According to tournament Director and ACP Board Member Jeroen van den Berg the players are renowned for their fighting spirit, are very diverse in style, generation, country and even gender. He does expect them to battle out every game to the last inch. Who are these players?
Date of birth: March 18, 1969
World Ranking: 10
Kasparov called him a genius, Anand called him the most eccentric chess player in the world. Ivanchuk rose to fame at the age of 21 when he won the Linares tournament of 1991. Fourteen players participated in this tournament, of which eight were rated in the top ten of the world. Ivanchuk defeated World Champion Kasparov in their game and ended up winning the tournament by half a point.
Since 1990, he has consistently ranked among the top 10, rated as high as number 2 on a few occasions, and even 1st in the unofficial live rating list in 2008. His major tournament wins include M-Tel Masters 2008, Tal Memorial 2008, Kings Tournament 2009 and Gibraltar, 2011. He was FIDE World Championship runner-up in 2002 and European Champion in 2004. Ivanchuk was the 2007–2008 World Blitz Chess champion and he won the Amber blindfold and rapid chess championship in 1992 and 2010. He won the Chess Olympiad in 2004 and 2010 and the World Team Championship in 2001 as leader of the Ukrainian team. Ivanchuk will play in the 2013 Candidates' tournament, where best eight players in the World will fight for the qualification for the World Championship Match
Nationality: United States of America
Date of birth: June 2, 1974
World Ranking: 14
Kamsky was a prodigy who reached a ranking of fourth in the world rankings in 1996 at the age of 22 and played the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship in the same year. Kamsky lost the match against Anatoly Karpov for the FIDE World Chess Championship at Elista in Kalmykia, with 7½–10½. It was one of the last major events where the adjournments were used. After his the match with Karpov, Kamsky gave up chess for almost eight years to study law.
After his return to chess, Kamsky won the World Cup 2007. This earned him a match against Veselin Topalov for the right to challenge for the World Championship, which he lost. Kamsky won Reggio Emilia 2010, Rapid World Championship and the U.S. Championship in 2010 and 2011.
Date of birth: November 26, 1983
World Ranking: 21
Baadur Jobava's first major achievements on the international scene were winning the Dubai Open 2003 and the gold medal at the 2004 36th Chess Olympiad. In 2006, Jobava won the prestigious Aeroflot Open, the strongest open tournament in the world. Jobava won the 2011 European Rapid Championship, was European vice-champion in 2010, and bronze medalist in 2009. He is the 2003, 2007 and 2012 Georgian champion.
Date of birth: January 7, 1981
World Ranking: 37
Krishnan Sasikiran is International Grandmaster since 2000 and became the second Indian chess player ever after World Champion Vishwanathan Anand to cross the 2700 rating mark. In 2001, he won the prestigious Hastings International Chess tournament. In 2003, he won the 4th Asian Individual Championship as well as the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen. In 2008, he won both the Najdorf Memorial and the Pamplona international chess tournament. Sasikiran is a bronze medalist of the World Team Championship 2010, where he played first board for India, and also won the gold medal for his 2800+ performance in the Russian Team Championship 2012.
Le Quang Liem
Date of birth: March 13, 1991
World Ranking: 51
Le Quang Liem was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2006, at the age of 15 years and 3 months. One of his best results include tournament victories of the strong Aeroflot Open in 2010 and 2011. Thanks to these victories, Le qualified for the Dortmund Super Tournament in these years. He ended 2nd in both edition. In 2011 Le became shared first at the Capablanca Memorial. Le Quang Liem is one of the most popular sportsmen in his country. He was chosen to represent Vietnam in the Olympic torch relay for London 2012 Olympics.
Date of birth: September 19, 1977
World Ranking: 59
As a youngster, Emil Sutovsky achieved notable successes by winning the World Junior Championship in Medellín in 1996, and finishing first at the double-round-robin VAM Hoogeveen Tournament in 1997. In 2001, Sutovsky won the 2nd European Chess Championship after a rapid chess tie-break against future FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov. He finished tied for first in two major open tournaments in 2005: Gibraltar and the Aeroflot Open.
In September 2009 Sutovsky won Inventi Chess Tournament in Antwerp. In the 2010 Chess Olympiad he took the gold medal for the best individual performance on board two with a TPR of 2895, the highest in the history of Chess Olympiads. As of 1 January 2012 Emil Sutovsky is the ACP President.
Date of birth: February 28, 1990
World Ranking: 200
Anna Muzychuk is the number 3 female chess player in the world, after Judith Polgar and World Champion Hou Yifan. She earned the titles of Woman Grandmaster in 2004 and Grandmaster in 2012. Muzychuk won the 2010 World Junior Championship for Girls. She won the gold medal for the absolutely best performance on the first board in European Team Championship 2011. In June 2012, she was a co-winner of Kazan FIDE GP, which happened to be the strongest women's tournament in the history. Muzychuk is the leader of the ACP Women's Tour 2012.