The Tata Steel Chess Tournament traditionally takes place in the coastal village of Wijk aan Zee, North Holland. Since 2014 we also host two Tata Steel Chess On Tour events at other exciting locations in the Netherlands. The Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht and Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam hosted our 2016 Chess On Tour events. Locations for our 79th tournament will be announced closer to the time.


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has two main tournaments. They are played according to the ’round robin’ system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. The Tata Steel Masters has 14 participants and the Tata Steel Challengers has 14 participants. Both groups start on 14 January 2016. All rounds in Wijk aan Zee begin at 1.30pm, except for the last round on 29 January 2017, which begins at 12.00pm.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament

With its unique characteristic of amateurs playing in the very same room as Grandmasters, our tournament appeals to chess lovers from around the world. Many will visit the tournament to put their skills to the test against fellow players, while others will be hoping to simply catch a glimpse of their chess heroes. For those who cannot be there in person, live commentary is provided online during the tournament.

Whatever their reason for visiting the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, everyone can expect an unrivalled chess experience.
Live commentary

During the tournament there will be live commentary from famous chess masters. Click here to see the commentator schedule.

The most famous chess tournament on the planet, Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands, starts its 2017 edition this weekend with the first round free and live to watch online from 12.30pm on Saturday.

Its central theme will be Magnus Carlsen’s attempt to win by a clear margin and so reinforce the 26-year-old world champion’s ambitions to establish himself as the best player of all time ahead of the legends Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

Carlsen has a good opportunity because three of his major rivals, the world No2, Fabiano Caruana, and the dangerous Hikaru Nakamura from the US as well as France’s world No5, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, have all preferred to play at Tradewise Gibraltar, which starts on 24 January and is cementing its reputation as the best organised and strongest open tournament.

The Norwegian still faces two top-class challengers. Russia’s Sergey Karjakin will be out for revenge for his match defeat by Carlsen in New York and will want to confirm his victory at the world blitz (see this week’s puzzle). The world No4, America’s Wesley So, won the 2016 Grand Tour along with last month’s London Classic and was the most successful elite grandmaster of all in 2016. Friday’s drawing of lots gave Carlsen the black pieces against So in Saturday’s opening round and White against Karjakin in the 13th and final round on 29 January.

Armenia’s Levon Aronian and Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi will be serious contenders, while Hungary’s Richard Rapport, aged 20, and the 17-year-old Chinese champion Wei Yi are the rising stars.

Wijk also features a Challengers tournament where 12 of the 14 players are GMs and where England has a serious contender. Gawain Jones, the 29-year-old UK No5, has been in fine form recently. Jones will aim to surpass his No3 seeding, finish first and so qualify for Wijk’s top event in 2018.


India’s Deep Sengupta, who won the Hastings Masters last week, used an interesting strategy to defeat a weaker opponent looking for a draw. His queen’s side castling as Black is very unusual in this type of quiet opening but it had the desired effect of inducing White to throw pieces at the castled king, which Sengupta repelled by active piece play and then forcing judicious exchanges. Gordon Scott should have tried 22 Nd2! since as the game went he resigned three pawns down without compensation.

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Apr 23, 2021

FIDE Candidates Tournament R10: The Game of the day

23-year-old underdog Kirill Alekseenko had been under pressure in his first two games back, but his resilience against Alexander Grischuk was ultimately rewarded with a first win, while he pulled off the impressive feat of outpreparing Fabiano Caruana. He called his clash against compatriot Ian Nepomniachtchi an “awful game”, however, and it was hard to disagree.

Ian Nepomniachtchi has taken a one-point lead over his three pursuers with just four rounds of the FIDE Candidates Tournament to go. He surprised Kirill Alekseenko in the opening and was essentially winning in a dozen moves. Elsewhere Caruana-Ding Liren and MVL-Giri were exciting battles that ended drawn, while Wang Hao-Grischuk was also drawn, but an extraordinary spectacle. Alexander Grischuk spent 1 hour and 12 minutes on move 11, but later had winning chances when Wang Hao gave up his queen and lost his way in the complications.

See also:

  • Official website
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament games on chess24
  • FIDE Candidates Tournament stopped at halfway
  • FIDE Candidates to resume after 389 days
  • Carlsen to play 5th World Championship in Dubai this November
  • Magnus Carlsen to commentate on the Candidates
  • Jan, Laurent & Peter preview the Candidates
  • Alexander Grischuk on the FIDE Candidates
  • Candidates Round 8: Caruana stuns MVL to blow race wide open
  • Candidates Round 9: Giri back in the race
Nov 25, 2016

Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 10: Magnus smile is back!

Magnus Carlsen has beaten Sergey Karjakin to level the score in the 2016 World Chess Championship with two games to go. The first half of Game 10 saw both players creaking under the pressure and could have ended abruptly if Sergey had spotted an all but forced draw. Instead, after more adventures, Magnus got the kind of slightly better endgame on which he’s built his chess empire.

Sergey seemed to have constructed a fortress, but one moment’s inattention was all it took to see it all come crashing down. A hugely relieved Magnus Carlsen is now favourite again – but so are tiebreaks!
The players once again went for the Ruy Lopez, and this time Magnus met the Berlin with an offbeat variation of the Anti-Berlin. He was back at his old game of getting his opponent “out of book” at all costs, as Anish Giri explained: Similar concept to game 2 from Sochi match. Worse version of a known position, but still playable. Nice, desperate idea.





Apr 07, 2017

US chess Championship round 7: Zherebukh stuns Caruana

23-year-old Yaroslav Zherebukh has joined Wesley So in the US Championship lead after outplaying world no. 3 and defending champion Fabiano Caruana. Elsewhere it was the day of the veterans, with Alexander Shabalov simply needing to remember computer analysis to beat Jeffery Xiong, while Daniel Naroditsky paid a heavy price for taking Gata Kamsky into a Ruy Lopez line the former World Championship Challenger had been playing all his life.

Last year Fabiano Caruana won the US Championship with an unbeaten +6. This year’s tournament has been very different, with a Round 7 disaster knocking Fabi back to 50%.


See also:

  • Official website
  • The US Chess Championships on chess24: Overall | Women
  • US Chess Championship, Round 1: So and Nakamura strike first
  • US Chess Championship, Round 2: Fighting chess
  • US Chess Championship, Round 3: So survives Caruana scare
  • US Chess Championship, Round 4: Wesley’s gamble pays off
  • US Chess Championship, Round 5: Kamsky shocks Xiong
  • US Chess Championship, Round 6: So’s close shave