The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is not only open to professionals (Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers) but also to amateurs. In addition, the tournament organises special chess events for journalists, politicians, local companies and even school children. On an average around 2,000 people play a game of chess during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament every year.
100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves. Then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move. The time controls for the professional groups and amateur groups are different.