Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Wijk aan Zee is Coming!

Tata Steel is once again sponsoring a fabulous tournament at Wijk aan Zee.  The event, January 9 - 25, 2015.

The Masters Tournament features some of the best players in the world.  This year, the sole female representative is GM Hou Yifan of China, currently reigning women's world chess champion.  She's going to be facing off against some damn tough competition:

GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28621Photo
GMCaruana, FabianoITA28202Photo
GMAronian, LevonARM27976Photo
GMGiri, AnishNED27847Photo
GMSo, WesleyUSA276210Photo
GMVachier-Lagrave, MaximeFRA275713Photo
GMWojtaszek, RadoslawPOL274415Photo
GMRadjabov, TeimourAZE273420Photo
GMDing, LirenCHN273222Photo
GMJobava, BaadurGEO272726Photo
GMIvanchuk, VasilUKR271533Photo
GMHou, YifanCHN267370Photo
GMVan Wely, LoekNED266781Photo
GMSaric, IvanCRO266682Photo

Average rating: 2746
Category: 20
FIDE-ratings of January 2015
Two women will also be facing off against much higher-rated competition in the Challengers Competition.  Personally, I'm going to be rooting for American GM Sam Shankland who, a few years back, after a disappointing finish at the U.S. Chess Championship, declared that he was retiring from chess.  He got his groove back, always a good thing.  Here's the line-up for the Challengers:

GMNavara, DavidCZE2729Photo
GMWei, YiCHN2675Photo
GMShankland, SamUSA2652Photo
GMVan Kampen, RobinNED2615Photo
GMl' Ami, ErwinNED2613Photo
GMPotkin, VladimirRUS2608Photo
GMSaleh, SalemUAE2603Photo
GMTimman, JanNED2593Photo
GMMichiels, BartBEL2563Photo
GMGunina, ValentinaRUS2538Photo
GMKlein, DavidNED2517Photo
IMSevian, SamuelUSA2511Photo
WIMHaast, AnneNED2352Photo
IMDale, AriAUS2291Photo

Average rating: 2561
Category: 13
FIDE-ratings of January 2015

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