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FAQ

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  • Can I visit the Tata Steel Chess Tournament?

    The 85th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is open to public on all playing days. In 2023, daily registration is mandatory for everyone prior to visiting the tournament. Registration will be free of charge. more information and registration via visitor information.

  • How can I follow the tournament online?

    There will be an extensive online programme for everyone who enjoys chess and wants to follow the 85th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. More information about our international live stream will follow as soon as possible.  

    Follow our tournament already via our social media channels!

    Instagram – @tatasteelchess

    Facebook – @tatasteelchess

    Twitter – @tatasteelchess

    YouTube – @tatasteelchess

  • Can I bring my bag when I visit the Tata Steel Chess Tournament?

    Small bags with a size of up to A4 and approximately 10 cm thick are allowed and may be taken inside. Large bags are not allowed in the playing venues, hence we recommend that you leave large bags at home or in your car.

  • Is it necessary to print my e-ticket prior to my visit to the Moriaan or the Johan Cruijff ArenA?

    It is not necessary to print your e-ticket. The e-ticket can also be shown on your telephone at the entrance of the playing venues.

  • Can I re-enter the playing venues during my visit to the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023 as the e-ticket is only scannable once?

    The moment you want to leave the venue and come back later, please go to the reception/registration desk. There you will receive a stamp to re-enter the playing venue at any time later that day.

  • What time will the doors open for visitors?

    The doors of the Moriaan will open at 11:00 hours, from that time onwards visitors are welcome in the bar of the Moriaan. The playing hall will open at 13:30 hours for visitors.

  • Is registration necessary for visiting the Moriaan?

    Registration is required for entering the Moriaan. This includes the playing hall and also the bar.

Tournament

  • When will the Tata Steel Chess Tournament take place and where?

    The 85th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from Friday the 13th till Sunday the 29th of January 2023. The main playing venue of the event is “Dorpshuis De Moriaan”, located in Wijk aan Zee.  

    Address Dorpshuis de Moriaan 
    Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG 
    Wijk aan Zee  

  • What is the playing schedule of the Tata Steel Masters and Challengers

    The Grandmasters will play against each other in 13 rounds in a round-robin tournament, round one starting Saturday the 14th of January. All rounds start at 14:00 hours CET, except for the final round on Sunday 29 January. This round starts at 12:00 hours CET.  

    Rest days for the Masters group are scheduled on Wednesday 18 (Challengers will play round five this day), Monday 23 and Thursday 26 January 2023. 

    The fifth round of the Masters group will be played in another host city during Chess on Tour on Thursday 19 January. More information about Chess on Tour will follow soon.  

  • Which international top chess grandmasters will play in the 2023?

    With both the number one and number two in the world (Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren), five top 10 players and a total of eight top 20 players, the Masters group of the jubilee edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a very strong field of participants. The 85th edition promises to be an exciting battleground, as a number of great talents are also present to compete with the world class players. The tournament will take place from 13 to 29 January 2023 in Dorpshuis de Moriaan, Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. 

    Check the full list of Masters here

Amateurs

  • What amateur tournaments will be played?

    After two years of absence due to the covid-19 pandamic, the well-known amateur events of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be organised again. Three different tournaments are open to players of all levels.  

    • Weekend-three-round event (Weekendvierkamp) 13, 14 and 15 January 2023 
    • Weekday-three-round event (Dagvierkamp) 16, 17 and 18 January 2023 
    • Nine-round event (Tienkamp) from 20 until 29 January 2023  

    More information about the three amateur tournaments can be found on the amateur page.

  • Will my fee be refunded if I can not play anymore?

    Yes, it will be refunded

  • Can I still register for the amateur tournaments?

    Registration for the amateur tournaments during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023 opened 31 October 2021. The weekend three-round event and the nine-round event are fully booked, registration is no longer possible and there is a waiting list. For the weekday three-round event there is still room for registrations.

    You can register here

Tata Steel Chess Festival

  • When will the Tata Steel Chess Festival take place this edition?

    Yes, the Tata Steel Chess Festival will be organised again in Wijk aan Zee on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2023. More information about the program of the Chess Festival follows soon.  

Press & Media

  • How can I register for press and media access during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament?

    Press and media accreditation is required. An accreditation request does not guarantee accreditation. Requests will be assessed by the Media manager, who will have to strictly prioritise, taking into account the limited number of accreditations available. 

    The designated press and media areas within De Moriaan will only be accessible within certain timeframes. Outside these timeframes press and media will not be allowed to the designated areas and will no longer have access to it. 

    Request you media accreditation here.

  • How can I request interviews with the organisation or grandmasters as press and media officer?

    Press and media can request interviews with the organisation or grandmasters via the Media manager. An interview request does not guarantee there will be an interview. Requests will be assessed by the Media manager.

    David Selier
    david.selier@tatasteeleurope.com
    +316 54923037

    Tom Bottema
    tom@tatasteelchess.com
    +316 29270409

Other

  • Why has Tata Steel chosen to support chess?

    Tata Steel has chosen to sponsor chess as an international top sport, because chess entails strategic thinking and focuses on finding creative solutions for complex issues. Tata Steel has that very same focus. Steelmaking is a high-tech process with a crucial role for innovation. Tata Steel employees are continuously and relentlessly working on finding clever solutions to improve processes and products. 

    Apart from that, we believe that chess connects people from all over the world, which seems more important than ever before at the moment. Through #ChessConnects Tata Steel and its partners arrange ways to connect people through chess, with a special focus on young people. 

  • How is Tata Steel contributing to organising a sustainable event this year?

    At Tata Steel we strive to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. We are aware of our environmental responsibility – not only for our steelworks. It is our intention to further build on organising a sustainable chess tournament. For the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023, multiple themes have our focus. 

    • Nutrition – At the venue the public and crew catering offers healthy alternatives on the menu and will be served in sustainable packages; 
    • Transport – The organisation aims to involve local entrepreneurs as much as possible and aims to stimulate visitors and participants to use public transport as much as possible to arrive at the venue. 
    • Future generations – At Tata Steel we are a firm believer in the benefits of brain sports, especially for our ‘Future Generations’. Additionally, we witness time and again that people of different age, gender, culture and backgrounds build a bond and connect easily through the game of chess. We therefore activate the tournament through various school programmes in our own community and in those we visit with the Chess on Tour events to connect school children and positively impact their mental and social development. 
  • What are the benefits from the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the community?

    At Tata Steel we strive to have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate. The community of Wijk aan Zee is very important for us. This tournament is a great opportunity to attract public to the coastal community of Wijk aan Zee during the slow Winter month of January, as support to the local entrepreneurs.