Field of participants Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2017 complete
Dmitri Andreikin will be the 14th player in the Tata Steel Masters and Eric Hansen the 14th player in the Tata Steel Challengers, the Tata Steel Chess Tournament organisation announced today.
The participation of the Russian and Canadian grandmasters completes the field of participants of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2017. According to the agreement with players’ union ACP the last spots in the Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers were to go to the highest ranked players of the ACP Competition with a rating below 2750 and 2650. But these grandmasters, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Gawain Jones, had already been confirmed as participants in theTata Steel Chess Tournament 2017. The 79th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place in Wijk aan Zee from 13 – 29 January 2017.
Dmitri Andreikin (26) ranks 22rd on the world list. Andreikin has belonged to the group of players right below the world top for years, but will participate for the first time in Wijk aan Zee in January. The Russian was youth world champion in 2010 and became Russian champion two years later. He qualified for the Candidates Tournament in 2013, which determines who will be allowed to challenge the world champion. In 2014 Andreikin won the Fide Grand Prix Tournament in Tashkent, surpassing players like Nakamura, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Giri and Karjakin.
Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen (24) is not only a strong chess player, but also appreciated for providing commentary at big tournaments. Hansen will participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the first time. He was one of the stars of the Chess Olympiad in Baku earlier this year, scoring 9 out of 11.
List of participants Tata Steel Masters 2017
|Wesley So||2794||5||United States|
|Anish Giri||2771||10||The Netherlands|
|Loek van Wely||2696||44||The Netherlands|
Average rating: 2753
List of participants Tata Steel Challengers 2017
|Name||Rating||Year of birth||Country|
|Jeffery Xiong||2666||2000||United States|
|Jorden van Foreest||2605||1999||The Netherlands|
|Erwin l'Ami||2605||1985||The Netherlands|
|Benjamin Bok||2598||1995||The Netherlands|
Average rating: 2592