This event is taking place from January 12-27. The venue is as usual the traditional De Moriaan Center in the Dutch sea resort of Wijk aan Zee,. The tournament has taken place since 1938 and was known as the Corus Chess Tournament. The Indian company Tata Steel bought Corus (for US $7.6 billion) in 2006 and the chess event way renamed accordingly. The tournament has three Grandmaster Groups, which have 14 players and are held as full round robins (each competitor plays against every other). The rate of play for all three groups is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds/move increment starting with the first move of the game.
This was the somewhat daunting situation in Den Haag as Nadja Wittmann prepared
to mount her bike for the trip to the station (the Dutch are bicycle people)
The station thankfully clear of ice and snow
But the bus on the final stretch has to brave the weather
At last Nadja arrives at her destination
The Fletcher Hotel Restaurant Zeeduin is where most of the top players are staying
The De Moriaan Center where the Tata Steel tournament is being held
The giant Open Tournament which attracts hundreds of participants
The top boards of the Open, with the three main GM groups in the background
Scroll to the right for a full view of GM groups in action (our camera-based
panorama software has cut
off part of an ambulatory player in order to display the face of a player, Nakamura, behind him)
You can see the moves of the top games on giant flatscreen panels
World Champion Vishy Anand during his round four game against Levon Aronian
Yes, there's a player – or maybe two – that Jan Timman can look up to...
On the beach there are still some kite sailors surfing in the permanently stiff breeze
Industry, and especiall the steel mill, dominate the landscape in Wijk
As dusk descends one is treated to a legendary sunset on the Atlantic coast
The colours become more intense as the evening (actually: late afternoon) progresses
... and end in a truly spectacular display that has made Wijk aan Zee famous
Our photographers Nadja Wittmann and Alina L'Ami on duty in Wijk
We have somewhat neglected the two lower groups in our reports of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, even though they are full of GMs and interesting young talents. Here are the current standings after the first five rounds.
In the B Group 16-year-old Richárd Rapport is dominating, with 4.5/5 points and a 3014 performance. Before anyone starts to voice suspicion we would like to remind you that Richárd has a FIDE rating of 2621, and that we already drew attention to this extraordinary talent three years ago. It does not come as a total surprise to us that he is doing so well in Wijk.
Even Magnus and Co. are interested in the games of the B Section
Magnus Carlsen brings to the table an intimidation factor – many players seem to be lost, psychologically, before they even sit down against him. So why does he win and how does he win? In this video Andrew Martin addresses this intriguing question.
There is full broadcast of all games on the official site and on the Playchess server, which will provide live audio commentary of the most interesting games (free for Premium members) starting at 15:00h for each round, 14:00h for the final round. Commentary begins at approx. 3 p.m. and lasts 2 to 2½ hours, with breaks in between. A round-up show is provided at 8 PM server time. Commentary is available, by the following experts:
The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.