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74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 (Press Release)

Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 is the strongest ever

Magnus Carlsen in action in Bilbao. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen in action in Bilbao. Photo © |

The fields for the Tata Steel Chess Tournament have been announced. The event takes place Sat 14th Jan - Sun 29th Jan 2012. Magnus Carlsen is the top seed of a very strong field. However it is the composition of the field that is most exciting with very few players with a drawish reputation competing and a case could be made for at least half the field emerging as winners. Read the full official press release in English below.

Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 is the strongest ever

Eight women in groups B and C, Jan Timman in B group

October 2011 official Tata Steel Press Release. Translated using goole and then tidied up by Mark Crowther. Read the original Dutch version.

The participants of the 74th Chess Tournament Tata Steel is the strongest of its - long and rich - history. It features 10 of the top 15 chess players in the world. With an average rating of 2752 it exceeds the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, anniversary edition of 2008, in terms of rating, when the average was 2740. It is also the first time in the history that a tournament with 14 participants with such a strong positions in the rating list. There is a rookie in the A-Group, Vugar Gashimov from Azerbaijan, the current number-10 in the world.

Interesting names are also those of Veselin Topalov (who hasn't played much following his defeat in the world championship match against World Champion Anand in 2010) and Boris Gelfand, the next challenger for Anand.

The defending Tata Steel Chess champion Hikaru Nakamura from America, returns. The Dutch contribution to the A-group of the tournament is the 17-year-old Anish Giri and the talented Loek van Wely and A-Group regular who returns after a years sabbatical.

Included in the Grandmaster groups B and C of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament are the names of eight participating women. Among them, the reigning European champion Viktorija Cmilyte, who leads the B group. The other two female participants in this group are Kateryna Lahno (fifth in the world) and the young Dronavalli Harika (20) from India. Reigning European champion Vladimir Potkin makes his debut in Wijk aan Zee in this group. The organizing committee is pleased that former winner Jan Timman's invitation to play in the B group, has been accepted.

The grandmaster group C features the debuts of Dutch youth players Lisa Schut (17) and Anne Haast (18). There are 3 other women in this group, the Armenian grandmaster Elina Danielian (living in Groningen), German and Indian players Elisabeth Paehtz and Tania Sachdev.

Also two-time national junior champion Lars Ootes (20) is among the participants, and Daan Brandenburg, who earlier this year gained the grandmaster title. Both Ootes and Brandenburg were not previously in one of the master groups. One notable name in the C group is that of Matthew Sadler, the Netherlands-based former world top 100 player. The Englishman, in fact an amateur chess player, debuts in Wijk aan Zee. He seems to be a fortunate pick, because of two impressive tournament victories in Barcelona and Oslo the next world he will ascend to a place in the top-100.

The 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 13 to 29 January 2012 in the sports hall Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee. Admission is free to the public. Participants in the amateur groups can register from Monday, October 31, 2011 via the site.

See also:

A-Group Wijk aan Zee NED Sat 14th Jan 2012 - Sun 29th Jan 2012
September Rating List used: Average rating: 2752 Category: 21.
Player List
GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR128231990
GMAronian, LevonARM328071982
GMKarjakin, SergeyRUS527721990
GMTopalov, VeselinBUL627681975
GMIvanchuk, VassilyUKR727651969
GMGashimov, VugarAZE1027561986
GMKamsky, GataUSA1127561974
GMNakamura, HikaruUSA1227531987
GMRadjabov, TeimourAZE1327521987
GMGelfand, BorisISR1527461968
GMGiri, AnishNED2327221994
GMCaruana, FabianoITA3227121992
GMNavara, DavidCZE4227051985
GMVan Wely, LoekNED5526891972
B-Group Wijk aan Zee NED Sat 14th Jan 2012 - Sun 29th Jan 2012
September Rating List: Average rating: 2597 Category: 14.
Player List
GMMotylev, AlexanderRUS26901979
GMBruzon, LazaroCUB26821982
GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND26721986
GMPotkin, VladimirRUS26711982
GMTiviakov, SergeiNED26471973
GMReinderman, DimitriNED25941972
GML'Ami, ErwinNED25921985
GMErnst, SipkeNED25811979
GMNyzhnyk, IllyaUKR25611996
GMTimman, JanNED25551951
GMLahno, KaterynaUKR25541989
GMVocaturo, DanieleITA25371989
GMCmilyte, ViktorijaLIT25251983
GMDronavalli, HarikaIND25051991
C-Group Wijk aan Zee NED Sat 14th Jan 2012 - Sun 29th Jan 2012
September Rating List: Average rating (13 players): 2445.
Player List
GMTurov, MaximRUS26431979
GMSadler, MatthewENG26251974
GMTikkanen, HansSWE25911985
GMBrandenburg, DaanNED25221987
GMDanielian, ElinaARM25171978
IMGrover, SahajIND25141995
WGMPaehtz, ElisabethGER24611985
WGMSachdev, TaniaIND24191986
Hopman, PieterNED23511972
Ootes, LarsNED23401991
WIMSchut, LisaNED22901994
WIMHaast, AnneNED22641993
FMGoudriaan, EtienneNED22501990

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