The strongest Swiss of the year (and maybe even ever) has just started in Qatar. The 2015 Qatar Masters has World Champion Magnus Carlsen as top seed, with Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Wesley So and Sergey Karjakin filling the next 4 slots. The bottom half of the 132 player field starts at 2500, and includes IM Moulthun Ly from Australia, who is seeded 83rd.
Play begins at 11pm Canberra time, and live coverage is available via http://www.qatarmastersopen.com/english/ Ly has drawn Ruslan Ponomariov as his round 1 opponent, on Board 17. The tournament runs from today until the 29th of December, with the 25th being a rest day.