All Tata Steel Masters

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament attracts the very best chess Grandmasters in the world. Visitors to the tournament have witnessed the domination of the biggest names in the chess world including Magnus Carlsen and Gary Kasparov.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament Masters 2019 are:

GMCarlsen, MagnusNOR28351
GMMamedyarov, ShakhriyarAZE28173
GMDing, LirenCHN28134
GMGiri, AnishNED27835
GMKramnik, VladimirRUS27777
GMAnand, ViswanathanIND27738
GMNepomniachtchi, IanRUS276313
GMRadjabov, TeimourAZE275714
GMDuda, Jan-KrzysztofPOL273818
GMRapport, RichardHUN273224
GMShankland, SamuelUSA272429
GMFedoseev, VladimirRUS271931
GMVidit, Santosh GujrathiIND270143
GMVan Foreest, JordenNED2614189

Average rating: 2753
Category: 21

FIDE-ratings of December 2018



We will be introducing our Masters one by one over the coming weeks:

Shakriyar Mamadyarov

2017 was the year of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. At the start of that year, Mamedyarov was ranked 13th on the FIDE Rating listand exactly one year later we found him back on the third place, with just behind Carlsen and Caruana. It has happened more than once that players have difficulties maintaining such a high position, but not so for Shakh! On the contrary, he kept on playing very well in 2018 with a highlight in Biel, where he won the traditional tournament with the impressive score of 7,5-11. He ended 1,5 points ahead of Nr. 2 Magnus Carlsen, whom he beat 1,5-0,5 in their mutual encounter. The two times World Junior Champion will play for the 5th time in the Masters. His best result in Wijk aan Zee was in 2018, when he shared 3rd place with Vladimir Kramnik. With his attacking style and huge self-confidence he is definitely one of the favourites again in the 81st  edition. The secret of his run to the top? ‘A more stable life’, Shakh said in an interview. He got married in 2017 and became a father in 2018.

Country: Azerbaijan

Photo: Alina l'Ami

Anish Giri

Young Dutch superstar Anish Giri came to Holland in his early teens, and mastered the language fluently in no time. The Tata Steel Chess Ambassador led a ‘normal life’ in high school, not far away from his hometown Rijswijk, where he used to live with his parents. Meanwhile he managed to become a top grandmaster, which proves his huge talent and intelligence. After having finished his school, Giri became a professional. Wijk aan Zee has no secrets for Anish. He will play for the 11th time in a row in our tournament, having participated in all three groups (A, B and C). Since 2011 Anish has played in the Masters, with three second places and one fourth place as his best achievements so far. Actually his best result ever was last year, when he shared first place with no one less than Magnus Carlsen. Only after the tiebreak (1,5-0,5 in favour of Carlsen), Giri had to accept that he became second in the tournament. Giri  is still known as one of World’s best prepared opening players, while he is also known as practically unbeatable. After 2016 and 2017 did not bring him the successes he was hoping for, the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament was a kind of turning point, because in 2018 his results were just great. It brought Giri back in the World Top-5.

Country: Netherlands

Photo: Alina 'Ami

Vladimir Kramnik

Before last year, it had been quite a while since ‘Big Vlad’ played in our tournament: 2011 was the last time, before he came back to Wijk aan Zee in 2018. It will be his 13th appearance. His first tournament was in 1998, where he shared first place with his friend and rival Viswanathan Anand. It has been his only tournament victory so far. It is always a pleasure to have Kramnik around, so we are glad that he accepted the invitation to come back in 2019! The former World Champion (2000 - 2007) is still very active as a player, despite the fact that the now 43 years old once ‘threatened’ to quit chess at the age of 40… Kramnik is still difficult to beat, all his opponents respect him a lot, also the ones from the new generation. Obviously he has lots of fun playing chess nowadays. His games are always full of energy and he produces lots of fighting chess, which is great news for his huge number of chess fans. Kramnik shared 3rd place in 2018, with the fantastic score of six wins, two losses and only five draws. When in the same form, Vladimir is automatically top candidate again to fight for first place in 2019!

Country: Russia

Photo: Alina l'Ami