Corus becomes Tata, with Anand, Carlsen and Kramnik

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Corus becomes Tata, with Anand, Carlsen and KramnikNow officially communicated in a press release, the Corus Chess Tournament, formerly known as Hoogovens Tournament, will have yet another name in 2011: Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Three big names among the participants have been made public already: Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.

The 73rd edition of the annual chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee will be called Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The famous international chess festival, which started in 1938 under the name Hoogovens Chess Tournament, was renamed to Corus Chess Tournament in 2000, after the merge of Hoogovens and British Steel.

Tata Steel bought Corus in April 2007 for 8.1 billion Euros and is currently the world's seventh largest steel company. With an annual crude steel capacity of 31 million tonnes it is the largest private sector steel company in India in terms of domestic production.

The tournament will no doubt be one of the strongest of 2011. At this moment the participation of Magnus Carlsen (number one in the world and winner in 2010), reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has been announced. The organizers hope to complete all 14 players in the A group right after the Olympiad. The participants lists for groups A, B and C will be announced at the end of October.

The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be held from Friday, January 14th till Sunday, January 30th in sports complex De Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee.
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