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    Tata Steel Chess January 13-29 2023

    Carlsen Tops 'Strongest-Ever Field' At Tata Steel Chess 2023

    GM Magnus Carlsen once again tops the field for the upcoming 2023 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The 85th edition of the annual super-tournament in Wijk aan Zee will have five players from the world's top-10 and also five of the world's biggest talents.

    Traditionally, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament announces the field for the Masters group about two months in advance. This time, it's exceptionally strong.

    The tournament will have the world number-one Carlsen (coming to Wijk aan Zee for the 19th time) as well as the world number-two GM Ding Liren, and three more top-five players: GMs Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, and Wesley So. Furthermore, three other grandmasters from the world's top-20 will be present: GMs Richard Rapport, Levon Aronian, and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Of course, 2021 winner GM Jorden van Foreest is also back.

    Besides this group of already well-established grandmasters, we have five of the strongest newcomers, rising stars, prodigies, or however you want to call them, all born in the 21st century: GMs Gukesh D., Arjun Erigaisi, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vincent Keymer, and Praggnanandhaa R. ...

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    #	Name		Born	Rating	Rank
    1	Magnus Carlsen	1990	2859	1
    2	Ding Liren	1992	2811	2
    3	Fabiano Caruana	1992	2766	6
    4	Anish Giri	1994	2764	7
    5	Wesley So	1993	2760	8
    6	Richard Rapport	1996	2740	15
    7	Levon Aronian	1982	2735	17
    8	Jan-Krz. Duda	1998	2731	18
    9	Gukesh D.	2006	2725	23
    10	Arjun Erigaisi	2003	2718	28
    11	Nodirbek Abdus.	2004	2713	32
    12	Vincent Keymer	2004	2698	42
    13	Jorden van Foreest 1999	2690	47
    14	Praggnanandhaa 	2005	2678	62
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    Not strongest ever as some have been claiming though: 5 out of top 10 playing. Some even stronger events come to mind but yes, it is very strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Not strongest ever as some have been claiming though: 5 out of top 10 playing. Some even stronger events come to mind but yes, it is very strong.
    Levon has not done so well as late but if he plays well then that is another top 10 quality player. The young players will all be very dangerous, all of them probably on their way 2750+ ratings in the next few years. It will not be a suprise to see at least a couple of them very high in the standings.

    Also excellent to see Ding Liren in the tournament, he will get some good practice ahead of the world championship match whenever that is going to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Colliver View Post
    The young players will all be very dangerous, all of them probably on their way 2750+ ratings in the next few years.
    Yes. My estimation is that of the 14 players, probably 13 of them have been or will be in the top 10. Almost certainly there is at least one, and probably more than one, future world champion in the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yes. My estimation is that of the 14 players, probably 13 of them have been or will be in the top 10. Almost certainly there is at least one, and probably more than one, future world champion in the list.
    And the 14th is the defending champion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yes. My estimation is that of the 14 players, probably 13 of them have been or will be in the top 10. Almost certainly there is at least one, and probably more than one, future world champion in the list.
    Well I think Ding Liren provided he is able to undertake proper preparation for the World Championship will beat Nepo. However if he gets stuck in China or something and is unable to prepare properly Nepo probably wins. Being in this tournament makes the first much more likely

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