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Tata Metal Chess: World Champion Ding Returns, Carlsen Lacking

World Champion GM Ding Liren will make his return to the worldwide chess stage in Wijk aan Zee, whereas the previous champion and eight-time Tata Metal Chess winner GM Magnus Carlsen is lacking for the primary time since 2014.

The lineups have been introduced for the Tata Metal Chess Masters and Challengers, each 14-player round-robins, and embody seven top-20 gamers and a complete of three world champions. The 86th version of the standard tremendous match takes place within the Dutch coastal city of Wijk aan Zee on January 13-28, 2024. 

“Will probably be one other nice version,” mentioned Event Director Jeroen van den Berg, and revealed a younger lineup the place no gamers are older than 32.

Participant Nation World Rank Score
Ding Liren China 3 2780
Alireza Firouzja France 5 2777
Ian Nepomniachtchi FIDE 6 2771
Anish Giri Netherlands 8 2752
Gukesh Dommaraju India 12 2746
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu India 15 2741
Parham Maghsoodloo Iran 18 2732
Wei Yi China 22 2729
Nodirbek Abdusattorov Uzbekistan 25 2722
Vidit Gujrathi India 28 2715
Jorden van Foreest Netherlands 36 2700
Alexander Donchenko Germany 75 2664
Max Warmerdam Netherlands 107 2638
Ju Wenjun China 342 2560

Chess followers will likely be wanting to see Ding again in motion in Wijk aan Zee because the world champion hasn’t performed a single official sport since Could. The 31-year-old revealed to Chess.com earlier in November that he has struggled with an unspecified sickness, which explains why he was pressured to withdraw from a number of occasions since.

Ding is now mentioned to be recovering and when he makes his first transfer on January 13, it will likely be his first official sport in 244 days.

Sadly, followers won’t get to see the reigning world champion battle it out with the previous one. Eight-time Tata Metal Chess winner Carlsen is considerably surprisingly absent within the lineup for the primary time since 2014—the one different time he was lacking since 2004.

Anish Giri won his first Tata Steel Chess in 2023, and was congratulated by 8-time winner Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess
Anish Giri received his first Tata Metal Chess in 2023, and was congratulated by eight-time winner Carlsen. Photograph: Lennart Ootes/Tata Metal Chess.

Event director Van den Berg explains why:

“Sadly, Magnus’ schedule doesn’t enable him to take part with us this yr. He performs a number of different tournaments in February and meaning that he’s not at our match for the second time in 20 years. We clearly hope to welcome him once more in 2025. He actually belongs to our match and is all the time welcome.”

Additionally lacking are world number-two GM Fabiano Caruana, and number-three GM Hikaru Nakamura, arguably the yr’s finest performing classical gamers.

Whereas the most important sights will likely be missed, loads of different stars will assure pleasure. Defending Tata Metal Champion GM Anish Giri is again, alongside together with his Dutch compatriots, 2021 Tata Metal Chess winner GM Jorden van Foreest and GM Max Warmerdam, who will likely be making his debut within the Masters.

GM Alireza Firouzja can even return to Wijk aan Zee three years after his final go to. In 2021, the Tata Metal Chess organizers felt compelled to make a public apology to a 17-year-old Firouzja, who received visibly upset when the arbiters, making ready for a playoff, advised shifting his ongoing sport to a different board. The following yr the organizers have been unable to return to an settlement with the Iranian-born Frenchman, as there was a requirement for compensation for the controversy the earlier yr.

In 2024, we additionally get to see the return of former prodigy GM Wei Yi, who made his debut in 2016 as a 15-year-old within the Masters, scoring 6.5/13. He hasn’t performed a lot outdoors China lately, and was knocked out of the FIDE World Cup by GM Vasyl Ivanchuk, however he stays among the many top-25 gamers on the planet.

Tata Metal Chess has a historical past of inviting among the world’s greatest abilities, and this yr isn’t any exception. Indian prodigies GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu and GM Gukesh Dommaraju are as soon as once more in, and so is former world speedy champion GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Different huge names embody two-time world championship challenger GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, who performs within the Masters for the 4th time, and Grand Swiss winner GM Vidit Gujrathi. GM Parham Maghsoodloo is taking part in for the second time in 2024 after his sixth place this yr, and has since had an unbelievable previous few months wherein he climbed to eleventh on the world rankings.

Girls’s World Champion GM Ju Wenjun is the third Chinese language participant within the Masters, additionally changing into the third lady to play within the prime group after GM Hou Yifan (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018) and GM Judit Polgar (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008).

One other debutant within the Masters is German GM Alexander Donchenko, who certified by successful the Challengers group this yr.

The sector within the Challengers contains 5 juniors, amongst them the brand new World Junior Champion GM Marc’ Andria Maurizzi from France. High seed is Ukrainian star GM Anton Korobov, forward of GM Hans Niemann, who’s at present concerned within the Event of Peace in Croatia and was just lately additionally confirmed for the London Chess Traditional.

Van den Berg acknowledged he’s significantly pleased with having 4 girls within the match, three of whom play within the Challengers. “This has by no means occurred earlier than within the present format of the match,” he says.

Participant Nation World Rank Score
Anton Korobov Ukraine 72 2667
Hans Niemann United States 79 2659
Mustafa Yilmaz Turkey 93 2650
Salem Saleh UAE 109 2635
Jaime Santos Latasa Spain 110 2635
Erwin l’Ami Netherlands 122 2628
Leon Luke Mendonca India 159 2614
Daniel Dardha Belgium 275 2575
Marc’ Andria Maurizzi France 286 2572
Liam Vrojlik Netherlands 301 2569
Harika Dronavalli India 586 2509
Stefan Beukema Belgium 1280 2437
Divya Desmukh India 1518 2418
Eline Roebers Netherlands 2102 2385

The Tata Metal Chess Event takes place January 13-28, 2024 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. The format is a 14-player round-robin. The time management is 100 minutes for 40 strikes, adopted by 50 minutes for 20 strikes, then quarter-hour for the remainder of the sport, with a 30-second increment per transfer from transfer one.



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