GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden
2 - 9 February 2015
  • 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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  • 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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  • Viswanathan Anand
    Viswanathan Anand

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

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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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Viswanathan Anand

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

Viswanathan Anand is the 15th World Chess Champion and his current 2797 rating makes him the world no. 5. OSG Baden-Baden, the Chess Centre and GRENKE are delighted to be able to welcome “Vishy” back after a long history of both sporting and personal ties dating back to 2002. Anand has always been active in the Bundesliga and has celebrated many titles with the club.

Listing all the achievements of the “Tiger from Madras” is beyond the scope of this profile, but it’s safe to say he’s already safely earned his place in the history books. Anand first won the FIDE Knockout World Championship back in 2000 after defeating Alexei Shirov 3.5:0.5 in the final, but had to wait until 2007 to claim the classical title in a tournament in Mexico. In the following years he confirmed his supremacy in World Championship matches. In 2008 he defended his title in Bonn against Vladimir Kramnik, in 2010 he defeated Veselin Topalov in Sofia and in Moscow in 2012 he beat Boris Gelfand. He finally lost the crown to Magnus Carlsen in Chennai (Madras) in 2013.

After that defeat few experts believed in his chances of mounting a comeback, but Vishy proved it was wrong to write him off. He won the 2014 Candidates Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk in outstanding style and earned the right to an immediate rematch with Magnus Carlsen. He didn’t manage to take his revenge, but he offered great resistance to the Norwegian and only lost an exciting encounter 4.5:6.5. Anand still managed to end the year on a high by winning the London Chess Classic.

Baden-Baden will see the first meeting between Anand and Carlsen since the World Championship match in Sochi last November. The 45-year-old Indian is of course one of the top favourites for the 2015 GRENKE Chess Classic and will be aiming to defend the title he won in the first edition in 2013.