Anand in a tough field in Tata Steel Chess

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Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands), Jan 14 (PTI) WorldChampion Viswanathan Anand of India is all set to take on atough star-studded field in the 73rd edition of Tata Steelchess tournament that gets underway here.

World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway starts as thetop seed in a field that boasts of a 2740 average ratinghitting category 20 according to FIDE''s ELO charts.

Formerly known as the Corus chess tournament, thetournament from this year will be named after Indian Steelgiants Tatas following the takeover of Corus by them.

Anand will have his task cut out in the 14-players roundrobin tournament.

The World Champion will look forward to regain the numberone ranking for which he needs to better Carlsen and thirdseed Levon Aronian of Armenia who recently became the fifthplayer in history to join the 2800 rating club.

Vladimir Kramnik is the other big name in the fray,besides Alexander Grischuk of Russia and former world championRuslan Ponomariov of Ukraine.

Young guns like Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagraveand Russian champion Ian Nepomniachtchi will also be eyingsome of the top stars, while the cynosure of all eyes will beyoung talent Anish Giri who will take on a world class field.

Brought up in Japan and Russia, Anish Giri is of Nepaleseorigin. Just a couple of years back his father got a job inHolland and since then there has been no looking back.

Anish got his Grandmaster title in the same tournament in2009 and won the ''B'' group in 2010 to qualify for the premierevent this year. .

Anand had a decent result and ordinarily he was a co-winner in the London Classic last month as he had the samescore as Carlsen. However, with the soccer-like scoring systemin place there, Anand could not match Carlsen''s score eventhough both had effectively scored 4.5 points each.

Carlsen, who had won four games, drawn one and lost twogot 13 points while Anand, with two wins and five draws got11 points.

Here, the Classical points system will be in place again,which means that a person winning more games does not get anyreal advantage. In fact, Carlsen will be under pressure asdespite his ability to win many games, he is also prone tolosing some.

The 13-rounds will be played under Classical time controlof 40 moves in 100 minutes followed by 20 moves in 50 minutesand 15 minutes for the remaining game. There will be a 30seconds increment from move one.

Like always, there will be other Grandmaster groups aswell. In the strong ''B'' group Grandmaster Surya ShekharGanguly will be the lone Indian challenge while in the ''C''group Tania Sachdev will make her debut in Wijk Aan Zee, ahamlet known for a long tradition of chess tournaments ofhighest standards.

Participants Group "A": Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2814);Viswanathan Anand (Ind, 2810); Levon Aronian (Arm, 2805); GMVladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2784); Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 2773);Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2751); Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukr, 2744);Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 2733); Wang Hao (Chn, 2731); AlexeiShirov (Esp, 2722); Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 2715); AnishGiri (Ned, 2686); Jan Smeets (Ned, 2662); Erwin l''Ami (Ned,2628).

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