Following the national and regional guidelines, it has been decided to focus solely on the 14 Tata Steel Masters for this edition.  And just as chess enthusiasts have come to expect from the tournament, this year’s selection of Grand Masters is just as exciting as it has been in other years.

Unfortunately, the current conditions to organise an approved and COVID-19 safe top sports event, do not allow for either the Tata Steel Challengers nor the amateur players to take part in the event. Equally attendance by public will not be possible due to COVID-19, though the live stream will make it possible to follow all the games.

As all side events have had to be cancelled for the same reasons and the main focus will be on providing the broadest fan base optimal online viewing opportunities to enjoy this 83rd edition.

The Tata Steel Masters will play against each other in 13 rounds in a round-robin tournament in De Moriaan in Wijk aan Zee. There will be an extensive online program for everyone to enjoy chess.

Rate of play Masters

100 Minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Tiebreak Rules – Tata Steel Masters

In case two players share first place in the Masters (if more players share the first prize, the first two players will be selected according to the criteria as stated below), they will play a tie-break after the last round, on Sunday 31, January 2021. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec and possible Armageddon in the third game (White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes, + 3 seconds increment as of move 60). Drawing of lots will be provided by the Chief Arbiter. A tie-break will start at 18.00 hours sharp.

If other games are still in progress then, they will be moved to a different section within De Moriaan, where they will be continued. The Chief Arbiter will decide when these games will be moved and players are expected to abide by this decision.

Tiebreak criteria for a play-off

  1. the mutual result;
  2. the Sonneborn-Berger score;
  3. the player with more number of games with black;
  4. drawing of lots.