At the Tata Steel Chess Tournament we see sponsors as true partners, who make a valuable contribution to the continuous improvement of our tournament. And now, perhaps even more than ever, we appreciate immensely their continued support in these challenging times.
We have asked a number of our partners and sponsors what their experiences are of this year’s special edition.
Ilse Zaal – Delegate Provincie Noord-Holland
“The province of North-Holland is a proud sponsor of this special edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Tata Steel has been able to organise this classic international chess tournament for grandmasters and chess lovers from all over the world, who can watch the games live online. Chess is becoming more popular every day and the community of this chess tournament is growing. Hope to see you online.”
Hanneke Niele – Alderman Gemeente Beverwijk
“Now that so many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, it’s great a tournament like the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is taking place. Especially because fans can easily follow all the excitement online, during the live stream. I have heard that at peak moments more than 40,000 people have watched the live stream simultaneously. These numbers show the reach of this tournament is even bigger than we thought in advance.
Chess is a sport which is played worldwide, and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is an international event. Chess has a universal language and is therefore pre-eminently a means of connecting people. All this proves chess can connect people all over the world, even during COVID-19. It can be a source of entertainment, but chess can also provide a distraction from the woes of the pandemic.”
Aldo van Troost – Jaguar Land Rover
“The Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Netherlands is one of the most prestigious events on the international sports calendar, nicknamed ‘the Wimbledon of Chess’. Jaguar Land Rover Netherlands is proud to arrange the courtesy cars for the world’s best players when they are visiting our country as we have done for many years.”
Robrecht Bakker – SAB Detachering
“We support the Tata Steel Chess Tournament because it brings people together, just like we do. We also value technical understanding and strategy, which are both crucial in chess. And last but not least, we love traditions, which is reflected in our longstanding relationship with Tata Steel!”
Ruud Korten – de Moriaan
“It is been a great honour for ‘de Moriaan’ to be used as the main venue which hosts the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for such a long time. This is a world-class tournament which we are proud to host in our small community of Wijk aan Zee. And we’re particularly proud and thankful that even under the current challenging circumstances, Tata Steel and the Municipality of Beverwijk have chosen to host the 14 grandmasters and the organisation again here. Hopefully next year we can welcome the many visitors who used to attend in person at ‘de Moriaan’ again.”
Maike Klijbroek –Strandhotel Hoge Duin
“We are very glad to be able to welcome almost all chess players again in the hotel during a bizarre time and to see that everyone is very satisfied despite the limited service we can offer! It feels like a large family, each and everyone has the same aim: to support a successful & healthy Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. We are very proud to be part of it!”