GM Pentala Harikrishna

Full name
Pentala Harikrishna
Born
May 10, 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Federation
India
Profiles

Following the lead of Viswanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna is India’s next biggest threat among the chess elite. A prodigy who gained worldwide attention with his numerous youth championship awards and becoming India’s youngest International Master and Grandmaster, Harikrishna has continued his rise into the circle of the world’s best players. After winning numerous tournaments throughout his career, he has recently become India’s second best player along with being one of the top 30 players in the world.

Pentala Harikrishna was born in India and quickly became a chess prodigy. At a young age he won multiple youth championship tournaments in India, such as the U8 in 1993, U10 in 1996, U12 in 1996 and 1998, U14 in 1999, U15 in 1998 and the U18 in 1998. At the time, he was the youngest Indian to become both an International Master (in 2000) and Grandmaster (in 2001 at the age of 15). He qualified for the 2001 FIDE World Championship tournament but was quickly knocked out of the tournament. He again qualified for the 2004 FIDE World Championship but was knocked out in the second round by Vassily Ivanchuk. He has also qualified for other FIDE World Cup tournaments and placed in a similar way. Aside from chess, Harikrishna is majoring in political science, sociology and public administration at university. Once he finishes his schooling, he will have more time to devote to chess and will definitely be a player to watch out for.

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White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (25) : B10 B11 B12 B13 B19 B18
Giuoco Piano Game (30) : C53 C50
King's Indian Attack (33) : A07 A08
Reti Opening (29) : A06 A04 A05 A09
Petrov's Defense (15) : C42 C43
Italian Game (6) : C55
Gruenfeld Defense (16) : D85 D97 D80 D86 D94 D87
Alekhine Defense (3) : B03 B02 B04
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Torre Attack (35) : A48 A46
Pirc Defense (4) : B07 B08
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Four Knights Game (10) : C48 C49 C46 C47
Modern Defense (5) : B06 A40
Queen's Indian Defense (35) : E15 E17 E14 E12 E16 E18
Queen's Pawn Opening (17) : D02 A40 A41 A43 D03
London System (2) : A48
Catalan Opening (28) : E01 E00 E05 E04
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Budapest Defense (1) : A51
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Dutch Defense (7) : A80 A81 A86
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Semi-Slav Defense (34) : D43 D45 D44 D48 D47 D46
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Bogo-Indian Defense (7) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D71 D78 D73
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D20 D21 D27 D25 D28
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (3) : A40
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D32 D34
Undefined (1) : A00
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Black Pieces
Four Knights Game (13) : C48 C47 C49 C46
Giuoco Piano Game (20) : C50 C53 C51
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D02 A40 D03 D00
King's Indian Attack (24) : A07 A08
Queen's Indian Defense (42) : E15 E12 E14 E16 E17 E18
Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) : D23 D24 D20 D27
Catalan Opening (26) : E00 E01 E05
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (3) : A01
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Petrov's Defense (20) : C42 C43
Italian Game (8) : C55 C59
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00
Reti Opening (20) : A09 A05 A04
Semi-Slav Defense (36) : D45 D43 D47 D44 D48 D49
Vienna Game (4) : C27 C26 C29
Mieses Opening (1) : A00
Pirc Defense (10) : B07 B09 B08
Scotch Game (12) : C45
Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D85 D80 D97 D87
Hungarian Opening (7) : A00
Modern Defense (11) : A40 B06 A41
Old Indian Defense (1) : A53
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Benoni Defense (6) : A60 A70 A61
Undefined (1) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D79 D78
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Bogo-Indian Defense (3) : E11
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32 D34
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (5) : D44
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00

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