Baden-Baden (Germany): Considered the favourite to lift the title, world champion Viswanathan Anand has been given the top billing at the Grenke Chess Classic and will take on Michael Adams of England in the first round.
     
After his third place finish in the Tata Steel Chess tournament, Anand will look to score his first classical tournament victory in quite some time.
     
The six-player double round-robin tournament has Fabiano Caruana of Italy as the second seed and only one who looks capable of giving the world champion a run for his money.
     
Besides Adams, the German trio of Arkaditsch Naiditsch, Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier complete the lineup.
     
There will 10 rounds in all with February 12 selected as the sole rest day.
     
The time control will be under classical chess rules with 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 for the next 20 and then a 15 minutes to both players with a 30 seconds increment from move one. The draw agreement is not allowed before move 40.
     
At 43 years, the the Indian ace starts as the oldest participant ahead of Adams, 41. Caruana is the youngest in the lot at 20 and has a lot to prove after a dismal show in the Tata Steel tournament.

(Agencies)

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