Harika Dronavalli (born 12 January 1991 in Guntur) is an Indian chess player. She achieved the title Grandmaster (GM) in 2011.

She was honored with the Prestigious Arjuna Award for the Year 2007-08 by Government of India.

2016 proved to be a great year for Harika Dronavalli as she won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix at Chengdu, China and rose up from World No.11 to World No. 5 in FIDE Women’s ranking. She finished the FIDE set of Women’s Grand Prix’s in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia is December with an overall 5th position.

2016 was Harika’s best year with her attaining rank 5, which is her highest career ranking till date. On her path of success she has beaten many greats in the sport like Hou Yifan, Women’s World No.1 at Isle of Man in 2016.

Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar and Viswanathan Anand are her chess heroes.She was a student of Sri Venkateswara Bala Kuteer, Guntur, Andra pradesh.

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