The 2018 GRENKE Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin held in Germany from 31 March to 9 April.

The 2018 GRENKE Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin held in Germany from 31 March to 9 April.

The 2018 GRENKE Chess Classic is a 10-player round-robin held in Germany from 31 March to 9 April. The first 3 rounds are in Karlsruhe alongside the GRENKE Chess Open, then after a rest day the last 6 rounds are in the Kulturhaus LA8 in Baden-Baden. The field features World Champion Magnus Carlsen and fellow Top 10 players Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Vishy Anand and Levon Aronian, as well as women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan. The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If players are tied for first place a rapid play-off will take place.

Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen Norway, b. 30/11/1990, rating 2843 (World Champion)

Grandmaster Levon Aronian Armenia, b. 06/10/1982, rating 2797

Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France, b. 21/10/1990, rating 2793

Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana USA, b. 30/07/1992, rating 2784

Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand India, b. 11/12/1969, rating 2779

Grandmaster Nikita Vitiugov Russia, b. 04/02/1987, rating 2732

Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch Azerbaijan, b. 25/10/1985, rating 2705

Grandmaster Hou Yifan China, b. 27/02/1994, rating 2654

Grandmaster Georg Meier Germany, b. 27/08/1987, rating 2647

Grandmaster Matthias Bluebaum Germany, b. 18/04/1997, rating 2635