Visit the Main Event
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament traditionally takes place in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland. Starting in 2014, we also host two Tata Steel Chess On Tour events at other exciting locations in the Netherlands. The Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht and Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam hosted our 2016 Chess On Tour events. De Kuip in Rotterdam and De Philharmonie in Haarlem were the hosts in 2017. Locations for the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament are Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum and the Academy building of the University of Groningen.
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the 'round robin' system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. Both the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers have 14 participants.
Admission to the Tata Steel Chess venues is free of charge.
With its unique characteristic of amateurs playing in the very same room as Grandmasters, our tournament appeals to chess lovers from around the world. Many will visit the tournament to put their skills to the test against fellow players, while others will be hoping to simply catch a glimpse of their chess heroes. For those who cannot be there in person, live commentary is provided online during the tournament.
Whatever their reason is for visiting the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, everyone can expect an unrivalled chess experience.
During the tournament live commentary is provided by famous chess masters. Click here to see the commentator schedule.
During the weekends of the chess tournament, the Chess Express will drive around Wijk aan Zee bringing visitors and residents to the various locations of the tournament.
Inspiring future generations
For many years the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has been setting a benchmark for inspiring the next generation of chess players. The development of strategic thinking in youngsters playing chess has been well documented by leading educational experts.
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament gives youngsters the chance to develop and test their skills in a fun environment. Children of all ages can watch their idol at work in the Grandmaster events and take inspiration from this as they come face-to-face with their peers in the children’s events. This year there are around 1,000 children participating in simultaneous chess games throughout the tournament, including the Tata - Kids of Steel Chess events.
Tata - Kids of Steel is a European initiative run by Tata Steel. The events are fully inclusive and give youngsters aged between 8 and 13 the chance to participate in fun activities that improve their health and wellbeing. Good luck to every youngster taking part this year. I look forward to seeing you at the tournament.