Youngest chess grandmaster in the world present at jubilee edition Tata Steel Challengers

Wijk aan Zee, 5 December 2022 – The field of participants of the Tata Steel Challengers has been announced. This group also consists of a mix of established players and promising young talents. For example, 13-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra from the United States, 16-year-old Dutch Eline Roebers and 17-year-old Javokir Sindarov from Uzbekistan are among the participants. From 13 to 29 January 2023, the 85th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee. The winner of the Challengers will earn a starting ticket for the Masters of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2024.

“We already had a wonderful field of participants at the Masters, but this group of Challengers is also very strong,” said tournament director Jeroen van den Berg. “With a number of special talents here too. What about Abhimanyu Mishra, who became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world last July at the age of twelve years, four months and 25 days. And I really like that Eline Roebers is participating, a very great Dutch talent. Two years ago she became world champion in the girls under 14 years. This year she won the silver medal on board-1 at the Olympiad and was named International Master.”

Tata Steel Challengers 2023
Name Country Year of birth Rating
Salem Saleh U.A.E. 1993 2677
Amin Tabatabaei Iran 2001 2660
Javokhir Sindarov Uzbekistan 2005 2654
Alexander Donchenko Germany 1998 2636
Jergus Pechac Slovakia 2001 2628
Erwin l’Ami the Netherlands 1985 2627
Max Warmerdam the Netherlands 2000 2619
Mustafa Yilmaz Turkey 1992 2617
Luis Paulo Supi Brasil 1996 2612
Adhiban Baskaran India 1992 2611
Abhimanyu Mishra USA 2009 2549
Thomas Beerdsen the Netherlands 1998 2521
Rameshbabu Vaishali India 2001 2425
Eline Roebers the Netherlands 2006 2343
(FIDE-ratings 1-12-2022)

Dutch participants

A total of six Dutch players are active in the anniversary edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Max Warmerdam, Erwin l’Ami and Thomas Beerdsen have also received an invitation and together with Eline Roebers they are the four Dutch participants in the Challengers. In the Masters, of which the participants were already announced on November 22nd, the Dutch Grandmasters Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest are the Dutch eye-catchers.

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