The Dutchman enters the tournament with a FIDE rating of 2720 putting him slightly ahead of the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who checks in at 2715. This places Giri at #25 in the world which is quite impressive for someone at only the age of 18!
He is fluent in many languages and unlike many prodigies he still goes to school and does well in his studies, only getting the occasional leave of absence for tournaments. Others his age usually have taken up professional chess completely but Anish seems to be one of a kind.
In January 2010 he won the B-group in Corus at age 15. In 2011 he beat Magnus Carlsen with the Black pieces in only 22 moves. Finally in January 2012 he won the Reggio Emilia tournament which had a rating average of 2744.
The presence of this talented world-beater is also very interesting because players of his calibre don’t frequently play in open tournaments and the last few years has only seen Anish play in strong closed super tournaments and team tournaments.