Multiple Russian champion Peter Svidler is the 13th participant in the Tata Steel Masters group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
Born in Leningrad in 1976, Svidler has been among the world’s best chess players for years. He currently ranks 12th on the world list, with a rating of 2763. His highest ranking ever was fourth in 2004.
The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12-28 January 2018.
As part of Tata Steel Chess On Tour the Tata Steel Masters will play a round in Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum on Wednesday 17 January and a round in the Academiegebouw of Groningen University on Wednesday 24 January.
It has been a while since Svidler played in Wijk aan Zee. That was in 2007, the year in which Aronian, Topalov and Radjabov won the tournament. During that edition Svidler beat then 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen, who debuted in the top group that year. Svidler also participated in 1999, 2004 and 2005.
Svidler has been active as commentator at large tournaments for several years now, attracting a huge following with his humour, chess strength and sonorous voice. However, he has never given up playing chess himself, to which his continuous high ranking is testament.
On 1 December the field of participants of the Tata Steel Masters will be complete. The 14th grandmaster will be the highest ranked player in the ACP Competition with a rating under 2750 on 1 December.
For information about the Tata Steel Chess Tournament visit www.tatasteelchess.com.