GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden
2 - 9 February 2015
  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen

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

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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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  • 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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  • Viswanathan Anand
    Viswanathan Anand

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

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  • Arkadij Naiditsch
    Arkadij Naiditsch

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

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  • Etienne Bacrot
    Etienne Bacrot

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

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Fabiano Caruana

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

Fabiano Caruana is the world no. 2 and currently Magnus Carlsen’s toughest opponent. Many tip the 22-year-old Italian to be the Norwegian’s challenger in the next World Championship match.

Caruana was born in Miami of Italian/American parents and grew up in New York, although he moved to Europe as a 12-year-old to pursue his chess career and began representing Italy in international competitions. The soft spoken young star was the revelation of 2012, inexorably climbing the rating list while playing in tournaments of all levels, including large opens — usually avoided like the plague by the world chess elite. In 2012 alone he finished 2nd in Wijk aan Zee, 2nd in the Tal Memorial, 1st in Dortmund and 2nd in Bilbao (losing a tiebreak to Carlsen).

Caruana has seldom looked back since, winning the Zurich Chess Challenge in 2013, repeating his Dortmund success in 2014 and, in the highlight of his career so far, starting with an astounding 7/7 in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, the highest rated tournament in chess history. Since then the feat of scoring seven wins in a row has become known as “doing a Caruana”, but managing that in such a tournament – where Caruana finished on 8.5/10, three points ahead of Carlsen and with a 3103 rating performance – is not something anyone else is likely to repeat soon.

Caruana will arrive in Baden-Baden as one of the top favourites and will do everything in his power to improve on his second place at the 2013 GRENKE Chess Classic.