Today we announced that Chess On Tour will visit Eindhoven in 2020. On Thursday, January 16, the world’s chess talents of the Tata Steel Masters will play their 5th round in the PSV Stadium. Around the event special activities will be organized by the municipality and chess associations aimed at young people and chess as a social connecting element. The surrounding municipalities, the business community and Brainport in particular will also be involved in the activities. The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place from 10 to 26 January 2020. The second Chess On Tour location will be announced later this year.
This Saturday was a wonderful day for 80 children between 6 and 12 years from the region.
This morning Myra Rooselaar (Chairwoman of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament) and Serge Ferro (Alderman of Beverwijk) officially opened a new Max Euwe Chess Court in Beverwijk.
We are happy to announce that we are proud sponsor of the Global Chess Festival by Judit Polgar and will be looking forward to welcoming the ‘Future Champion of Europe’ at the 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (January 2020).
In January 2019, Alkmaar was Host City of Chess on Tour during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019. Last week, Grandmaster Lucas Van Foreest opened a chess table on the schoolyard of Primary School ‘Kardinaal de Jong’ together with Councilor Dijkman by playing a game of quick chess. A great new place in Alkmaar to learn chess, to play against each other and to meet new people.
Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (43) has just announced that he will end his career as a professional chess player. Kramnik was world champion from 2000 until 2007. He dethroned Garry Kasparov by beating him 8.5 – 6.5 in 2000. Kramnik didn’t lose a single game during this world championship match. He has won virtually all top tournaments, including the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (in 1998).
In their last round clash, Anish Giri tried to complicate matters with an exchange sacrifice but Magnus Carlsen had no problems neutralising the white threats and Anish soon offered a draw in an inferior position. With that result, Magnus Carlsen made it a record seventh victory at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament and also defended his title from last year.
Magnus Carlsen continued his strong showing in the tournament with a victory over Jan-Krzysztof Duda, leaving him on 8.5/12 and a spectacular 2902 performance.
It was yet another outstanding day of chess in Wijk aan Zee, with particularly a lot of late drama. The main story of the day is of course Anish Giri’s win over Sam Shankland, as the American grandmaster resigned in a drawn endgame.
Today the Masters participants set out for Leiden, where the second Tata Steel Chess on Tour round was played in the stunning Pieterskerk (St. Peter’s Church).
It looked like for the first time there would only be one decisive game in the Masters, but at 8pm Fedoseev scored a late win after tricking Radjabov in a rook ending.
It was yet another thrilling day of chess in Wijk aan Zee as we got no less than four wins in the Masters, and for once all were scored with the white pieces!
It was the bloodiest day yet as no less than seven games ended decisively across the two sections.
It was probably the most exciting round to date and the local fans got a lot to cheer for as the two Dutch participants in the Masters scored another double victory.
The 5th round of the Masters group, which was played at the Theater De Vest in Alkmaar, saw only two decisive games, but both were hugely significant.
Anish Giri scored a second black win after punishing Rapport for playing too enterprisingly in the middlegame, thus taking his score to 2.5/4 after starting with a loss.
Round 3 of the Tata Steel Masters was marked by Ian Nepomniachtchi’s victory over his compatriot Vladimir Kramnik – incidentally the first white win of this edition.
It was a good day for the two Dutch representatives in the Masters as both Anish Giri (against Kramnik) and Jorden van Foreest (against Duda) bounced back from their round 1 losses with impressive victories and what is more, both with the black pieces.
Chess fans have the opportunity to meet the best chess player of The Netherlands on Tuesday January 8th. Chess Grandmaster Anish Giri will visit theatre De Vest in Alkmaar. Giri is ranked fifth in the world and is currently preparing for the 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament that begins on January 11th, 2019 . Giri will be accompanied by Grandmaster Jorden van Foreest who is making his first appearance in the Tata Steel Masters this year. Chess expert Hans Böhm and Tournament Director Jeroen van den Berg are also attending this event. Chess fans will have the opportunity to play Giri, van Foreest or Böhm during this Meet and Greet. The event is free for all to visit and will be from 10.30AM – 12.30PM on Tuesday January 8th 2019 in Theatre De Vest (Canadaplein 2, Alkmaar). This is the same location where the Tata Steel Masters play the 5th round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
With a spectacular line-up of Masters and Challengers comes a spectacular line-up for the Live Commentary and the Livestream of course. For the 81st edition we have some great experts ready for you!