P. Harikrishna is one of India’s finest chess players. He has won several tournaments, but at the Women’s World Championships 2023, he took on a new role. The role was to help the defending champion Ju Wenjun in her match against Lei Tingjie. Hari was a second and trainer for the Chinese GM. The match was very well fought, but in the end it was Ju Wenjun who triumphed with a score of 6.5-5.5. In this video we catch up with Harikrishna to speak to him about his role as a second, the critical moments of the match and much more.
Timestamps of the full video:
0:00 – Hello and congratulations!
0:46 – How did Hari’s association with Ju Wenjun start?
3:32 – The difference of approach in the two seconds of Ju Wenjun
4:44 – Coming up with strong opening ideas
5:28 – Working with Wei Yi
6:09 – Hectic schedules before the World championship match
7:16 – Working remotely before the match
8:04 – The various aspects a second works on
10:42 – Ju Wenjun’s strengths
12:15 – Thoughts on Lei Tingjie’s play
14:00 – The clash of styles between Wenjun and Tingjie
14:22 – Accuracy of the players was very high!
15:08 – Radjabov’s work with Lei Tingjie
16:52 – High level opening prep – Anish Giri certified!
17:37 – Breaking down the match in terms of openings
18:31 – Ju Wenjun’s confidence in switching openings
20:11 – Taking a look at game 9: Wenjun goes for Sicilian!
22:08 – Lei Tingjie’s pawn sacrifices
22:57 – When Ju Wenjun equalized the score: Game 8
23:28 – The d4/c4 conundrum
24:45 – How should seconds talk with players after the game?
26:52 – Taking a deeper look into the endgame
29:19 – Feelings before the final game
30:15 – Harikrishna explains the opening intricacies
32:47 – From winning to equal – tiebreaks preparation started!
34:35 – Lei Tingjie’s critical error
37:07 – Wenjun’s fantastic Nb1! and flawless conversion
38:12 – The hard work Hari and Team did at the match
39:41 – The effects of working as a second and how it impacts Hari’s play
43:45 – What is next for you?
44:17 – Harikrishna in Team MGD1 at the World Rapid teams – “most Indian”!
45:26 – Future assignments of similar nature?
47:27 – Thank you and goodbye
Video: ChessBase India
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