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Pentala Harikrishna
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Number of games in database: 1,988
Years covered: 1996 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2719 (2690 rapid, 2663 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2766
Overall record: +443 -164 =708 (60.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 673 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (127) 
    B90 B30 B50 B53 B40
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C65 C78 C67 C84 C80
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A46 D02 E00 A40 E10
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E20 E32 E21 E46 E48
 Slav (47) 
    D17 D10 D15 D12 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (129) 
    C67 C78 C65 C95 C84
 Sicilian (93) 
    B47 B48 B33 B40 B30
 French Defense (72) 
    C07 C09 C18 C02 C11
 Nimzo Indian (56) 
    E32 E21 E20 E46 E34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D38 D37 D35 D39 D31
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C95 C84 C91 C89 C87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Harikrishna vs Van Wely, 2013 1-0
   Short vs Harikrishna, 2007 0-1
   Harikrishna vs Nisipeanu, 2004 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Nakamura, 2014 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Mamedyarov, 2006 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Naiditsch, 2010 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Aronian, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Harikrishna vs Efimenko, 2013 1-0
   Harikrishna vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Harikrishna vs C Gokhale, 2002 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005)
   Biel Master Open (2013)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2012)
   Asian U20 (2001)
   Indian Championship (2002)
   Indian Championship (2003)
   Biel (2020)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Ron Banwell Masters (2001)
   Indian Championship (2001)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hari's best by VishyFan
   Pentala-- Up and Coming Energy by nasmichael
   Corus Group B 2001 by Tabanus
   Flancks by Shangri La
   d2-d4 by Shangri La
   Indian Kids by samsal27
   Indian Greats by samsal27
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean

   🏆 Tata Steel India Blitz
   Harikrishna vs R Praggnanandhaa (Sep-09-23) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Harikrishna vs V S Gujrathi (Sep-09-23) 1-0, blitz
   Radjabov vs Harikrishna (Sep-09-23) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Harikrishna vs A Erigaisi (Sep-09-23) 0-1, blitz
   D Gukesh vs Harikrishna (Sep-09-23) 1-0, blitz

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(born May-10-1986, 37 years old) India

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International Master (2000); Grandmaster (2001); World U10 Champion (1996); Asian U14 Champion (1999 and 2000); World Junior Champion (2004), Asian Champion (2011).


Harikrishna hails from Guntur in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He was the youngest Indian to become an IM and also the youngest to become a GM, the latter at the age of 15 years 3 months and 5 days, although these records have been superseded by Parimarjan Negi. At the present time, he is India's 2nd ranked player after World Champion Viswanathan Anand, and the 3rd Indian player to reach a rating of 2700 after Anand and Krishnan Sasikiran. He won his three GM norms at the 2000 Olympiad, Corus GM B in 2001 and the 2001 Asian Continental Championship.


<Youth - National> Harikrishna won numerous national youth championships in India from a very early age, including the U8 in 1993, the U10 in 1996, U12 in 1996 and 1998, U14 in 1999, U15 in 1998, and the U18 in 1998. He also won the National U12 rapid championships in 1996 and 1997, and the National U14 rapid championship in 1998.

<Youth – International> His main youth trophy was winning the World U10 Championship in 1996.Other youth trophies on the larger continental and world stage include runner-up at the World U12 rapid in 1996, and winner of the Asian U14 Championships in 1999 and 2000. He placed =2nd behind Sasikiran at the Asian U18 Championship in 2002 and 3rd behind Ferenc Berkes and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the World U18 Championship held in the same year.

<Junior> He was runner up with 8/11 on tiebreak behind Tejas Bakre in the Asian Junior Championship in 2000, and runner up in the 2001 version of the event behind the outright winner Thanh Son Nguyen, scoring 7.5/11. At the 2002 World Junior Championship, he was =5th, and in 2003 he placed =7th. Harikrishna finally broke through in 2004 when he became the World Junior Champion, the first Indian to do so since Anand in 1987. This was also the 4th time a player has won the World Junior Championship at home for their country. In August 2006 in Mainz, "Hari" beat Arkadij Naiditsch by 4½–3½ in the final to become Chess960 World Junior Champion.

<National - India> He placed 5th at the National 'A' Championship in Mumbai in 2000; was 2nd behind Sasikiran at the same editions of that event in Nagpur in 2002 and in Mumbai in 2003; and 3rd in 2004, half a point behind behind Sandipan Chanda and Surya Shekhar Ganguly with 17/23.

<National - Great Britain> Harikrishna competed in the British Chess Championship in 2003 in Edinburgh, Scotland, placing 2nd behind Abhijit Kunte and winning the British U21 Championship.

<Continental> He came 3rd at the Asian Championship in 1998 and =7th (10th on tiebreak) at the 2001 Asian Championship where he not only gained his 3rd GM norm, but qualified for the 2001 World Championship Knockout Tournament. In May 2011 he won the 10th Asian Individual Championship (2011) with 6.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Yangyi Yu and Truong Son Nguyen.

<World> Qualifying through the Asian Continental Championship 2001, Harikrishna encountered Alexander G Beliavsky in the first round of the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2001/02), but lost the mini-match by 1.5-0.5. He qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) by placing 2nd (behind Ganguly) at the Asian Zonal 3.1b held in 2003 in Bangladesh; faring better by defeating Jun Xu in the first round and holding Vasyl Ivanchuk to a draw in the standard games of the second round. However, he lost in the rapid game tiebreakers. He was seeded into the World Cup (2005), this time going an extra round, beating Shaoteng Yu and Giovanni Vescovi in the first two rounds before losing to Aleksey Dreev in the 3rd round tiebreaker. At the subsequent World Cup (2007), he was eliminated in the first round by Jun Zhao. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) through the 2011 Asian Continental championship and defeated Maxim Rodshtein in the first round but lost to Dmitry Jakovenko in the second round.

He qualified as a rating reserve for the World Cup (2015) as neither Magnus Carlsen nor Anand played in that event. In the first round, he defeated Australian IM Max Illingworth to progress to the second round where he unexpectedly lost to compatriot Sethuraman P Sethuraman and exited the tournament.

Standard Tournaments

Harikrishna has an impressive array of victories and other leader board results in tournaments at home and abroad.


• 1st at the All-India Open, held in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala;

• 1st at the Tal Tournament, held in Kozhikode, also in Kerala;

• 3rd at the International Tournament held in Aurangabad, Maharasthra (India).


• Harikrishna scored his 2nd GM norm at the Corus tournament GM B in Wijk aan Zee, where he drew with the winner Teimour Radjabov, and scored 6.5/11 for 5th place;

• At the age of 15, he won the Commonwealth Championship held in London;

• 1st at the Ron Banwell MSO Masters Tournament, also held in London;

• =3rd at the AICF Golden Jubilee Tournament held in Calicut, half a point behind Tahir Vakhidov and Sasikiran;


• =1st at Hastings in 2001-02 event, and 2nd in the Hastings (2002/03).


• =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Abu Dhabi Chess Festival;

• 1st in the U18 group at the Commonwealth championship in Mumbai;

• 2nd behind Pavel Kotsur at the Sharjah International Chess Festival in the United Arab Emirates.


• 1st amongst the Juniors competing at the Commonwealth Championship in Mumbai;

• 3rd at the Gibraltar Masters (2004) behind Nigel Short and Ganguly;

• 2nd behind Mamedyarov at the Dubai Open (2004)

• 2nd at the Abu Dhabi International Tournament behind Dmitry Bocharov

• 3rd at the Category 16 Pune Super GM (2004) in Maharashtra in India behind Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.


• =1st with Boris Gelfand (2nd on tiebreak) in the category 17 Bermuda International (2005)

• 1st at the Category 15 2nd Sanjin Hotel Cup (2005) and the Category 16 Crown Group of the 9th Essent Hoogeveen (2005) respectively;

• 2nd at the HB Global Chess Challenge (2005) in Minneapolis USA, behind Ildar Ibragimov

• =2nd behind Ruslan Ponomariov alongside Ivan Cheparinov at the Category 16 Pamplona International (2005).


• =1st at the Reykjavik Open (2006) and

• 1st at the 4th Marx Gyorgy Memorial (2006) in Hungary.


• 2nd at the Category 14 Carlos Torre Repetto Memorial knock out tournament where he lost to Vasyl Ivanchuk in tie-break;

• 3rd at the Category 17 Montreal International in Montreal, after Ivanchuk and Sergei Tiviakov

• =2nd at the Category 16 Reggio Emilia chess tournament behind Zoltan Almasi

• 1st at the category 14 5th Gyorgy Marx Memorial (2007).


• 4th at the Category 15 Corus Group B (2008) behind Sergei Movsesian, Etienne Bacrot and Short;

• 1st at the Category 15 SPICE Cup (2008), USA.


• 1st at the Category 10 7th International Festival Meurthe et Moselle-GM closed chess tournament held in Nancy, France.


• 1st at the New York Open;

• =2nd at the 38th World Open (2010) held in King of Prussia, in Montgomery, Pennsylvania with 7/9 behind Viktor Laznicka.


• =2nd at the Chicago Open, half a point behind Timur Gareyev

• =3rd at the 39th World Open (2011) in Philadelphia, USA, Michael Adams and Gata Kamsky.


• Won the Tata Steel Group B (2012) outright with 9/13 (+6 -1 =6), qualifying him to participate in the A group in 2013;

• Won (on tiebreak) the huge 28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012) with 7/9 and a TPR of 2783;

• =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) behind Dan Zoler at the Benasque International Open in Spain;

• scored 7.5/11 at the Biel International Festival (Masters), a half point behind the leaders Igor Kurnosov, Romain Edouard, and Movsesian.


• 6.5/13 at the Category 20 Tata Steel Group A (2013) super tournament at Wijk aan Zee, finishing in the top half of the field, pushed him over 2700 for the first time;

• Won the 2013 Biel Masters tournament with 8.5/11;

• shortly afterwards, he scored a strong 7/9 at the Hogeschool Zeeland Chess Tournament 2013.


Harikrishna started 2014 with an even score (+3 -3 =5) at the Category 20 Tata Steel Masters (2014), including victories over Leinier Dominguez Perez, Hikaru Nakamura and Arkadij Naiditsch. He followed up with 7/10 at Gibraltar Masters (2014) and =3rd with 5/10 at Biel (2014).


He placed =3rd at Gibraltar Masters (2015), a point behind the winner Hikaru Nakamura and half a point behind the runner up David Howell. In June, he won the 10th Edmonton International (2015) by a point ahead of Hao Wang, Vasyl Ivanchuk and Surya Shekhar Ganguly. Soon afterwards he won the lucrative Isle of Man Masters (2015) on tiebreak from Fressinet and Sargissian.

Team Events

<Olympiads> Harikrishna has represented India at every Olympiad from 2000 until 2012, playing on either board 2 or board 3. He gained his first GM norm at the 2000 event.

<European Club Cup> He also played in the European Club Cup for the first time when he played for G-Team Novy Bor in the European Club Cup (2014), winning team silver and a possible board prize for board 3 when he scored 6/7.

<India> He played board 2 for India at the World Team Championship (2010), winning team bronze. He played top board for India at the 2011 World Team Championship and again at the World Team Championship (2015). He also played:

• board 3 for India at the 2003 Asian Teams Championship, winning team silver;

• board 1 in the Asian Teams Championship 2009, helping his team to a gold medal and winning individual bronze; and

• board 2 in the Asian Teams Championship 2012, winning team silver.

He also represented India at the Asian Games (Chess) in 2006 and 2010, helping his team to a gold medal and a bronze medal respectively, while scoring an individual silver medal in 2006. In 2009, he played board 1 for India at the Asian Indoor Games (Chess) winning team bronze.


Harikrishna played for Baden Baden in the European Club Cup (ECC) in 2007, 2008 and 2013, winning team silver in 2008. He has played in the:

• Bundesliga since 2006, winning team gold with his team Baden Baden in 2007, 2008 and 2009. As of 2012, Harikrishna is playing first board for chess club Eppingen;

• Greek League team, winning gold and team bronze with his team Kavala in 2008 and 2013 respectively;

• Russian Premier League in 2007 and 2008, winning team bronze with team Elara in 2007;

• Spanish League since 2005, winning team gold in 2005, team silver with club Cuna de Dragones in 2006. He has played with C.A.Solway since 2007, winning team silver in 2012 and qualifying for the ECC;

• League of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2009 (winning team and individual gold with club Bosna);

• China League winning gold with team Shanghai in 2012;

• UK (4NCL) in 2005 and 2006;

• Hungarian League in 2015;

• Czech Extraliga 2013-14, 2014-15 2015-16 and the

• Turkish Super League, winning team gold with Istanbul Technical University SOCAR in 2014 and placing team 7th in 2015.


Harikrishna is majoring in political science, sociology, and public administration at DR. B. R. Ambedkar Open University (Andhra Pradesh Open University) and has been employed at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in Hyderabad since June 2010. He is married to Nadezda Pentala.

Ratings and Rankings

Harikrishna first made it into the top 100 in October 2004 when he was 18 years old and has remained in the top 100 since that time. He first surpassed a rating of 2700 in February 2013 and has remained rated above 2700 continuously since September 2013. He was also rated #2 Junior (U20) in the world for the first 9 months of 2006 during which period he was also ranked #25 in the world for the 6 months to September 2006.

His highest standard rating to date is 2763 as of 1 April 2016, when he was ranked #13 in the world, his highest ranking to date.

References and sources

Wikipedia article: Pendyala Harikrishna

Last updated: 2023-08-11 08:52:46

 page 1 of 80; games 1-25 of 1,988  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harikrishna vs Radjabov 1-0301996Wch U10A10 English
2. A Volokitin vs Harikrishna  0-1471997Wch U12C13 French
3. A Volokitin vs Harikrishna  ½-½781998Wch U12C15 French, Winawer
4. Harikrishna vs Radjabov 0-1411998Wch U12A20 English
5. P Blehm vs Harikrishna  0-1281998World Junior ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
6. Harikrishna vs Fedorchuk  0-1331998World Junior ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
7. Harikrishna vs S Satyapragyan  1-0311998World Junior ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. V Kulkarni vs Harikrishna  ½-½311998World Junior ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
9. Harikrishna vs D M Belmonte  1-0431998World Junior ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
10. Fressinet vs Harikrishna  1-0591998World Junior ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
11. Harikrishna vs I Khamrakulov  ½-½701998World Junior ChampionshipA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
12. H Herraiz Hidalgo vs Harikrishna  0-1441998World Junior ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Harikrishna vs I Nataf  1-0391998World Junior ChampionshipA10 English
14. T Dao vs Harikrishna  1-0751998World Junior ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Harikrishna vs A Florean  0-1631998World Junior ChampionshipA26 English
16. Harikrishna vs T Hansen  ½-½471998World Junior ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
17. Harikrishna vs J Gallagher  1-0532000Commonwealth-chA28 English
18. Ganguly vs Harikrishna  ½-½262000Hyderabad WIPROC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
19. Harikrishna vs W Zili  1-0722000Asia-chA43 Old Benoni
20. D Das vs Harikrishna  0-1332000Goodricke OpenC00 French Defense
21. Harikrishna vs J S Gokhale  0-1612000Goodricke OpenA16 English
22. N Neelakantan vs Harikrishna  1-0562000Goodricke OpenC15 French, Winawer
23. K Qin vs Harikrishna  ½-½782000Goodricke OpenC02 French, Advance
24. Harikrishna vs A Mirzoev  1-0402000Goodricke OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
25. Harikrishna vs R Saptarshi  1-0312000Goodricke OpenA22 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-05-14  spysfi: Was! GM Papaioannou is a nice guy and decided to stop torturing him !!
Jul-21-14  Chessinfinite: <Does the name "Pentala/Pendyala" have any etymological association with the number five? >

I think, it has more to do with the place of his ancestry or his father's name, than the number five. That is how most Indian names are used- Name of the father or of the place of ancestry/ home, along with the person's name.

Jun-29-15  diagonal: Harikrishna won the 10th <Edmonton International 2015> (round robin, ten players), a full point ahead of last year's tournament winner Ivanchuk, Chinese Wang, Hao (drewing a long game against Harikrishna in the last round) and Ganguly who all tied for 2nd place.

Congrats to Pentala!

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  Penguincw: Pentala Harikrishna wins the 10th Edmonton International (2015) with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), a full point ahead of Hao, Ivanchuk and Ganguly. Also, just like those 3 GMs, he finished undefeated as well.
Aug-04-15  cbpatzer: Harikrishna playing Turkish league
Oct-23-15  anandrulez: Now he is in top 20. But its a very crowded space so you can't read much into it ... He mainly needs to play at the same level or higher for some more time to prove that he is a deserving Top 20 to get invites to super tourneys.
Jan-18-16  Shams: I have been a fan of his for a while, but I have to say I am shocked to find he is currently #14 in the world!
Mar-26-16  jith1207: Pentala Harikrishna was India's No.1 player for a very short time (as in a day), when he overtook Vishy Anand in Live Ratings. Since then Anand has performed better in Candidates to move ahead, but Harikrishna has accheived a quite feat in becoming India's top player, which has been reserved to Anand for some three decades of the past.

Harikrishna can do a lot better and he needs to focus on being a top-10 player in the world (Now in top-15) for some time, and that would be qute a challenge and an achievement in his career if he gets there.

Apr-06-16  Ragh: Apr 3 - Chess Informant @chessinformant :

Old-fashioned? The man who chose to abandon computers in preps. Watch out for GM Harikrishna at @NorwayChess

Apr-26-16  Conrad93: From what I read, the tournaments in India pay much better than the one's in Europe. David Gomally had an article on ChessBase where he complained about the lack of decent-paying tournaments for "weaker" GM's.
Sep-12-16  fisayo123: Is he better than Anand right now? Possibly. Anyway, he's playing better chess than the legendary Indian.
Sep-13-16  blackdranzer: Well he does not push for the win if it isn't there.. his play is similar to caruana's style...cautious, steady and precise
Sep-13-16  fisayo123: <blackdranzer> Caruana isn't cautions though. There are many top players who can be considered that, but hardly him.
Sep-26-16  ajit: Any idea when Harikrishna plays next and where? Thanks.
Sep-29-16  Shams: Top ten at last!
Nov-01-16  diagonal: ... and for the first time Top Ten player in the official Fide Elo list (November 2016):

P. Harikrishna is four points behind the number nine, Karjakin who's playing this month the WCC match against Carlsen

Nov-01-16  Open Defence: He has been shouldering the responsibility in the team championships, great to see him being consistent and progress well since breaking into the top 100
Apr-21-19  Chessinfinite: Harikrishna leads in Shenzhen masters 2019 with 3 wins in a row!. Go Hari !
Apr-23-19  Nisjesram: 4 wins in a row, now


Apr-26-19  Nisjesram: Shenzhen is a strong tournament - harikrishna, anish girl, ding liren , rapport, jakovenko , yangyi. Double round robin. 10 rounds . After 9 rounds , harikrishna leading with +3. 7 decisive games , 5 wins and 2 losses.


Apr-27-19  Nisjesram: Harikrishna came so close to winning his first supertournament - in the end it was Anish giri winning Shenzhen.


May-13-21  Albertan: Harikrishna readying for Sochi World Cup

Oct-27-21  Albertan: Indian Chess players eye Candidates spot:

Jun-09-23  sakredkow: Is he taking some time off?
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  MissScarlett: He's currently playing in the French League:
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