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 (if more players share first place, the first two players will be selected, according to criteria listed below), they will play a tiebreak. This consists of two blitz games, possibly followed by an Armageddon game. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec. An Armageddon game will consist of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black, with a 3 second increment after the 60th move. 

Tiebreak criteria for a play-off in case more than two players share first place: 

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

Drawing of lots will be done by the Chief Arbiter.


  • A tiebreak will start at 18:00 hours sharp.
  • There will be 5-minute breaks between the two blitz games.
  • In case of an Armageddon game, there will first be a drawing of lots by the arbiter, after which there will be a five-minute break.
  • In case one of the tiebreak Grandmasters’ final games has not finished by 17:30 hours, there will be a half-hour break between the last move in the last of these games and the start of the tiebreak.