The Field

Fabiano Caruana

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2823
Residence: 
United States of America
Age: 
24
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

At various times the No. 2 ranked player in the world Caruana became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months, 20 days. He was the youngest grandmaster in the history of the United States until this record was beaten in 2009 by Ray Robson. In October 2014 he achieved an Elo rating of 2844 becoming the third highest rated player in history.

Viswanathan Anand

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2779
Residence: 
India
Age: 
47
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

The former World Chess Champion and oldest player in the Tour field became India's first grandmaster in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002 and became the undisputed World Chess Champion in 2007. He defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008, Veselin Topalov in 2010 and Boris Gelfand in 2012 before finally losing the title to Magnus Carlsen in their World Chess Championship match in 2013.

Hikaru Nakamura

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2779
Residence: 
United States of America
Age: 
28
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

Nakamura is a four-time United States Chess Champion who also won the 2011 edition of the Tata Steel Group A. He has represented the United States at five Chess Olympiads, winning two team bronze medals. In May 2014, when FIDE began publishing its official rapid and blitz chess ratings, Nakamura was ranked number one in the world on both lists.

Veselin Topalov

Title: 
Grandmaster
Rating: 
2760
Residence: 
Bulgaria
Age: 
41
Status: 
Accepted
Bio: 

The Bulgarian number 1 became the FIDE World Chess Champion by winning the FIDE World Chess Championship in 2005. He lost his title in the 2006 World Chess Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik and was also narrowly defeated by Vishy Anand in their match for the World Chess Championship title in 2010.