General information for grandmaster groups


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on 16 January 2016. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 31 January 2016, which begins at 12.00pm.

Time control

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves. Then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move. The time controls for the professional groups and amateur groups are different.

January 2016 playing schedule (Masters & Challengers)

1st RoundSat, 16 Jan
2nd RoundSun, 17 Jan
3rd RoundMon, 18 Jan
4th RoundTues, 19 Jan
5th (Challengers)Wed, 20 Jan
5th (Masters)**Thurs, 21 Jan (A'dam)
6th RoundFri, 22 Jan
7th RoundSat, 23 Jan
8th RoundSun, 24 Jan
Free dayMon, 25 Jan
9th RoundTues, 26 Jan
10th (Masters)**Wed, 27 Jan (Utrecht)
Free dayThurs, 28 Jan
11th RoundFri, 29 Jan
12th RoundSat, 30 Jan
13th RoundSun, 31 Jan
* All rounds start at 1.30PM, except the last round, that starts at 12:00 noon.
** Rounds in Amsterdam and Utrecht start at 2.00PM