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Tata Steel Chess 2011

Corus to be renamed Tata Steel

Tata Steel Chess

Note: Updated preview with new ratings of Tata steel here.

The traditional Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk Aan Zee will have a different name starting next year Tata Steel Chess.

This is the second change of name for the event in their 73 editions history. The traditional tournament has been running since 1938 under the name of Hoogovens, and was renamed later in 2000 Corus.

The format of Tata Steel Chess will be preserved. A total of 3 groups will be present (A, B, and C), with some of the top world players in the A group. Each group will preserve the 14 players round robin format. Until now the tournament reveals 3 names – the current number 1 GM Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion GM Viswanathan Anand, and the 5th in the
September FIDE rating list
GM Vladimir Kramnik. Interesting to note, these players also participate in the Bilbao Final Chess Masters.

The rest of the field will be announced after the end of the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk.

The rumor of the renaming of the tournament has been around for some time, and was first publicly confirmed after a GSCA meeting talk with journalists. The information is confirmed now by official press release at the Corus website, that from next year will be under the domain name tatasteelchess.com.

Update: The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be held from 14th to 30th January 2011 in Wijk aan Zee.

Tata Steel Chess Group A:

GM Magnus Carlsen NOR

GM Viswanathan Anand IND

GM Levon Aronian ARM

GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS

GM Alexander Grischuk RUS

GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR

GM Alexey Shirov ESP

GM Hikaru Nakamura USA

GM Wang Hao CHN (qualifier from the Bosna Open tournament)

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS (reigning European Champion)

GM Anish Giri NED

GM Jan Smeets NED

GM Erwin l’Ami NED

Tata Steel Chess Group B:

GM David Navara CZE

GM Laurent Fressinet FRA

GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL

GM Le Quang Liem VIE

GM Zahar Efimenko UKR

GM Gabriel Sargissian ARM

GM Wesley So PHI (winner of Corus C 2009)

GM Luke McShane ENG

GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly IND

GM Li Chao CHN

GM Jon Ludvig Hammer NOR

GM Vlad Tkachiev FRA

GM Friso Nijboer NED

GM Wouter Spoelman NED

Tata Steel Chess Group C:

GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev KAZ

GM Ivan Ivanisevic SRB

GM Mark Bluvshtein CAN

GM Daniele Vocaturo ITA

GM Katherina Lahno UKR

IM Ilya Nyzhnyk UKR

IM Benjamin Bok NED

IM Jan Willem de Jong NED

IM Mark van der Werf NED

IM Robin van Kampen NED

GM Sebastian Siebrecht GER

IM Tania Sachdev IND

plus two more qualifiers from the Cultural Village tournament

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