Pendyala Harikrishna

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Pendyala Harikrishna
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Born (1986-05-10) May 10, 1986 (age 28)
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2726 (July 2014)
(No. 25 in the May 2014 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2726 (April 2014)

Pendyala Harikrishna (born May 10, 1986) is a chess player from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. Harikrishna became the youngest grandmaster from India in 12 September 2001. As of July 2014, he is ranked No. 2 in India and No. 27 in the world.

Chess career[edit]

In November 2004, he won the World Junior Chess Championship. In August 2006, he won the Chess960 (Fischer Random) Junior Chess Championship, beating Arkadij Naiditsch 4½–3½ in the final.[1]

As of early 2012, GM Harikrishna is playing first board for chess club Eppingen in Chess Bundesliga, and he is a member of Spanish chess club Solvay since 2007 (first board). Harikrishna is also the first board for BPCL A team, which has won PSPB Inter Unit Chess Tournaments in 2010 and 2011.[2] In international team competition, Harikrishna has represented the Indian team in six Chess Olympiads since 2000.

In May 2011 he won the Asian Chess Championship.[3] In January 2012 he won group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. This result qualifies him to participate in the A group in 2013, considered one of the strongest tournaments each year.

As a debutant in A group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January 2013 Harikrishna finished in the first half (7th place) and reached an Elo rating of over 2700.

In August 2013 he won Biel chess tournament (Masters Open Tournament) with 8½/11[4][5] and the Biel Rapid Tournament with 7½/9.[6]

Away from chess, Harikrishna is majoring in political science, sociology, and public administration at DR. B. R. Ambedkar Open University (Andhra Pradesh Open University).[citation needed]

He is also employed at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in Hyderabad from June 2010.[7]

Championships[edit]

National achievements[edit]

International achievements[edit]

Team achievements[edit]

  • Chess Bundesliga triple Champion 2007,2008 and 2009 with chess club Baden-Baden.
  • Silver medal with chess club Baden-Baden 2008 in European Chess Club Cup, Kallithea, Greece.[28]
  • Greek league Champion 2008 and Bronze medal 2013[29] with chess club Kavala.
  • Bronze in Russian league 2008 with chess club Elara.[30]
  • Silver in Spanish league 2006 with chess club Cuna de Dragones.
  • Champion of Bosna and Hercegovina with chess club Bosna in 2009.
  • Champion of China Chess League 2008/09 with chess club Shangai.
  • Asian Nations Chess Cup May 2012, Zaozhuang, Shandong province, China, silver medal with Indian team, and individual silver medal on board 4 in Blitz.[31][32]
  • Spanish Team Chess Championship, November 2012, León, Spain, as a member of C.A. Solvay scored 4½/7 points on the first board; team finished second and qualified for European Club Cup.[33][34]

Notable chess games[edit]

Sample game[edit]

a b c d e f g h
8
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e8 black rook
g8 black king
a7 black queen
b7 black bishop
c7 black pawn
d7 black knight
e7 black pawn
f7 black pawn
g7 black bishop
h7 black pawn
b6 black pawn
f6 black knight
g6 black pawn
b5 white pawn
d5 black pawn
d4 white pawn
a3 white bishop
e3 white pawn
f3 white knight
b2 white queen
c2 white pawn
d2 white knight
e2 white bishop
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
f1 white rook
g1 white king
8
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
The position after 14...Qa7. Here white plays 15.Bb4! As Ra1 directly gives black the chance of pinning the Bishop with Ra8!! and now the threat of Ra1 cannot be stopped.

The game shown here was the final knockout match in the Carlos Torre Memorial Tournament 2007, in Mérida, Mexico. Here Harikrishna, with white, is facing Vassily Ivanchuk, who was world number 2 at that time.

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3!? g6 3. Nbd2 d5 4. e3 Bg7 5. b4! ( 5. b3 c5 ) 5... O-O 6. Be2 b6 7. Bb2 Nbd7 8. b5! Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. a4 axb5 11. axb5 Rxa1 12. Qxa1 Qa8 13. Ba3 Re8 14. Qb2 Qa7 15. Bb4! Bf8 16. Ra1 Qb8 17. Ne5 e6 18. Bxf8 Nxf8 19. Ndf3 Ne4 20. c4 f6 21. Nc6 Bxc6 22. bxc6 Qd8 23. Qb4 Qd6 24. Qxd6 Nxd6 25. cxd5 exd5 26. Ne1 Ne6 27. Nc2 f5 28. Bd3 Ne4 29. g4! Kf7 ( 29... fxg4 30. Bxe4 dxe4 31. Ra7 Rc8 32. Nb4 with the idea Na6 followed by d5. ) 30. Nb4 Rd8 31. f3 Nd2 32. gxf5 gxf5 33. Kf2 f4 ( 33... Kf6 34. Rd1 Nb3 35. f4 would leave black tied up to the defense of the f5-pawn. ) 34. exf4 Ke7 ( 34... Nxf4 35. Ke3 Nb3 36. Ra7 Ne6 37. Nxd5 Rxd5 38. Bc4 Ra5 39. Rxc7+ Kf6 40. Bxe6 Kxe6 41. Rd7 Nxd4 42. Kxd4 ) 35. Re1 Kd6 36. Re5 Nxf4 37. Ke3 Nxd3 38. Kxd3 Nxf3 39. Rh5! 1-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ ChessBase.com – Chess News – Chess Classic Chess960 results, Anand and Aronian simuls
  2. ^ "BPCL A win title". TimesOfIndia.IndiaTimes.com. 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Asian Individual Open Chess Championship 2011". Chess-Results.com. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Master Tournament Standings". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pentala Harikrishna claims first place at Biel Masters International Tournament". Chessdom.com. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Swiss Rapid Chess Championship". Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Eyeing the next rung". Sportstar Weekly. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Stunning performance by Radjabov – 2001 Corus Chess Tournament – The Realm of the Citadel
  9. ^ "77th Hastings Chess Congress 2001-2 Premier Results". HastingsChess.org.uk. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "World Juniors Champ.". FIDE. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "BER Fest. Invitational". FIDE. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Harikrishna wins title in China". 
  13. ^ "Harikrishna wins Essent Crown Group". 
  14. ^ "The Week in Chess 582 Pamplona International". Chess.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "Harikrishna joint winner in Reykjavík". Rediff.com. 15 March 2006. 
  16. ^ "Harikrishna wins György Marx Memorial". ChessBase.com. 11 August 2006. 
  17. ^ "Chess Classic: Chess960 results, Anand and Aronian simuls". ChessBase. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  18. ^ "Harikrishna second in Carlos Torre Memorial". 365Chess.com. 27 December 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Vassily Ivanchuk wins, Nigel Short crashes at 8th Montreal International". ChessBase.com. 29 July 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Harikrishna wins category 13 in Nancy, France". ChessBase.com. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "Chigorin Memorial 2009". Chess.co.uk. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Chicago Open 2011 Standings - Open Section". ChessTournamentServices.com. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Wijk aan Zee Rd13 Aronian is sole winner!". ChessBase.com. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  24. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2012-03-12). "Harikrishna tops 74 GMs in Cappelle-La-Grande". ChessBase.com. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "Pentala Harikrishna claims first place at Biel Masters International Tournament". Chessdom.com. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  26. ^ "Three share Asian Chess lead". KhaleejTimes. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Silver lining for Hyderabad Grandmasters". TheHindu. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  28. ^ "European Club Cup Final Standings". Ecc2008.Chessdom.com. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  29. ^ "41th [sic] Greek Team Championship 2013 Premier League Final Standings". chess-results.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "Harikrishna's victory guides Elara to Bronze". DnaIndia.com. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  31. ^ "Asian Nations Cup – China wins both sections". ChessBase. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Double victory for China at Asian Nations Chess Cup". chessvibes. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Sestao Naturgas wins Spanish Team Championship in León". chessvibes. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Final Standings". Feda.org. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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