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Magnus Carlsen to play in Tata Steel, De Rotterdam and Nieuwspoort added as venues

Tata Steel 2013Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will take on some of his biggest competitors at the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament from 9-25 January, 2015.

Current world number two and rising star of the chess world Fabiano Caruana, and winner of the 2014 Tata Steel Chess Tournament Levon Aronian will both play at the tournament.

They will be joined by Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan and Dutch players Anish Giri and Loek van Wely.

The tournament will take place in its traditional location of Wijk aan Zee, but will also visit other prestigious Dutch venues with satellite events in Rotterdam and The Hague.

On 15 January the 5th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take place in De Rotterdam, the recently opened eye-catching building at the waterfront of the River Meuse in Rotterdam, designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.

And on 21 January, the 10th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take place in the recently renovated press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most important events in the chess calendar. The tournament brings together the world’s leading chess players and the most passionate amateurs with its grandmaster groups and amateur events.

The world-famous tournament has two main player groups, each with 14 players. They are known as the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers. Both groups attract world class players and online spectators from across the globe.

Tata Steel Masters participants:

Carlsen Magnus NOR 2863
Caruana Fabiano ITA 2844
Aronian Levon ARM 2793
Giri Anish NED 2768
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2757
So Wesley USA 2755
Ding Liren CHN 2730
Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2726
Radjabov Teimour AZE 2726
Saric Ivan CRO 2678
Hou Yifan CHN 2673
Van Wely Loek NED 2664

Average rating: 2748
Category: 20
FIDE ratings of October 2014

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