Wijk aan Zee

Chess was cemented in the cultural DNA of Wijk aan Zee when the Hoogovens tournament moved from Beverwijk to Wijk aan Zee in 1968. Today Wijk aan Zee remains the location of the main tournament, where the Grandmasters play most of their games. 

About Wijk aan Zee

Wijk aan Zee is one of the best-kept secrets of the North Sea coast. The seaside location offers the widest sandbeach of the Netherlands and is located next to the beautiful dune reserve of Noord-Holland. Wijk aan Zee offers a lot of possibilities for recreation and relaxation. The open dune area is an excellent location if you love to walk or cycle. The beach is well-known as a (kite)surf spot. The village of Wijk aan Zee has been the host of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament since 1968. The town is inextricably linked to the Tata Steel Chess Tournament.