This year we have four debutants in the Tata Steel Masters; Andrey Esipenko, David Anton Guijarro, Nils Grandelius and Aryan Tari. All of them have participated before in the B-group of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
David Anton Guijarro
David Anton Guijarro (25), currently number 56 in the world rankings, won the Tata Steel Challengers in January 2020, which qualified him for the Tata Steel Masters 2021.
Andrey Esipenko (18), currently number 60 on the world ranking, became both European Champion and World Champion U16 in 2017 and became GM in 2018. In 2019 he competed in the Tata Steel Challengers and finished second.
Nils Grandelius (27), currently number 81 on the world ranking, played the Tata Steel Challengers last year, finishing 9th. He is top-ranked player of Sweden.
Aryan Tari (21), a countryman of Magnus Carlsen and currently number 156 on the world ranking, is back in Wijk aan Zee after an absence of two years. In 2018 he played for the last time in the Tata Steel Challengers, finishing 10th.