Many chess aficionados have been looking forward to this moment: the entry for the amateur groups of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 will start at 10 am on 29 October. What can chess lovers wish for more than being able to play their own tournament at a stone’s throw from the battleground of the world’s best grandmasters? This is one of the elements that make ‘the Wimbledon of Chess’ so special. Not only in Wijk aan Zee, where 1,700 chess players from all over the world will sit down behind the boards, but also elsewhere in the Netherlands chess fever is running high again. The grandmasters of the Tata Steel Masters will also go on tour again. They will play in Alkmaar on Wednesday 16 January and in Leiden on Wednesday 23 January. The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 27 January 2019.
During the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2019 the Grandmasters of the Tata Steel Masters will play their 10th round in Leiden on Wednesday 23 January. This follows the announcement earlier this year that the grandmasters will play their 5th round in Alkmaar in Theater de Veste on Wednesday 16 January. The exact location of Tata Steel Chess on Tour in Leiden will be announced soon. For the sixth time in the history of the tournament the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will go ‘on tour’.
On Friday September 14th, at 10 am the chairwoman of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament rang the bell of the famous cheese market of Alkmaar. This is the traditional start of the market. Our chairwoman was invited by the mayor and municipality of Alkmaar. Before she visited the market, Myra Rooselaar, together with Jeroen van den Berg (tournament director), Coenraad Spaans (Director Operations Tubes, Tata Steel) and a delegation of the tournament organisation were welcomed by Pieter Dijkman in the city hall.
On Thursday March 22 of this year, we heard about the sad news that Johan Wilhelm van Hulst passed away. He reached the age of 107 years and 53 days.
In 2019, during the 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, the Grandmasters of the Tata Steel Masters are playing in Alkmaar.
The jubilee 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is done and dusted and after an exciting last day we have two new champions: Magnus Carlsen in the Masters and Vidit Gujrathi in the Challengers.
In case there are more winners in the Tata Steel Masters, a tiebreak will decide about the player who will win the Trophy. Money prizes will be shared.
Today’s penultimate round was once again filled with fighting chess and the scene was set for what will be a thrilling showdown tomorrow – the final round starts at 12pm CET, one and half hour earlier than usual.
There were three decisive results in the Masters as the action returned to Wijk aan Zee for the final weekend of this year’s Tata Steel Chess event.
Yesterday’s 10th round was played in the stunning Academy Building of Groningen University, the second and last Tata Steel Chess on Tour stop, with a massive turnout of 3000 spectators throughout the day. They were rewarded with spectacular games, four decisive results and appearances in the commentary room (which was open to the public) by Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik and Giri.
After all the drama from Sunday’s round 8, we only had one decisive game in the Masters today but what a result that was…
It doesn’t get any better in terms of chess excitement than what we witnessed during yesterday’s 8th round here in Wijk aan Zee – a total of eight decisive games and pure drama in one of them.
During the Tata Steel chess tournament several activities for children were organised. One of these activities was the Dune water tournament in Fletcher Hotel Zeeduin in Wijk aan Zee on January 20th.
Yesterday’s 7th round was the bloodiest yet in the Masters, with no less than four decisive games!
After yesterday’s stormy rest day in Wijk aan Zee (there were winds of up to 140km/hour) the players reconvened at De Moriaan for round 6 of this year’s Tata Steel Chess Tournament today.
For today’s 5th round the Masters moved to the stunning ‘Beeld en Geluid’ (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) in Hilversum – this year’s first Chess on Tour stop.
Round 4 of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament once again provided chess fans onsite and those watching online from all over the world with many exciting games and a lot of decisive results.
After three rounds both sections have two co-leaders, all on 2.5/3: Giri and Anand in the Masters and Vidit and Korobov in the Challengers.
Dutch player Anish Giri is the sole tournament leader on a perfect 2/2 score after yesterday’s round, which once again saw three decisive results in both the Masters and the Challengers.
The jubilee 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament got off to a flying start as both the Masters and the Challengers groups produced many exciting battles and three decisive games each.