Tata Steel Chess 2020 - Round 8 LIVE

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1/19/2020 – The 82nd edition of the chess festival in Wijk aan Zee takes place from January 11-26. Rounds start at 12:30 UTC (13:30 CET / 7:30 AM EST), except January 16th in Eindhoven when it starts 30 minutes later. Live games and commentary by GM Peter Leko and IM Sopiko Guramishvili | Photo: Alina l'Ami / TataSteelChess.com

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Round 8 LIVE

Tata Steel Chess 2020 brings the world's best players together ambitious young talents. The raking list of the Masters is topped by the number one and number two in the world rankings, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri and Wesley So.

The Challengers group also sees young players compete in an interesting field along with experienced grandmasters. Among the tournament veterans are Pavel Eljanov, Surya Ganguly and Erwin l'Ami. The young crew includes three talented fifteen-year-olds: Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Nihal Sarin and Vincent Keymer.

Round-by-round news and analysis on Tata Steel Chess 2020

Live games and commentary

Players receive 100 minutes for 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one.


Commentary by GM GM Peter Leko and IM Sopiko Guramishvili


Current standings (Masters)


Current standings (Challengers)


Players in the Masters

  Name Fed. Rating Rank
GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2872 1
GM Caruana, Fabiano USA 2822 2
GM Giri, Anish NED 2768 9
GM So, Wesley USA 2765 10
GM Anand, Viswanathan IND 2758 14
GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2758 15
GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2747 19
GM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2731 23
GM Yu, Yangyi CHN 2726 25
GM Firouzja, Alireza FID 2723 27
GM Xiong, Jeffery USA 2712 33
GM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2683 53
GM Kovalev, Vladislav BLR 2660 82
GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2644 110

Elo avg: 2741
Category: 20
FIDE ratings from January 2020

Players in the Challengers

  Name Country Rating
GM Anton Guijarro, David ESP 2694
GM Grandelius, Nils SWE 2673
GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2659
GM Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2650
GM Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2636
GM Abdusattorov, Nodirbek UZB 2635
GM Nihal Sarin IND 2618
GM L'Ami, Erwin NED 2606
GM Smirnov, Anton AUS 2604
GM Smeets, Jan NED 2585
IM Keymer, Vincent GER 2527
GM Van Foreest, Lucas NED 2523
IM Saduakassova, Dinara KAZ 2519
IM Warmerdam, Max NED 2498

Elo avg: 2602
Category: 15
FIDE ratings from January 2020


The 82nd edition of the Tata Steel chess tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from January 10th to 26th, 2020. The 5th round on January 16th will be held at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven. Entry to all rounds of the Tata Steel chess tournament is free of charge. The games can also be followed online at Live.ChessBase.com or the official website

Rest days in the Masters and Challengers are on January 15th, 20th and 23rd. Rounds start at 12:30 UTC (13:30 CET / 7:30 AM EST), except January 16th in Eindhoven when it starts 30 minutes later.

Round-up show schedule

Date Round Author
Jan 11 1 Lawrence Trent
Jan 12 2 Daniel King
Jan 13 3 Yannick Pelletier
Jan 14 4 Daniel King
Jan 15 Rest day  
Jan 16 5 Daniel King
Jan 17 6 Lawrence Trent
Jan 18 7 Lawrence Trent
Jan 19 8 Yannick Pelletier
Jan 20 Rest day  
Jan 21 9 Yannick Pelletier
Jan 22 10 Daniel King
Jan 23 Rest day  
Jan 24 11 Yannick Pelletier
Jan 25 12 Yannick Pelletier
Jan 26 13 Daniel King

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Rambus Rambus 11 hours ago
What has happened to the Russians? The famed Botvinnik Soviet Chess School seems to have disintegrated with the Soviet Union. When is another K going to emerge after Kaprov, Kasparov, Kramnik?
Masquer Masquer 1/19/2020 12:17
Ferocious Firouzja! Nice going so far. :)
chessgod0 chessgod0 1/18/2020 08:29
A nice save by Carlsen. But this kind of indifferent play likely won't cut it against the hungry Firouzja. Maybe chess needs some new blood at the top--the rise of this kid could not have come at a better time.
retspan retspan 1/18/2020 07:52
Nice win by Firouzja. Wouldn't it be something if the kid actually won this tournament? Only 16 and already a fierce competitor at the highest levels. A possible world champion in the making.
chessgod0 chessgod0 1/18/2020 05:58
This Anand-Carlsen game could very well be the end of the champion's no-loss streak. He's slowly but surely being pushed off the board. Position is defensible but he will have to dig deep to find the motivation...and when you have been to the mountaintop and have reigned for years that motivation can be very hard to find...
ilker kalyoncu ilker kalyoncu 1/17/2020 07:22
@dumkof - I do not want to start a debate. Playing under the Fide flag was Alireza's decision and we should just respect that and act accordingly.
tom_70 tom_70 1/17/2020 06:17
Firouzja is playing with the kind of drive, ambition and passion that Carlsen played with at that age. If he keeps trying as hard as he is now, he'll beat Carlsen eventually and be the next world champion. Carlsen is my favorite player, but he's already won everything that can possibly be won in the chess world. He's been number 1 in everything for many years now. How does one maintain the motivation to compete against young , hungry , world class players in such a scenario? I don't know if it's possible.
ramirad ramirad 1/17/2020 05:14
Great performance from Firouzja. Just keep going Alireza!
macauley macauley 1/16/2020 11:23
@ilker kalyoncu - We may update his flag in the future, but few players play under the FIDE flag, and at moment the ChessBase Playerbase contains only country flags.
dumkof dumkof 1/16/2020 10:22
İlker, what's the point of making such a statement? Fide is not a country. Alireza is Iranian and represents Iran probably more than any other Iranian. And his representative role gets even bigger as his playing strength and fame gets bigger. Political issues won't change this.
ilker kalyoncu ilker kalyoncu 1/15/2020 05:48
Alireza is not representing Iran, but is playing under the Fide flag. Editors should correct the standings table.
RichardEaston RichardEaston 1/14/2020 10:46
11 wins for white and none for black. Is this a blip or a trend.
anthonyy anthonyy 1/14/2020 10:29
It is definitely better to play against Magnus in the first rounds. It looks like he waits for a few rounds to see whom he needs to beat in order to win the tournament.
macauley macauley 1/12/2020 08:55
@the opposition - This is a goofy feature of the Twitch platform, which is based on channels rather than events. You'll find the same issue on the official site. They also have a contact page. Meanwhile, I've added the correct video back.
the opposition the opposition 1/11/2020 09:50
Been looking forward to watching the TATA Steel championship live BUT when I go to pen it it has a Puzzle Rush semi-fianal instead but is inside the Tata event!!! WTF????