Tata Steel 2014 under way

by ChessBase
1/11/2014 – The opening ceremony made use of the group that staged the famous flashmob recreation of a Rembrandt painting (do not miss the video!), and had the players join historical personalities for the drawing of lots. Our roving reporter WGM Alina l'Ami could not catch the entire ceremony, as she was nominated Sports Woman of the year in a different location. Darn. So she sent us brief impressions.

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The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 10 to 26 January 2014. The top players will compete in two groups (previously there were three), with twelve players in each, instead of fourteen. The structure of the amateur tournaments remains unchanged. Both groups start on January 11th 2014, with all rounds starting at 13:30h (1:30 p.m.) local time, except for the last round on January 26th, which begins at 12:00h. Two rounds will be played in Amsterdam and Eindhoven and will start at 14:00. The time controls are 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.

Opening ceremony

Impressions by Alina l'Ami

In most areas of our dynamic modern World change is not only a probable phenomenon; in most cases it is also inevitable. Just because some things looked different doesn't mean that anything has changed essentially in Wijk aan Zee!

True, the format of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is slightly different than before. The famous well known tent has vanished as if touched by a spell. Among the new features, the online commentary and the three different locations which are going to host the event clearly stand out. And there are rumours that many more surprises are still to come...

Having been used for years to the Zeeduin hotel, I do have the impression we are all facing a dilemma in the roller coaster called 21st century; or at least this is my case: I love change but I am also a bit reluctant towards it; probably what I really want is that things remain the same and yet, to get better.

No matter how difficult (or impossible) it may seem to fulfil such a contradictory and paradoxical wish, there is a place in The Netherlands where people managed to accomplish it. One can feel that at Wijk aan Zee the traditional chess fever is very much the same as for the past (already countless) decades, but some things did get better!

There is no secret I feel like home here and nothing can alter that unique feeling. There may be cold head winds coming from the West or the North, or in an abstract sense from the hardships of the times we are living in and from the constant adaptive measures we all have to take; but no matter the challenges, one thing never changes in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament: its wonderful atmosphere.

Unfortunately I was not able to stay for the full opening: I had to attend, together with my husband, the Sports Gala in Woerden, my husband's native city. We were both nominated for the Sports Woman/Man of the year 2013. Eventually none of us won the title, but we had a very good evening. So I can only provide some brief impressions.

Can you count the rating points? Players at the opening ceremony. Eagle eyes will recognize
Nakamura, Caruana, Naiditsch, Harikrishna, Giri, van Wely, Karjakin, Gelfand and Dominguez

The organisers staged the Night Watch painting by Rembrand on the stage

The above video, posted on YouTube, shows performers taking part in a large-scale flashmob recreation of Rembrandt's famous painting "The Night Watch" – to celebrate the return of the painting, one of the Dutch artist's greatest works, to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.

Rembrandt's "Night Watch" or "or The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq" (full size image can be views at Wikipedia) was completed in 1642, is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It is renowned for three characteristics: its colossal size (363 cm × 437 cm (11.91 ft × 14.34 ft)), the effective use of light and shadow (chiaroscuro), and the perception of motion in what would have traditionally been a static military portrait.

The players of the Master Group A – above Caruana, Karjakin, Giri and Aronian –
joined the actors on the stage for the drawing of colours

Dutch chess legend (what else can you call him) Jan Timman being interviewed

Dimitri Reinderman, the current Dutch Champion, is well known for his daring
hair colours: red, blue, green etc. "This one? It is a new colour indeed"

Sergey Karjakin with his girlfriend Galiya Kamalova

The van Wely family: Lorena and Loek

Arianne Caoili and her porte-bonheur: a beautiful piece of jewelry made of
jade, brought all the way from China by her boyfriend Levon Aronian.

Loek van Wely, Levon Aronian and Boris Gelfand, who looks like he is telling them the two
most important secrets of success in life: (1) Don't tell people everything you know.

Schedule and results

Group A: Round 1 - Saturday Jan. 11
Leinier Dominguez - Anish Giri  
Loek van Wely - Sergey Karjakin  
Pentala Harikrishna - Levon Aronian  
Fabiano Caruana - Boris Gelfand  
Richard Rapport - Wesley So  
Hikaru Nakamura - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Group A: Round 2 - Sunday Jan. 12
Anish Giri - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Wesley So - Hikaru Nakamura  
Boris Gelfand - Richard Rapport  
Levon Aronian - Fabiano Caruana  
Sergey Karjakin - Pentala Harikrishna  
Leinier Dominguez - Loek van Wely  
Group A: Round 3 - Monday Jan. 13
Loek van Wely - Anish Giri  
Pentala Harikrishna - Leinier Dominguez  
Fabiano Caruana - Sergey Karjakin  
Richard Rapport - Levon Aronian  
Hikaru Nakamura - Boris Gelfand  
Arkadij Naiditsch - Wesley So  
Group A: Round 4 - Wednesday Jan. 15
Anish Giri - Wesley So  
Boris Gelfand - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura  
Sergey Karjakin - Richard Rapport  
Leinier Dominguez - Fabiano Caruana  
Loek van Wely - Pentala Harikrishna  
Group A: Round 5 - Friday Jan. 17
Pentala Harikrishna - Anish Giri  
Fabiano Caruana - Loek van Wely  
Richard Rapport - Leinier Dominguez  
Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin  
Arkadij Naiditsch - Levon Aronian  
Wesley So - Boris Gelfand  
Group A: Round 6 - Saturday Jan. 18
Anish Giri - Boris Gelfand  
Levon Aronian - Wesley So  
Sergey Karjakin - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Leinier Dominguez - Hikaru Nakamura  
Loek van Wely - Richard Rapport  
Pentala Harikrishna - Fabiano Caruana  
Group A: Round 7 - Sunday Jan. 19
Fabiano Caruana - Anish Giri  
Richard Rapport - Pentala Harikrishna  
Hikaru Nakamura - Loek van Wely  
Arkadij Naiditsch - Leinier Dominguez  
Wesley So - Sergey Karjakin  
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian  
Group A: Round 8 - Tuesday Jan. 21
Anish Giri - Levon Aronian  
Sergey Karjakin - Boris Gelfand  
Leinier Dominguez - Wesley So  
Loek van Wely - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Pentala Harikrishna - Hikaru Nakamura  
Fabiano Caruana - Richard Rapport  
Group A: Round 9 - Thursday Jan. 23
Richard Rapport - Anish Giri  
Hikaru Nakamura - Fabiano Caruana  
Arkadij Naiditsch - Pentala Harikrishna  
Boris Gelfand - Leinier Dominguez  
Wesley So - Loek van Wely  
Levon Aronian - Sergey Karjakin  
Group A: Round 10 - Saturday Jan. 25
Anish Giri - Sergey Karjakin  
Leinier Dominguez - Levon Aronian  
Loek van Wely - Boris Gelfand  
Pentala Harikrishna - Wesley So  
Fabiano Caruana - Arkadij Naiditsch  
Richard Rapport - Hikaru Nakamura  
Group A: Round 11 - Sunday Jan. 26
Hikaru Nakamura - Anish Giri  
Arkadij Naiditsch - Richard Rapport  
Wesley So - Fabiano Caruana  
Boris Gelfand - Pentala Harikrishna  
Levon Aronian - Loek van Wely  
Sergey Karjakin - Leinier Dominguez  

Schedule of Grandmaster Group B

Group B: Round 1 - Saturday Jan. 11
Etienne Goudriaan - Zhao Xue  
Baadur Jobava - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Merijn van Delft - Kayden Troff  
Radek Wojtaszek - Dimitri Reinderman  
Anna Muzychuk - Jan Timman  
Ivan Saric - Benjamin Bok  
Yu Yangyi - Sabino Brunello  
Group B: Round 2 - Sunday Jan. 12
Zhao Xue - Sabino Brunello  
Benjamin Bok - Yu Yangyi  
Jan Timman - Ivan Saric  
Dimitri Reinderman - Anna Muzychuk  
Kayden Troff - Radek Wojtaszek  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Merijn van Delft  
Etienne Goudriaan - Baadur Jobava  
Group B: Round 3 - Monday Jan. 13
Baadur Jobava - Zhao Xue  
Merijn van Delft - Etienne Goudriaan  
Radek Wojtaszek - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Anna Muzychuk - Kayden Troff  
Ivan Saric - Dimitri Reinderman  
Yu Yangyi - Jan Timman  
Sabino Brunello - Benjamin Bok  
Group B: Round 4 - Tuesday Jan. 14
Zhao Xue - Benjamin Bok  
Jan Timman - Sabino Brunello  
Dimitri Reinderman - Yu Yangyi  
Kayden Troff - Ivan Saric  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Anna Muzychuk  
Etienne Goudriaan - Radek Wojtaszek  
Baadur Jobava - Merijn van Delft  
Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Free day
Group B: Round 5 - Thursday Jan. 16
Merijn van Delft - Zhao Xue  
Radek Wojtaszek - Baadur Jobava  
Anna Muzychuk - Etienne Goudriaan  
Ivan Saric - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Yu Yangyi - Kayden Troff  
Sabino Brunello - Dimitri Reinderman  
Benjamin Bok - Jan Timman  
Group B: Round 6 - Friday Jan. 17
Zhao Xue - Jan Timman  
Dimitri Reinderman - Benjamin Bok  
Kayden Troff - Sabino Brunello  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Yu Yangyi  
Etienne Goudriaan - Ivan Saric  
Baadur Jobava - Anna Muzychuk  
Merijn van Delft - Radek Wojtaszek  
Group B: Round 7 - Saturday Jan. 18
Radek Wojtaszek - Zhao Xue  
Anna Muzychuk - Merijn van Delft  
Ivan Saric - Baadur Jobava  
Yu Yangyi - Etienne Goudriaan  
Sabino Brunello - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Benjamin Bok - Kayden Troff  
Jan Timman - Dimitri Reinderman  
Group B: Round 8 - Sunday Jan. 19
Zhao Xue - Dimitri Reinderman  
Kayden Troff - Jan Timman  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Benjamin Bok  
Etienne Goudriaan - Sabino Brunello  
Baadur Jobava - Yu Yangyi  
Merijn van Delft - Ivan Saric  
Radek Wojtaszek - Anna Muzychuk  
Monday, Jan. 20 – Free day
Group B: Round 9 - Tuesday Jan. 21
Anna Muzychuk - Zhao Xue  
Ivan Saric - Radek Wojtaszek  
Yu Yangyi - Merijn van Delft  
Sabino Brunello - Baadur Jobava  
Benjamin Bok - Etienne Goudriaan  
Jan Timman - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Dimitri Reinderman - Kayden Troff  
Group B: Round 10 - Wednesday Jan. 22
Zhao Xue - Kayden Troff  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Dimitri Reinderman  
Etienne Goudriaan - Jan Timman  
Baadur Jobava - Benjamin Bok  
Merijn van Delft - Sabino Brunello  
Radek Wojtaszek - Yu Yangyi  
Anna Muzychuk - Ivan Saric  
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Free day
Group B: Round 11 - Friday Jan. 24
Ivan Saric - Zhao Xue  
Yu Yangyi - Anna Muzychuk  
Sabino Brunello - Radek Wojtaszek  
Benjamin Bok - Merijn van Delft  
Jan Timman - Baadur Jobava  
Dimitri Reinderman - Etienne Goudriaan  
Kayden Troff - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Group B: Round 12 - Saturday Jan. 25
Zhao Xue - Jan-Krzysztof Duda  
Etienne Goudriaan - Kayden Troff  
Baadur Jobava - Dimitri Reinderman  
Merijn van Delft - Jan Timman  
Radek Wojtaszek - Benjamin Bok  
Anna Muzychuk - Sabino Brunello  
Ivan Saric - Yu Yangyi  
Group B: Round 13 - Sunday Jan. 26
Yu Yangyi - Zhao Xue  
Sabino Brunello - Ivan Saric  
Benjamin Bok - Anna Muzychuk  
Jan Timman - Radek Wojtaszek  
Dimitri Reinderman - Merijn van Delft  
Kayden Troff - Baadur Jobava  
Jan-Krzysztof Duda - Etienne Goudriaan  

Commentary schedule on Playchess

Day Date Round English German
Saturday January 11 Round 1 Lawrence Trent Klaus Bischoff
Sunday January 12 Round 2 Chris Ward Klaus Bischoff
Monday January 13 Round 3 Yasser Seirawan Klaus Bischoff
Tuesday January 14 Free    
Wednesday January 15 Round 4 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff
Thursday January 16 Free    
Friday January 17 Round 5 Simon Williams Oliver Reeh
Saturday January 18 Round 6 Yasser Seirawan Klaus Bischoff
Sunday January 19 Round 7 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff
Monday January 20 Free    
Tuesday January 21 Round 8 Lawrence Trent Klaus Bischoff
Wednesday January 22 Free    
Thursday January 23 Round 9 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff
Friday January 24 Free    
Saturday January 25 Round 10 Simon Williams Klaus Bischoff
Sunday January 26 Round 11 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff



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