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73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 (Field)

Top groups for Wijk aan Zee 2011 settled

Kramnik and Anand are amongst the player for Wijk aan Zee 2011. Photo © Fred Lucas.

Kramnik and Anand are amongst the player for Wijk aan Zee 2011. Photo © Fred Lucas. |

Almost all the groups for Wijk aan Zee 2010 have been decided. The A-Group will see World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk as top seeds. The B-Group is the strongest in the tournaments history. The C-Group is also very interesting with Mark Bluvshtein being the first Canadian invitation to an event such as this I can remember (Kevin Spraggett played the A-Tournament in 1985). There are two places still available in this tournament and these will be qualifiers from the Cultural Village tournament in November. Below is a rough translation of the official press release.

The 73rd Tata Steel 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.

The Grandmaster group C has 12 of the 14 players decided. The remaining two places go to the winner of the Traditional Cultural Village Tournament (15th-24th November 2010 in Wijk aan Zee) and the best Dutchman in the same tournament.

The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place 14th-30th January 2011 in the sports hall of De Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee. Admission is free to the public.

Tata Steel Chess GMA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011 cat. XX (2736)
GMMagnus CarlsenNOR128261990
GMViswanathan AnandIND328001969
GMLevon AronianARM427831982
GMVladimir KramnikRUS527801975
GMAlexander GrischukRUS727601983
GMRuslan Ponomariov UKR1127491983
GMAlexey ShirovESP1227491972
GMHikaru NakamuraUSA1527331987
GMWang HaoCHN2227241989
GMMaxime Vachier-LagraveFRA2527211990
GMIan NepomniachtchiRUS3427061990
GMAnish GiriNED6126771994
GMJan SmeetsNED7026691985
GMErwin l'AmiNED11426241985
Tata Steel Chess GMB Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011 cat. XVII (2657)
GMDavid NavaraCZE27221985
GMLaurent FressinetFRA27181981
GMRadek WojtaszekPOL27111987
GMLe Quang LiemVIE26941991
GMZahar EfimenkoUKR26831985
GMGabriel SargissianARM26771983
GMWesley SoPHI26681993
GMLuke McShaneENG26571984
GMSurya GangulyIND26501983
GMLi ChaoCHN26331983
GMJon Ludvig HammerNOR26331990
GMVlad TkachievFRA26321973
GMFriso NijboerNED25821965
GMWouter SpoelmanNED25381990
Tata Steel Chess GMC Wijk aan Zee (NED), 14-30 i 2011
GMMurtas KazhgaleyevKAZ26201973
GMIvan IvanisevicSRB26131977
GMMark BluvshteinCAN25831988
GMDaniele VocaturoITA25811989
GMKatherina LahnoUKR25391989
IMIlya NyzhnykUKR25381996
IMBenjamin BokNED24531995
IMJan Willem de JongNED24441981
IMMark van der WerfNED24321968
IMRobin van KampenNED24301994
GMSebastian SiebrechtGER24211973
IMTania SachdevIND23821986
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