Vladimir Kramnik

Born 1975 in Tuapse/Russia;
Grandmaster 1992;
peak Elo rating: 2811;
actual Elo rating (as of 02-10-2010): 2783 and #8 on the current World ranking list.

World Champion 2000-2007

Chess Olympiad Gold Medal: 1992, 1994, 1996

Notable tournament victories:
Dortmund (10 times-winner!) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
Dos Hermanas 1996, 1997
Tilburg 1997
Wijk aan Zee 1998
Linares 2000, 2003, 2004
Moscow 2007
Tal Memorial 2009
Grand Slam Chess Final (Bilbao) 2010
Chess World Cup (Norway) 2013

The endgame virtuoso is one of the five players in chess history to cross the 2800 Elo barrier.

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Hikaru Nakamura

Born 1987 in Hirakata, Japan;
Grandmaster 2003;
peak Elo rating: 2789;
actual Elo rating (as of 02-10-2015): 2776 and #10 on the current World ranking list.

US Champion: 2005, 2009, 2012
World Team Chess Championship: Individual Gold Medal for board 1, 2010

Chess960 World Champion: 2009

Notable tournament victories:
Magistral D'Escacs, Barcelona 2007
Corsican circuit rapid chess tournamen 2007
GibTelecom Masters, Gibraltar 2008 (shared with Bu Xiangzhi)
Finet Chess960 Open, Mainz 2008
BNbank blitz tournament, Oslo 2008
Cap d'Agde Rapid Tournament, Cap d'Agde 2008
Donostia-San Sebastian Chess Festival, San Sebastian 2009 (tie with Ponomariov)
Tata Steel, Wijk aan Zee 2011
Univé tournament, Hoogeveen 2012

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Viswanathan Anand

Born 1969 in Chennai/India;
Grandmaster 1988;
peak Elo rating: 2817
actual Elo rating: 2797 (as of 02-10-2015) and #6 on the current World ranking list.

World Champion 2007-2013

World Champion (FIDE) 2000-2002

FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion 2003

Notable tournament victories:
Reggio Emilia 1992
Moscow 1992
Dortmund 1996, 2000, 2004
Dos Hermanas 1997
Wijk aan Zee 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006
Linares 1998
Morelia/Linares 2007, 2008
Chess Masters Final (Bilbao) 2014

The "Tiger from Madras" is one of the seven players in chess history to cross the 2800 Elo barrier.

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Fabiano Caruana

Born 1992 in Miami/Florida;
Grandmaster 2007 (youngest ever American to become a Grandmaster);
peak Elo rating: 2836
actual Elo rating (as of 02-10-2015): 2811 and #2 on the current World ranking list.

Italian Champion 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Notable tournament victories:
Corus C 2008
Corus B 2009
Mitropa Cup 2009 (Gold Medal at the first board)
AAI GM-Tournament (New Dehli) 2011
Reykjavik Open 2012
Dortmund 2012
Zurich Chess Challenge 2013
Sinquefield Cup (Saint Louis) 2014 (with a performance rating of 3106)

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Levon Aronian

aronianBorn 1982 in Yerevan, Armenia;
Grandmaster 2000;
peak Elo rating: 2830;
actual Elo rating (as of 02-10-2015): 2777 and #9 on the current World ranking list.

World Junior Champion: 2002
Chess Olympiad Gold Medal: 2006, 2008, 2010
World Team Chess Chamionship Gold Medal: 2011
Armenian Champion: 2002

Notable tournament victories:
Young Masters tournament, Lausanne 2001
World Cup in Khanty, Mansiysk 2005
International Chess Tournament, Linares 2006
Tal Memorial 2006 (shared with Leko & Ponomariov), 2010 (shared with Karjakin & Mamedyarov), 2011 (shared with Carlsen)
Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2007 (shared with Topalov and Radjabov), 2008 (shared with Carlsen)
Bilbao Masters 2009
World Rapid Chess Championship 2009,
Fide Grand Prix 2008-2010 2010,
Tata Steel, Wijk aan Zee 2012, 2014
Alekhine Memorial 2013
Grand Slam Chess Masters Final 2013

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Sergey Karjakin

karjakinBorn 1990 in Simferopol/Ukraine;
Grandmaster 2002;
peak Elo rating: 2788
actual Elo rating (as of 02-10-2015): 2760 and #12 on the current World ranking list.

Notable tournament victories:
Wijk aan Zee 2009
Tal Memorial 2010
Russien Super Final 2010
Kings Tournament (Basna) 2011
World Rapid Chess Championships (Astana) 2012
Norway Chess (Stavanger) 2013
World Team Chess Championship (Antalia) 2013
Norway Chess Classic 2014

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