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Tata Steel 2012

Wijk aan Zee
The first super-GM tournament of the year, featuring Magnus Carlsen, is the traditional Wijk aan Zee event which takes place from the 14th to the 29th of January 2012. This is arguably the strongest ever edition and includes seven from the World's top ten in the featured A-Group.

The policy of the organizers is to invite to some of the World's up-and-coming stars to their three closed tournaments. In contrast, participating this year in Group B, there will be living legend Jan Timman.

The time control is 100' (+30")/40, then 50' (+30")/20, then 15' (+30") KO.

Here are this year's participants:

The A-Group:

Seed Name Age FED Elo

World

rank

1 Magnus Carlsen 21 NOR 2835 1
2 Levon Aronian 29 ARM 2805 2
3 Teimour Radjabov 24 AZE 2773 5
4 Veselin Topalov 36 BUL 2770 6
5 Sergey Karjakin 22 RUS 2769 7
6 Vassily Ivanchuk 42 UKR 2766 8
7 Vugar Gashimov 25 AZE 2761 10
8 Hikaru Nakamura 24 USA 2759 12
9 Boris Gelfand 43 ISR 2739 16
10 Fabiano Caruana 19 ITA 2736 17
11 Gata Kamsky 37 USA 2732 20
12 Anish Giri 17 NED 2714 28
13 David Navara 26 CZE 2712 30
14 Loek Van Wely 39 NED 2692 54

The participation of veteran Jan Timman in the B-Group will be a boon for Dutch chess fans:

Rk Name Age FED Elo World rank
1 Lazaro Bruzon Batista 29 CUB 2691 55
2 Vladimir Potkin 29 RUS 2684 65
3 Sergei Tiviakov 38 NED 2677 70
4 Alexander Motylev 32 RUS 2677 72
5 Pentala Harikrishna 25 IND 2665 82
6 Sipke Ernst 33 NED

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