Saturday, July 17, 2010

Biel it Young

The fact that Carlsen (age 20) as World #1 and Anand (age 40) as World Champion prove the chess can cross the age without much problem. With this, the Biel 43rd edition which included a Young Grandmaster tournament should be taken quite seriously. At least the Youngster composition is promising for some exciting young rivalry, between players and fans. Top seed is a legitimate reign Junior Champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the rest are the predicted 2020 players to storm the chess scenes. Here the list:

Highlight from official website and  2010 Chess Champion database:

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
Reign Junior Champion 2009 and also should be the most logical winner overhere. As a French staying exactly in the center of Europe, he has been in elite tournament for a solid of time.

Evgeny Tomashevsky
European Champion 2009 and age 23. Very strong but somehow, as many Russians, he is sort of publication.

Fabiano Caruana
2010 Ruy Lopez Rapid Winner, a teenage Italian that already 'secured ' in publication. He performed well in many 2010 team events (the thing that most European GMs doing as daily job).

Wesley So
GM in chess and popularity. After win the 2009 Corus C, this year his Europe campaign still lack of luck. Performed quite fenomenal in World Cup 2009 but his Corus 2010 is in not a very well story. (Updated round 1, beating Howell with his pet Caro Kann game).

Anish Giri
2010 Corus B and Sigeman Chess Winner. Had been helping Anand (if that help) and demolising many GMs, mostly in cutting edge tactical battle.

Dmitry Andreikin
Junior Russian Champion 2009 and 2010, the same with Tomashevky, we like to 'mixed up' with other (Russian) player.

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
The other Vietnam GM than need to follow (if he survive this tournament)

David Howell
2010 Hasting Winner and reign British Champion. Somehow his charm as Junior is running out as he is not yet proven his teeth outside Isle of Britain (if the term exist).

Parimarjan Negi
Historically, one of the youngest GM.

Maxim Rodhstein
And a total stranger to me, wish him a good tournament.  (Updated, and he beated Negi in round 1)

A good moment for ASEAN as Wesley So and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son are playing. The Vietname Le Quang Liem is busy at the elite Dortmund, quite a waste as if he join here I guess the rivalry between Le and So should be 'official'. No Chinese player invited , but actually we also not sure which Chinese to be invited, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi or Zhou brothers. Other hot names like Ray Robson is busy in his US Closed Juniors. Then of course the fun will be spoil if this Young Tournament included the elites, Carlsen, Karjakin, Nepomniachtch. So the line up quite represent July 2010 Junior list, with Jon Ludvig Hammer missing in top ten, after those mentioned name above. Hammer is playing in Najdorf Memorial. Other junior names like Richard Rapport (b1996), Illya Nyzhnyk (b1996) and Jorge Cori (b1995) may need to wait several years to join in.

Biel to be start today, along with the Master and Main tournament. Official website.

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