World champion Kramnik plays Corus

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World champion Kramnik has confirmed he will play in the Corus Tournament in Wijk aan Zee (12-28 January, 2007). It will be the first time Kramnik and Topalov meet again behind the chess board, after their reunification match last month.

After Kramnik's confirmation the Corus A-group is now complete. Again there will be an extremely strong field of participants with no less than six players from the top ten of the world. With an average rating of 2723 the Corus A-group will surely be the strongest chess tournament in the world in 2007.

Three participants aren't twenty years old yet and make the average age of the A-group quite low. They are Karjakin, Carlsen and Radjabov. The complete A-group looks as follows, with between brackets their rating and ranking of 1 October 2006:

Topalov (2813, 1) Anand (2779, 2) Kramnik (2750, 3) Svidler (2750, 4) Morozevich (2747, 5) Aronian (2741, 7) Radjabov (2729, 11) Shirov (2720, 14) Ponomariov (2703, 20) Carlsen (2698, 21) Tiviakov (2680, 27) Van Wely (2676, 29) Karjakin (2672, 35) Motylev (2662, 44)
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