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!
Rabobank IJmond has become location partner of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. During the first week of the chess tournament Rabobank will, in collaboration with the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, organise various event in the Rabobank IJmond Stadium of Telstar. The stadium will host the chess simultaneous for youth as well as events for employees and business relations.
The field of participants of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 is complete. Today the organisation announced the 14th grandmaster of the Tata Steel Masters and all participants of the Tata Steel Challengers. Richard Rapport (Hungary) will sit down behind the board to battle world champion Magnus Carlsen, former world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand and Dutch favourite Anish Giri. Rapport is known for his bold and offensive style of playing. To everyone’s surprise he beat Carlsen two years ago. Brothers Jorden and Lucas van Foreest will both participate, the former making his debut in the Tata Steel Masters and the latter participating in the Tata Steel Challengers for the second time. Other Dutchmen in the Tata Steel Challengers are Erwin l’Ami and Stefan Kuipers.
World champion Magnus Carlsen, who is currently defending his title in London, will once again participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament next January, the organisation announced today. Five other players of the world’s top ten grandmasters will participate: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3), Ding Liren (4), Anish Giri (5), Vladimir Kramnik (7) and Viswanathan Anand (8). The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 11 – 27 January 2019. There will also be two Chess On Tour events. The Tata Steel Masters will play the 5th round in Theater de Vest in Alkmaar on Wednesday 16 January and will play the 10th round in the Pieterskerk in Leiden on Wednesday 23 January. All rounds are open to the public free of charge and can also be followed online.
Many chess aficionados have been looking forward to this moment: the entry for the amateur groups of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 will start at 10 am on 29 October. What can chess lovers wish for more than being able to play their own tournament at a stone’s throw from the battleground of the world’s best grandmasters? This is one of the elements that make ‘the Wimbledon of Chess’ so special. Not only in Wijk aan Zee, where 1,700 chess players from all over the world will sit down behind the boards, but also elsewhere in the Netherlands chess fever is running high again. The grandmasters of the Tata Steel Masters will also go on tour again. They will play in Alkmaar on Wednesday 16 January and in Leiden on Wednesday 23 January. The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 27 January 2019.