Masters Tata Steel Chess play soccer at Telstar

On Wednesday afternoon, January 18, Telstar’s BUKO stadium will traditionally host another special soccer match. A number of chess masters from the Tata Steel Masters will enter the field to play a friendly soccer match with players from the Telstar selection.

After a warm-up, the match will begin at 3 p.m. Interested parties can sit in the main grandstand for free. The grandmasters will play 30 minutes twice. On Thursday, January 19, the Tata Steel Masters will again play in a soccer stadium. Then the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam will be the setting. There, under the name ‘Tata Steel Chess On Tour’, the Masters will play the 5th round of their tournament.

Youth chess simul

The soccer match is not the only thing on the program Wednesday afternoon at Telstar. About 100 children from elementary schools and chess clubs in the region will play a chess simultaneous against chess professionals Hans Böhm, Jop Delemarre and Sacha Valster the same afternoon from 3:15 p.m. in the stadium. So tradition, too, returns.

The 85th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place in Wijk aan Zee and started Jan. 13. The tournament will last until January 29, 2023. All playing days are open to interested parties free of charge after registration and can also be followed online.


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