Last weekend the Tata Steel Chess Festival took place in Wijk aan Zee. Children could participate in a variety of activities including the Tata Kids of Steel® games, where a nice medal could be earned. About 2,000 visitors enjoyed the two-day family festival in Wijk aan Zee.
These are the results of the eight round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the seventh round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the sixth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the fifth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
At 2 pm the world’s best chess players started the 5th round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Philips Stadion of PSV in Eindhoven. The round was opened by PSV player Daniel Schwaab in the presence of PSV director Toon Gerbrands, sports alderman Stijn Steenbakkers and Theo Henrar (chairman of the board of Tata Steel Netherlands).
The international grandmasters of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament played their friendly football match at the Telstar FC stadium this afternoon. World champion Magnus Carlsen and Loek van Wely (grandmaster and currently a Dutch senator) were the team captains. They entered the field accompanied by primary school pupils, who participated in the chess simultaneous for schools at Telstar. The two teams consisted of a combination of grandmasters and Telstar players. Bram van Diepstraten, sports alderman of the Municipality of Velsen, welcomed the players. The grandmasters demonstrated that mind sports and physical sports are a good combination, as they put their strategic insight behind the board in practice in the field. The final score was 8 - 5 for team Carlsen. Both teams have faced off before at Telstar: Team Van Wely won in 2016 and Team Carlsen was victorious in 2017.
On Thursday, January 16, the world’s chess talents of the Tata Steel Masters will play their 5th round in the Philips Stadium, the home ground of PSV.
These are the results of the fourth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the third round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the second round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
These are the results of the first round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020.
The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has started today. The strong field, comprising a mix of top ten players and young talent, will bring two weeks full of exciting and surprising games. World Champion Magnus Carlsen will face off against players like former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand (participating for the 20th time in Wijk aan Zee), Fabiano Caruana (number two in the world ranking), Dutchman Anish Giri and the young supertalent from Iran, Alireza Firouzja (16). The latter almost managed to beat Carlsen in the world blitz championship recently, but lost in winning position because he ran out of time. He ended second in a very strong field.
A rather remarkable football match will take place at Telstar FC (in Velsen-Zuid) on Wednesday 15 January. Chess grandmasters from the Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers will walk onto the field to play a friendly match with players from Telstar FC. It may be a friendly match, but the sportsmen are likely to be fiercely competitive, since that is typical for top players like world champion Magnus Carlsen. Team captains will be Magnus Carlsen and Loek van Wely, chess grandmaster and senator. Van Wely no longer fights Carlsen behind the board, but is bent on beating the world champion on Telstar’s football ground next week.
On the eve of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament grandmasters Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest visited the Philips Stadium, the home ground of PSV, in Eindhoven today. They attended a Meet and Greet with chess aficionados.
Since FIDE has sharpened the regulations for the abuse of mobile phones and tablets, the organization of Tata Steel Chess 2020 will be extra strict and alert. So the random inspections of players are possible in 2020. This will happen in all groups, both in the amateur section as in the Masters and Challengers Groups. Our arbiters are responsible for these controls.
Ian Nepomniachtchi, currently number 5 on the world ranking, has withdrawn from the 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The 29-year-old Russian has indicated that he is too tired after a long and heavy series of tournaments in 2019. He wants to take a break to prepare for the Candidates Tournament in Jekatarinaburg (15 March – 5 April 2020).
Tata Steel received an award for the long-term sponsorship of our chess tournament. Chairwoman Myra Rooselaar received the prestigious SponsorRing during the annual award show. We are very grateful for the support of Tata Steel to make the Tata Steel Chess Tournament possible.
Today’s announcement of the grandmasters of the Tata Steel Challengers means that the field of participants of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 is now complete. Both groups contain quite a few talented young players, who have the potential to rattle the cage of the establishment. In the Tata Steel Masters Anish Giri and Jorden van Foreest represent the Netherlands. The latter’s brother Lucas will participate in the Tata Steel Challengers once again. Other Dutchmen in the Tata Steel Challengers are Erwin l’Ami, Jan Smeets and Max Warmerdam.
World champion Magnus Carlsen will once again participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January. The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of his favourite tournaments: he will participate for the 16th time in Wijk aan Zee. Three other players of the world’s top ten grandmasters will participate: Fabiano Caruana (2), Dutchman Anish Giri (5) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (6). Former world champion Viswanathan Anand (13th on the world ranking) and former tournament winner Wesley So (12th) will also participate.
The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 10 – 26 January 2020. There will also be a Chess On Tour Event. The Tata Steel Masters will play their 5th round in the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Thursday 16 January. All rounds are open to the public free of charge and can also be followed online.