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Wijk aan Zee/Tata Steel Chess 2011

Wijk aan Zee/Tata Steel Chess 2011

Dec 28, 2010, 7:56 AM 0

The 73rd Tata Steel Chess tournament will be held 14 January - 30 January 2011 in Wijk aan Zee.

The tournament will have 5 players from the top 10 in the World. They are Magnus Carlsen (1), Viswanathan Anand (3), Levon Aronian (4), Vladimir Kramnik (5) and Alexander Grischuk (7). The participants in the main group has five newcomers, namely 16-year-old Anish Giri from Rijswijk, Erwin L'Ami from Woerden, the reigning European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (youth world champion in 2009/2010) and the Chinese player Wang Hao.

The field is a nice mix of world's elite, and young talent debutants. Five of the fourteen players are 21 or younger. World Champion Anand (41 January 2011) is the oldest participant. With an average rating of 2736 the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 approaches the in strength the anniversary tournament in 2008 (then with an average rating of 2740).

The champion of the Tata Steel Group B Chess Tournament will win the strongest B event in the history in Wijk aan Zee. The tournament has the coveted prize of qualification for the A group in 2012 and this has attracted rather more world class players to the tournament than might be expected. No fewer than three of the fourteen players have a rating of over 2700, players of Candidates Class. With an average rating of 2657, the B group has for the first time in its history achieved Category 17 status.

Sources: The Week in Chess (10/21/10) and http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

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