Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2006
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Guntūr, Andhra Pradesh, India
Pentala Harikrishna is a chess Grandmaster from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. He became the youngest grandmaster from India on September 12, 2001, a record now held by Parimarjan Negi. He was Commonwealth Champion in 2001, World Junior Champion in 2004 and Asian Individual Champion in 2011. In 2006, he received the Arjuna Award. He was born on 10th May 1986 in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. When he won the under 10 world chess championship in Menorca in Spain he became very famous. He did well in many junior international events. He moved up in the ELO rating and so he was called to be the member of Indian National Team to take part in the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.
He became the second Indian to win the Junior World Chess Champion in 2004 next only to Viswanathan Anand. He became the youngest Indian Grandmaster in 2001 beating the record of Anand. However in 2006 this was beaten by the child prodigy Praimarjan Negi who became the youngest Grand Master at the age of 13. But still P. Harikrishna holds the record of youngest Indian Super Grandmaster. He became the India’s youngest international master in 2000 and got his Asian under 14 championship in 2000 in Tehran. He got Asian junior championship in 2001 in Kolkatta and World Junior Champion in 2004 and many more medals and honors. His peak rating was 2688 in April 2009.