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Pentala Harikrishna

Pentala Harikrishna

  • Born:
    May 10, 1986 (Age 35) Guntur, India
  • FIDE Title:
    Grandmaster
  • FIDE ID:
    5007003
  • Federation:
    India
  • Peak Rating:
    2770 (December 2016)
  • Rating:
    2725 (September 2021)
  • Rank:
    26 (September 2021)

Harikrishna is one of a wave of India chess talents to follow in Vishy Anand’s footsteps. Harikrishna won the World U10 Championship in 1996, became a grandmaster at 15 and crowned his junior achievements in 2004 by becoming the first Indian player since Anand to win the World Junior Championship.  

His first place in the B Tournament in Wijk aan Zee 2012 was one of his most important victories as it qualified him for the 2013 Wijk aan Zee supertournament. A highly respectable 50% score saw him finish ahead of players like Anish Giri, Wang Hao and Fabiano Caruana and cross 2700 on the rating list for the first time. Harikrishna followed that success by winning the Biel Masters Open later in the same year.

Apart from chess Harikrishna has studied Political Science, Sociology and Public Administration and worked for an Indian oil company.


Photo: GibTelecom Chess Festival 2009


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