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

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

  • Arkadij Naiditsch
    Arkadij Naiditsch

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

  • Levon Aronian
    Levon Aronian

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

  • Fabiano Caruana
    Fabiano Caruana

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

  • Viswanathan Anand
    Viswanathan Anand

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

  • Magnus Carlsen
    Magnus Carlsen

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

  • Michael Adams
    Michael Adams

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

  • David Baramidze
    David Baramidze

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


Arkadij Naiditsch

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

Arkadij Naiditsch is the German number one, in the world Top 50 and as a resident of Baden-Baden will be the event’s local hero. The 29-year-old grandmaster grew up in a chess-loving family and was very successful in his youth.

He won the U10 European Chess Championship and finished runner-up in the World Youth Championship in 1995 before his family moved from Latvia to Dortmund a year later. He earned the international master title in 1999 before becoming Germany’s youngest grandmaster as a 15-year-old in 2001. Due to support in Dortmund he was able to take part in the annual Dortmund supertournament, which he sensationally won in 2005, leaving world-class players like Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Michael Adams in his wake.

Naidistch is famous for his unbridled fighting spirit. In 2009 he won the extremely tough Neckar Open in Deizisau with 8.5/9. That result catapulted him above 2700 for the first time. He’s a sought-after team player, and has played for OSG Baden-Baden in the Bundesliga since the 2007/8 season, producing one winning streak after another and helping the team to seven league and three cup titles.

Since 2006 Naiditsch has been top board for Germany in international competitions and has frequently performed above expectations. In 2011 he scored 5/8 against top class opposition in the European Team Championship in Greece, sensationally helping Germany to gold medals. His greatest individual success while playing for Germany came in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, where he defeated the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Round 7.

That was far from the only highlight of 2014 for the German star. He won the 2014 GRENKE Chess Classic, an event featuring most of the best German players, to qualify for the 2015 edition. Another highlight was of a personal nature. He married International Master Yuliya Shvayger and made his chess debut with her at the Christmas Open in Zurich and the New Year’s Open in Basel. He won both events, suggesting he’s coming into form just at the right time for the supertournament in Baden-Baden.