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

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

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  • Fabiano Caruana
    Fabiano Caruana

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

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  • 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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  • 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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Magnus Carlsen

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

Magnus Carlsen is the 16th World Chess Champion and the undisputed no. 1 on the world rating list. He ended doubts about his place in chess history when he first claimed the World Championship title by defeating Viswanathan Anand 6.5:3.5 in Chennai in 2013. A year later he defended his title in Sochi against the same player 6.5:4.5. The 24-year-old Norwegian emphasised his unique position in the chess world in 2014 by winning both the Rapid and Blitz World Championships in Dubai.

Despite his tender age Carslen can already look back on a full and successful career. In his early years he didn’t stick around junior events long, with a runners-up spot at the U12 World Championship his greatest success. Instead he switched to adult events early on and in 2004 he was awarded the grandmaster title at the age of 13. In the same year he sensationally held Garry Kasparov to a draw in a rapid game.

It didn’t take long for him to hit the very top, and in the last seven years his supertournament triumphs have included Wijk aan Zee three times (2008/2010/2013), the London Chess Classic three times (2009/2010/2012), Biel twice (2007/2011), the Tal Memorial twice (2011/12), the Bilbao Masters twice (2011/2012), Nanjing (2009), the Sinquefield Cup (2013), the Zurich Chess Challenge (2014) and Shamkir Chess (2014). His biggest milestone, though, was winning the Candidates Tournament in London in 2013, earning him the right to challenge Viswanathan Anand for the World Championship title. The rest is history.

Beyond the board Magnus Carlsen has become a global brand and a superstar in Norway. Since 2010 he’s modelled for the Dutch fashion label G-Star. He’s a highly sought-after talk-show guest and he’s met with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. In 2013 he was named by TIME among their 100 most influential people on the planet.

Carlsen comes to Baden-Baden as the top favourite. This will be the Norwegian’s first appearance on German soil since the 2009 Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund and also his first as World Champion.