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Happened Today in the Chess World - May 10, 2024


Losanna 2005: Pentala Harikrishna - source: chessbase archive

Today is the birthday of Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna, born in Dorf Vinjanam Padu, India, on May 10th, 1986.
Pentala was the world champion under ten and then under 20, and became a GM at 15, a record for India, recently surpassed by Gukesh.
Harikrishna has represented India seven times in the Olympics, won the Commonwealth Championship in 2001, and the Asian Championship in 2011.
A fixture in various national team championships, Pentala has won the Bundesliga four times and the Chinese league three times.
In December 2016, he reached his highest rating with 2770 Elo points, the then-highest score achieved by an Indian chess player after the former world champion Viswanathan Anand.

Pentala Harikrishna (2659)-Peter Svidler (2727), Olympiads in Dresden, 2008
White to move



25.Rxe6! Rab8 26.Qf3! Nc4 27.Re7 1-0

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