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NH Tournament: Rising Stars vs Experienced Grandmasters
Sergey Karjakin. Once the youngest grandmaster in the world (remember, twelve years and seven months!), Karjakin is now, at seventeen, a top-level GM with a daunting 2678 rating. His closest rivals will be Ivan Cheparinov (2657), the second of Topalov who cooked up so many brilliant novelties for the former world champion, and Dutch hope Daniel Stellwagen (2631). The Rising Stars team is completed by Dutch grandmaster Jan Smeets (2538) and fourteen-year-old Parimarjan Negi (2529) from India, who in the past year was the youngest grandmaster in the world. Their task will not be easy against an Experience team composed of living legends who are truly brimming with experience. Top-seed Alexander Beliavsky (2653) had the best performance overall last year (even better than Carlsens) and will try his best to spoil the youngsters dreams. He is supported in this ambition by his team mates Predrag Nikolic (2646), Alexander Khalifman (2632), Artur Jussupow (2583) and Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2550).