GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden
2 - 9 February 2015
  • 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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  • David Baramidze
    David Baramidze

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

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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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  • Levon Aronian
    Levon Aronian

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

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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
    Magnus Carlsen

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

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Michael Adams

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

Michael Adams, rated 2738, is currently no. 17 in the world. The 43-year-old Englishman has been playing for OSG Baden-Baden since 2008, so will find himself in a familiar setting.

He became a grandmaster in 1989 at the age of only 17 and also won his first British title in the same year. Since then, despite fierce competition from Nigel Short, he’s been named “English Player of the Year” around a dozen times.  In numerous World Championship battles he’s come up against the world’s best and in 2004 he made it to the final of the FIDE World Championship before losing a hard fight to OSG Baden-Baden teammate Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

In recent year’s “Mickey” has experienced something of a renaissance. In 2013 he won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund ahead of Vladimir Kramnik with a stunning 7/9. He still holds down the first board for his national team and scored a formidable 6.5/9 in the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø.

This will be Adams’ second appearance in the GRENKE Chess Classic after finishing fourth in 2013.