Drawing of lots Masters and opening Tata Steel Chess Tournament


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. 

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament will see Carlsen and Firouzja play each other in classical chess for the first time. Chess aficionados worldwide have been looking forward to this moment. The most striking outcome of the drawing of lots for the games of round one was that Anish Giri will have to play against world champion Magnus Carlsen.

Wijk aan Zee: centre of the universe

Theo Henrar, chairman of the board of Tata Steel Netherlands: “Tata Steel and Chess are inextricably linked, a relationship that goes back 82 years. Working together with the inhabitants of Wijk aan Zee we make sure that the town is the centre of the universe for two weeks once again, or at least of the chess universe.

The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 10 – 26 January 2020. The grandmasters will also go on tour again. The Tata Steel Masters will play their 5th round at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on 16 January, as part of the Chess On Tour event. All rounds are open to the public free of charge and can also be followed online.

Steel and chess: creativity and innovation

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a long tradition. Starting as an employee tournament, it has grown into an international tournament of world class renown, for which grand masters and amateurs alike will clear their diaries. Tata Steel has chosen for chess, because chess entails strategic thinking and focuses on finding creative solutions for complex issues. Tata Steel has that very same focus. Steelmaking is a high-tech process with a crucial role for innovation. Tata Steel employees are continuously and relentlessly working on finding clever solutions to improve processes and products. That is how Tata Steel is able to provide top products to its customers, allowing them to distinguish themselves in their markets. At the same time Tata Steel contributes to creating a sustainable society through its product and process innovations.