Rising Stars vs. Experience

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Dam 9 Amsterdam

The NH Chess Tournament, organized by NH Hoteles in close cooperation with Association Max Euwe, Monaco, is a ‘Scheveningen’ team tournament between an ‘Experience’ team and a ‘Rising Stars’ team.

The ‘Experience’ team consists of Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Svidler (Russia), Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark), Loek van Wely (The Netherlands) and Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Serbia).

The ‘Rising Stars’ are Hikaru Nakamura (United States), Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Wesley So (The Philippines), Anish Giri (The Netherlands) and David Howell (England).

The NH Chess Tournament is a confrontation between a team of five young ‘Rising Stars’ and a team of five ‘Experienced’ grandmasters who can look back on impressive and glorious careers.

They play a ‘Scheveningen’ tournament, which means that each player of one team plays against each of the players of the other team. They do so twice, once with the white pieces and once with the black pieces.

The team that collects most points wins the tournament. However, there are additional prizes for individual results, which are specified in the tournament rules below.

The ‘Experience’ team consists of (next to their country their current Elo rating is given):

1 Boris Gelfand (Israel)
2 Peter Svidler (Russia)
3 Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark)
4 Loek van Wely (The Netherlands)
5 Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Serbia)

And these are the ‘Rising Stars’:

1 Hikaru Nakamura (United States)
2 Fabiano Caruana (Italy)
3 Wesley So (The Philippines)
4 Anish Giri (The Netherlands)
5 David Howell (England)

The players of the ‘Rising Stars’ team can invite a trainer to help them during the tournament. Family members are excluded. The seconds of the ‘Rising Stars’ are (in the same order):

1 Kris Littlejohn (United States)
2 Boris Avrukh (Israel)
3 Richard Bitoon (The Philippines)
4 Vladimir Chuchelov (Belgium)
5 Stephen Gordon (England)

Official website: http://www.nhchess.com

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