Announcement Masters Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020


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.

Theo Henrar, chairman of Tata Steel Nederland: “One of this year’s themes will be the linking pin character of chess. In cooperation with the municipality of Eindhoven, PSV, Brainport and local chess clubs we will organise tournaments and seminars. In doing so we will link professional sports, talent development and physical and mental fitness. For children we will organise a special Chess Festival weekend and a big tournament in Eindhoven.”

Special mix
Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg: “The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a very special mix of participants. With six grandmasters making their debut the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 will be a clash between the establishment and talented young players. Jorden van Foreest, Vladislav Artemiev, Jeffery Xiong, Alireza Firouzja and Jan-Krzysztof Duda are all 21 years-old or younger. At 16 Iranian super talent Firouzja is the youngest participant. He is going through a rapid development and is seen by some as a potential heir to Carlsen’s throne. Firouzja will make his debut in the Tata Stel Masters, as will Artemiev, Xiong, Yu, Dubov and Kovalev. 23-year-old Daniil Dubov could also be responsible for a few surprises. He is in very good shape at the moment. The Tata Steel Masters group has an average rating of 2743. At many tournaments I only see the world’s absolute top players facing off, but I personally prefer a more mixed playing field. That is reflected in the 2020 field of participants. It will be very interesting to see how young talented players perform against the world’s best players. That is what makes the 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament already very fascinating long before the first moves will have been made.”

Participants Tata Steel Masters 2020

Name                                     Country            Rating             World Ranking

Magnus Carlsen                     Norway             2870                         1

Fabiano Caruana                   U.S.A.               2822                         2

Anish Giri                               Netherlands      2776                         5

Ian Nepomniachtchi               Russia              2773                         6

Wesley So                              U.S.A.              2760                        12

Viswanathan Anand               India                 2757                        13

Yu Yangyi                               China               2753                        15

Jan-Krzysztof Duda                Poland             2748                         20

Vladislav Artemiev                  Russia             2731                         25

Alireza Firouzja                       Iran                 2720                         29

Jeffery Xiong                           U.S.A.             2712                         33

Daniil Dubov                            Russia            2676                         58

Vladislav Kovalev                    Belarus           2674                         63

Jorden van Foreest                 Netherlands    2632                        142

The field of participants of the Tata Steel Challengers will be announced on 25th November.