokhale.
- In 2011, she was the winner of the Asian Junior Chess Championship. She then won the international women’s chess tournament in 2013 in the Czech Republic – Open Vysina. In 2016, she participated in the Asian Chess Women’s Championship and won the same. In 2009 and 2016, she competed for the Indian team in the Women’s Asian Team Chess Championship. He won a bronze medal in the individual competition in 2009.
- In September 2018, he won the 3rd International Master Norm at the Fischer Memorial Chess Tournament in Greece.
- In a conversation with the media, once Bhakti Kulkarni dedicated his success to his coaches. He said,
I cannot imagine that I would have achieved this success without Gokhale sir and his wife Anupama madam. Anupama madam won the Asian women’s title in 1985 and 1987. I met him when I was 7 years old. He trained me without any fees. ,
- In 2018, she was the winner of the National Women’s Champion, organized by All India Chess Federation and Rajasthan Chess Federation.
- In 2019, she defeated M Mahalakshmi in the third round of the Asian Continental Open and Women’s Championship held in Jingtai, China. In the same year, she won the National Women’s Senior Chess Championship held at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
- In 2019, she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Championships.
- Bhakti Kulkarni remains quite active on various social media platforms. His Instagram account is followed by more than 4k people. He has more than 2k followers on Facebook. She often shares her pictures and videos on social media.
- In 2020, Bhakti Kulkarni won a gold medal in the Online Chess Olympiad.
- In September 2021, Bhakti Kulkarni earned a 2388 FIDE rating.
- Bhakti Kulkarni is a dedicated environmental advocate, and she often campaigns on social media to promote tree planting.
- Bhakti Kulkarni is a fitness enthusiast. She practices pranayama and meditation regularly to keep her mind and body intact. In a media interview, he talked about his fitness routine. He said,
To keep the mind fit in this game, you have to keep your body fit. before the games and tournament, I do some pranayama and meditation to keep my mind fresh.”
- Bhakti Kulkarni is a kind animal and bird lover. She has a pet bird named Baby Bulbul. She keeps posting pictures of her pet bird on social media every day.
- Bhakti Kulkarni often endorses and advertises ethnic women brands on social media.
- On 10 August 2022, Bhakti Kulkarni was part of the first Indian women’s team to win a bronze medal in an Olympiad held in Chennai, India. Ukraine and Georgia won the gold and silver medals in the women’s section respectively.
- Apart from being a chess player, Bhakti Kulkarni is also a great singer.
- In her spare time, Bhakti enjoys photography, swimming and playing table tennis. In a conversation with the media, he discussed about his hobbies and recreational activities. He said,
Since I’m lucky enough to be able to visit other countries because of my sport, I carry my camera. I also like to play table tennis, so I like to play a game of chess during tournaments and I also like to swim. ,