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The favorites include Norway’s Magnus Carlsen (No. 1), Russian former titleholder Vladimir Kramnik (No. 2), Armenia’s Levon Aronian (No. 3) and Teimour Radjabov (No. 4) of Azerbaijan.

Also in the field are Russians Alexander Grischuk (No. 10) and Peter Svidler (No. 14), Ukrainian stalwart Vassily Ivanchuk (No. 13) and Anand’s 2012 title challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel (No. 18). We’ll have some early action and highlights in the coming weeks.

Ju-Zatonskih, FIDE Women’s World Team Championship, March 2013

1. c4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 dxc4 4. Qa4+ Nd7 5. Bg2 a6 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qc2 Bb7 8. O-O Ngf6 9. Nc3 c5 10. d3 Bd6 11. a4 Bc6 12. e4 O-O 13. Rd1 e5 14. Qb3 Qc7 15. Be3 Qb7 16. Nh4 Rfe8 17. Nf5 Bf8 18. Nd5 Rab8 19. axb5 axb5 20. Rdc1 Re6 21. Ra2 Ng4 22. Rca1 Nxe3 23. Nfxe3 Qc8 24. Ra7 Rb7 25. Bh3 Re8 26. R7a6 Rb8 27. Qd1 b4 28. Qf3 Bb5 29. Ra7 Rb7 30. Nf5 Rxa7 31. Rxa7 Re6 32. Nxg7 Qb8 33. Nxe6 Qxa7 34. Ng5 Nb8 35. Nf6+ Kg7 36. Ngxh7 Bd7 37. Bxd7 Nxd7 38. Qg4+ Black resigns.

Gunina-Ju, FIDE Women’s World Team Championship, March 2013

1. d4 d6 2. c4 e5 3. Nf3 Nd7 4. Nc3 g6 5. dxe5 dxe5 6. Bg5 f6 7. Bd2 Nc5 8. Qc2 Be6 9. e4 c6 10. Be2 Nh6 11. Rd1 Nd7 12. O-O Nf7 13. Nh4 Bh6 14. Nf5 Bf8 15. Be3 Qc7 16. f4 exf4 17. Bxf4 Nfe5 18. Nd4 Bc5 19. Kh1 Bxd4 20. Rxd4 O-O 21. Qd2 Rae8 22. b3 Qa5 23. Rd6 Nc5 24. Bh6 Rf7 25. b4 Qxb4 26. Rd8 Re7 27. Rxf6 Ncd7 28. Nd5 Qa3 29. Qa5 Qd6 30. c5 1-0.

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.