GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden
2 - 9 February 2015
  • Etienne Bacrot
    Etienne Bacrot

    Name: Etienne Bacrot
    Age: 31
    Nationality: French
    World ranking: No. 39

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  • Michael Adams
    Michael Adams

    Name: Michael Adams
    Age:43
    Nationality: English
    World ranking: No. 17

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  • Fabiano Caruana
    Fabiano Caruana

    Name: Fabiano Caruana
    Age: 22
    Nationality: Italian
    World ranking: No. 2

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  • Arkadij Naiditsch
    Arkadij Naiditsch

    Name: Arkadij Naiditsch
    Age: 29
    Nationality: German
    World ranking: No. 49

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  • Viswanathan Anand
    Viswanathan Anand

    Name: Viswanathan Anand
    Age: 45
    Nationality: Indian
    World ranking: No. 5

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  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen

    Name: Magnus Carlsen
    Age: 24
    Nationality: Norwegian
    World ranking: No. 1

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  • Levon Aronian
    Levon Aronian

    Name: Levon Aronian
    Age: 32
    Nationality: Armenian
    World ranking: No. 6

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  • David Baramidze
    David Baramidze

    Name: David Baramidze
    Age: 26
    Nationality: German
    World ranking: No. 236

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David Baramidze

Name: David Baramidze
Age: 26
Nationality: German
World ranking: No. 236

David Baramidze is Germany’s youngest national team player and belongs to the ranks of those who will shape the future of German chess. David grew up in Tbilisi (Georgia) and learned to play chess from his father. He showed great understanding of the royal game and as a junior was very successful at a national and international level. His silver medal at the U16 World Championship in Heraklion in 2004 stands out. In the same year FIDE awarded him the grandmaster title at the age of 16.

David’s family emigrated to Dortmund when he was ten. He received support, including the chance to play a match against experienced Women’s Grandmaster Alisa Maric during the 2002 Dortmund Chess Days. Despite being only 13 years old he won 4.5:3.5.  

In 2007 he shared third place in the formidable European Championship in order to qualify for the World Cup. In the first round of that event he was paired against none other than Nigel Short. After two classical games the score was 1:1, so they played rapid tiebreakers on the following day. David managed to sleep through the beginning of the first 25-minute game and made it to the board only two minutes before his time ran out. Nevertheless, he beat his much higher-rated opponent in blitz mode. In Round 2, however, he lost 1:5-0:5 to Cuban star Leinier Dominguez.

In the following years Baramidze stalled somewhat, but once again he’s on the rise and in May 2014 he reached a new peak rating of 2619. His reward was an invitation to the 2014 Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, although he suffered in a world-class field. Things went better in the 2014 GRENKE Chess Classic, where second place behind Arkadij Naiditsch qualified him for a place in the 2015 edition.

The 26-year-old starts as the rank outsider in Baden-Baden, but will have nothing to lose. Each half point will be considered a great success.