Glittering line-up for Chessable Masters complete as Aronian confirms his return

Armenian star is the final name added to the roster for the $100,000 event starting on July 31
Chessable Masters full line-up

Three more names have been added to the roster for the Chessable Masters meaning the glittering line-up is now complete.

Levon Aronian, Vladislav Artemiev and Pentala Harikrishna take their places among the 16 top stars who will battle away to win the eighth leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

Levon Aronian in the Chessable Masters

Aronian is the world number 5 and enters the tournament on the back of his stunning win in the Goldmoney Asian Rapid last month.

The Armenian, who is expected to switch to representing the US in August, will be one of the hot favourites to win the event overall.

Vladislav Artemiev

Artemiev, however, may have other ideas. The young Russian is the man Aronian beat in the Goldmoney final and will be out for revenge.

Artemiev was making his Tour debut and will surely come back stronger.

Harikrishna, meanwhile, is India’s number 2 and is representing the title sponsor Chessable, who he is an ambassador for.

Harikrishna is an extremely popular player and will have plenty of fans roaring him on.

All eyes will also be on Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun and 12-year-old youngest ever grandmaster Abhimanyu Mishra, who were announced previously.

As well as Aronian, the top seeds are Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja and Hikaru Nakamura.

Humpy Koneru is the reigning Women’s World Rapid Champion and will be making her debut. Another new face on the tour is the Venezuelan Eduardo Iturrizaga, who has recently switched to playing for Spain.

The five remaining players are Vietnam’s Liem Quang Le, Dutch destroyer Jorden van Foreest, Spanish champion David Anton, India’s Adhiban Baskaran and Norwegian prospect Aryan Tari.

The event will be without World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who beat Anish Giri in the final of the 2020 Chessable Masters, but is currently in action in the FIDE World Cup in Sochi.

Kick-off time or the $100,000 event this Saturday is 17:00 CEST and coverage with move-by-move commentary will be available on this site or chess24.com.

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