Pendyala Harikrishna

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Pentala Harikrishna
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Born (1986-05-10) May 10, 1986 (age 29)
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2733 (February 2016)
(No. 14 in the January 2016 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2755 (January 2016)

Pentala Harikrishna (born May 10, 1986) is a chess Grandmaster from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. He became the youngest grandmaster from India on September 12, 2001. He was Commonwealth Champion in 2001, World Junior Champion in 2004 and Asian Individual Champion in 2011.

Harikrishna won the Tata Steel Group B in 2012 and Biel event in 2013. He represented India at seven Chess Olympiads from 2000 to 2012 and won team Bronze at the World Team Chess Championships in 2010. At the Asian Team Championships, Harikrishna won team gold once, team silver twice and individual bronze once.

In February 2013, Harikrishna's FIDE rating passed 2700 for the first time.

Chess career[edit]

Harikrishna was a highly successful junior player winning the Indian Under-08 (1993), Under-10 (1995), Under-14 (1999), Under-15 (1998) and Under-18(1998) titles. He won the Under 18 prize at the Commonwealth Chess Championship in 1999.[1] He won the World Under-10 Championship in 1996.

His progress was such that at the age of 14 years 5 months he joined the Indian team for the 2000 Chess Olympiad, scoring 6.5 out of 11 rounds and earning his first Grandmaster norm. The second and third norms came soon after with a solid 6.5/13 result placing fifth in Corus Group B and sharing seventh place at the Asian Individual Championship with 7/11.[2][3] This last norm both qualified him for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2002 and secured his Grandmaster title, having reached the required FIDE rating of 2500 in the July 2000 rating list. Immediately after that he won on tiebreak the Commonwealth Championship, held in London.[4]

In November 2004, he won the World Junior Chess Championship held in Kochi India, half a point ahead of Tigran L Petrosian and Zhao Jun. [5]

In August 2006, he won the Chess960 (Fischer Random) Junior Chess Championship, beating Arkadij Naiditsch 4½–3½ in the final.[6]

In May 2011 he won the Asian Chess Championship. [7] In January 2012 he won group B of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. As a newcomer in the 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[8][9] and the Biel Rapid Tournament with 7½/9.[10]

In June 2015, he won the 10th Edmonton International Chess Festival with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), including a 5/5 start.[11]

He is also employed at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in Hyderabad from June 2010.[12]

International achievements[edit]

Team results[edit]

Harikrishna has represented India at seven Chess Olympiads, making his debut at the age of 14 years 5 months during the 34th Chess Olympiad held in Istanbul with results as follows:[32]

Olympiad Individual result Team result
Istanbul 2000 6.5/11 (27th) 8th
Bled 2002 3.5/10 (102nd) 29th
Calvia 2004 5.5/11 (62nd) 6th
Turin 2006 8/12 (14th) 30th
Dresden 2008 6/10 (13th) 16th
Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 6/10 (19th) 18th
Istanbul 2012 5.5/10 (12th) 35th

Harikrishna also took part in World Team Chess Championships, Asian Team Chess Championships and Asian Games events with results as follows:

Event Individual result Team result
13th Asian TCC 2003, Jodhpur India 5/8 (4th) Silver
16th Asian TCC 2009, Kolkata India 4/6 (Bronze) Gold
15th Asian Games 2006, Doha Qatar 6.5/9 (Silver) Gold
3rd Asian Indoor Games 2009, Hanoi Vietnam 4.5/8 Bronze
7th World TCC 2010, Bursa Turkey 4/8 (6th) Bronze
16h Asian Games 2010, Guangzhou China 6/9 Bronze
8th World TCC 2011, Ningbo China 3.5/9 (7th) 8th
17th Asian TCC 2012, Zaozhuang China 6/9 (4th) Silver
10th World TCC, Tsakhkadzor Armenia 5/9 (4th) 9th

Other team results[edit]

Harikrishna has played for a variety of teams in league events. He played for Baden Baden in three of their title wins from 2007 to 2009.

  • Silver medal with chess club Baden-Baden 2008 in European Chess Club Cup, Kallithea, Greece.[33]
  • Greek league Champion 2008 and Bronze medal 2013[34] with chess club Kavala.
  • Bronze in Russian league 2008 with chess club Elara.[35]
  • Spanish Team Chess Championship, 2005, Spain, Team Gold (first board player).
  • Silver in Spanish league 2006 with chess club Cuna de Dragones.
  • Four Nations Chess League (4NCL), 2006, England, Team Silver.
  • Champion of Bosna and Hercegovina with chess club Bosna in 2009.
  • Champion of China Chess League 2008/09 with chess club Shangai.
  • 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.[36][37]
  • Bronze with Chess Club Kavala at Greek team Championship 2014 [38] and silver in Greek Chess Cup 2014 [39]
  • Champion of Turkish Super League 2014 with chess club Istanbul Technical University [40]
  • Silver medal with Czech club G-Team Novy Bor and individual gold medal on the 3rd board at the European Chess Club Cup 2014 in Bilbao, Spain [41][42]

From 2012 to 2014, GM Harikrishna played 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.[43]

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

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