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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tata Chess 2011 - Participants list released

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Viswanathan Anand - Booked for Tata Steel Chess 2011
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Hello Everyone,

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament aka Corus Chess Tournament participants' list for 2011 has been released.

According to a press release, the 73rd Chess Tournament Tata Steel will have five players from the world’s top 10 - Magnus Carlsen (1), Viswanathan Anand (3), Levon Aronian (4), Vladimir Kramnik (5) and Alexander Grischuk (7).

The main group has five newcomers: 16-year-old Anish Giri (The Netherlands), Erwin L’Ami (The Netherlands), the reigning European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (youth world champion in 2009/2010) and the Chinese Wang Hao.

The field is a nice mix of world class and the young talent. Five of the fourteen players are 21 years or younger. World Champion Anand (41 in January 2011) is the oldest participant. With an average rating of 2736 Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 comes close to the strength of the anniversary tournament in 2008 (then the average rating was 2740).

The B group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is the strongest ever in Wijk aan Zee. According to the organizers the coveted promotion to the A group attracts more and more players from all over the world to this tournament. No fewer than three of the fourteen players have a rating of over 2700. With an average rating of 2657, the B group for the first time in its history achieved category 17.

Just 12 of the 14 names in the grandmaster group C are known. The remaining two places will go to the winner of the traditional Cultural Village Tournament (15 to 24 November 2010, Wijk aan Zee) and the best Dutchman in the same tournament.

The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 14 to 30 January 2011 in sports hall De Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee. Admission is free to the public.

You can find more details here.

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  • At October 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh good good - i was just wondering how we will manage with all this 2010 chess excitement if it doesn't continue on into 2011...

  • At October 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's almost unfair,
    You could spend the whole year working out games just from this one Tourney, and the year will have just begun. BB.

  • At October 22, 2010 at 6:11 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    Yaya but it's great. When there is no tournament being broadcast I start getting withdrawal symptoms. Am desperately waiting to see the Chess Queen play soon. She should also play in the men's world championship. I wonder when that is.


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