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Yeoh Li Tian

31 May, 2018
yeoh li tian

Country Malaysia
Born 1999
Title International Master
FIDE rating 2497 (May 2018)

 

Yeoh Li Tian is a Malaysian chess International Master. He is a former student of SMJK Katholik.

He won the Malaysian Chess Championship in 2015 and 2016 and played in the Chess World Cup 2017, being defeated by former world champion Viswanathan Anand in the first round.

Kenny Solomon

29 May, 2018
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Full name Kenneth Terence Solomon
Country South Africa
Born 8 October 1979 (age 38)Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa[1]
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2419 (May 2018) 2398 (September 2017)
Peak rating 2461 (January 2012)

 

Kenneth Terence Solomon (born 8 October 1979) is a South African chess grandmaster and FIDE Trainer (2005). He took up chess at the age of 13, inspired by his elder brother’s qualification for the Chess Olympiad in Manila in 1992. Borrowing a chess book from him to study, Solomon was soon taken under his brother’s wing to study and within two years, he was the South African Under-16 champion.

He has won the South African Championship in 2003 and the South African Open three times, in 1999, 2005 and 2007, and was also the top ranked South African in 2003. He became an International Master in 2004. During the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul Solomon earned his final GM norm.

Although Solomon has never reached the required rating of 2500, he earned the Grandmaster title by winning the African Chess Championship in December 2014, thereby becoming the first chess grandmaster from South Africa[5] and the second from sub-Saharian Africa after Amon Simutowe.[6]

He qualified for the 2017 Chess World Cup where he was defeated by Fabiano Caruana in the first round. To read more click here

Fabiano Caruana

09 October, 2017
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Full name Fabiano Luigi Caruana
Country United States  Italy (2005–2015)
Born July 30, 1992,Miami, Florida, U.S.
Title Grandmaster (2007)
FIDE rating 2794 (October 2017)

 

Fabiano Luigi Caruana was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, in 1996 and soon started playing chess. Under the tutelage of USCF National Master Bruce Pandolfini, he kicked off his tournament career at the Polgár Chess Centre in Queens. GM Miron N Sher started coaching Caruana when the latter was 8. Caruana made his first appearance in FIDE-rated tournaments in February 2002 when he was 9 years old, playing in the New York February Congress and soon thereafter in the Edward Lasker Tuesday Grand Prix. He then moved with his family to Madrid in 2004 to pursue a professional career under the guidance of coach IM Boris A Zlotnik. The Caruana family then moved to Budapest in 2007 where Fabiano would train with GM Alexander Chernin. He also trained with GM Pal Benko, when Benko was spending summers in New Jersey, and online with GM Gregory Kaidanov. Read more..

Veselin Topalov

09 October, 2017
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Full name Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov
Country Bulgaria
Born 15 March 1975
Title Grandmaster (1992)
World Champion 2005–06 (FIDE)
FIDE rating 2749 (October 2017)

Topalov was born in Ruse, Bulgaria. His father taught him to play chess at the age of eight. Topalov quickly established himself as a chess prodigy. At age 12, Topalov began working with Silvio Danailov, a relationship that continues today.

In 1989 he won the World Under-14 Championship in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and in 1990 won the silver medal at the World Under-16 Championship in Singapore. He became a Grandmaster in 1992 and won in Terrassa. He shared first at the Budapest Zonal group B in 1993 but struggled at the Biel Interzonal, scoring 5.5/13.[2][3] He made his Olympiad debut in Moscow 1994, leading Bulgaria to a fourth-place, defeating Garry Kasparov on board one.[4]

Over the next ten years Topalov ascended the world chess rankings. He played in Linares 1994 (6½/13), Linares 1995 (8/13), Amsterdam 1995. In a strong run of tournament performances in 1996 he placed third at Wijk aan Zee, tied for first at Amsterdam, Vienna and Madrid,[5] won outright at Novgorod and shared first in Dos Hermanas.[6] As early as 1996, he was being invited to events for the world's elite such as Las Palmas (5/10), the first category 21 tournament, played in December 1996, with Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik and Karpov participating. The next year he won at Antwerp and Madrid.Read more..

Vishwanathan Anand

09 October, 2017
viswanathan anand

Full name Anand Vishwanathan
Country India
Born 11 December 1969 
Title Grandmaster (1988)
FIDE rating 2783 (October 2017)

 

Vishwanathan Anand ("Vishy" to his fans) was the 15th undisputed World Champion, reigning from 2007 until 2013. He was also FIDE World Champion from 2000-2002. Anand was born in 1969 in Mayiladuthurai, a small town in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, but grew up in Chennai. His mother taught him to play chess, aged six.

Anand became India's first grandmaster in 1988.[3] He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. He then defended his title in the World Chess Championship 2010 against Veselin Topalov and in the World Chess Championship 2012[4] against Boris Gelfand. In the World Chess Championship 2013 he lost to challenger Magnus Carlsen and he lost again to Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2014.[5]

Magnus Carlsen

09 October, 2017
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Full name Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen
Country Norway
Born 30 November 1990

FIDE rating 2826 (October 2017)

Magnus Carlsen (full name: Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen) is the 16th undisputed World Champion. He won the crown from Viswanathan Anand in November 2013 and successfully defended it in a return contest with the former title holder in November 2014.

Known for his attacking style as a teenager, Carlsen has since developed into a more universal player. He uses a variety of openings in order to make it more difficult for opponents to prepare against him and minimize the effect of computer analysis.[1] Carlsen has stated that the middlegame is his favorite part of the game because it "comes down to pure chess."[2] His positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former World Champions Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Vasily Smyslov, and José Raúl Capablanca.

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