Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will take on some of his biggest competitors at the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament from 9 - 25 January.

Current world number two and rising star of the chess world Fabiano Caruana, and winner of the 2014 Tata Steel Chess Tournament Levon Aronian will both play at the tournament. They will be joined by Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan and Dutch players Anish Giri and Loek van Wely. Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Teimour Radjabov, Baadur Jobava, Ding Liren, Vassily Ivanchuk and Ivan Saric completes the list.

The playing venue is once more the traditional city of Wijk aan Zee. On 15 January the 5th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take place in De Rotterdam, the recently opened eye-catching building at the waterfront of the River Meuse in Rotterdam, designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. And on 21 January, the 10th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take place in the recently renovated press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague.

Games will be daily live with triple by the top engines of the TCEC competition

Tata Steel 2015 participants

Wijk Aan Zee Group A:

Player

Country

ELO

     

Carlsen, Magnus

NOR

2862

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

2820

Aronian, Levon

ARM

2797

Giri, Anish

NED

2784

So, Wesley

USA

2762

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

FRA

2757

Wojtaszek, Radoslaw

POL

2744

Radjabov, Teimour

AZE

2734

Ding, Liren

CHN

2732

Jobava, Baadur

GEO

2727

Ivanchuk, Vasil

UKR

2715

Hou, Yifan

CHN

2673

Van Wely, Loek

NED

2667

Saric, Ivan

CRO

2666

 

Group B Challengers :

Player

Country

ELO

     

Navara, David

CZE

2729

Wei, Yi

CHN

2675

Shankland, Sam

USA

2652

Van Kampen, Robin

NED

2615

l’ Ami, Erwin

NED

2613

Potkin, Vladimir

RUS

2608

Saleh, Salem

UAE

2603

Timman, Jan

NED

2593

Michiels, Bart

BEL

2563

Gunina, Valentina

RUS

2538

Klein, David

NED

2517

Sevian, Samuel

USA

2511

Haast, Anne

NED

2352

Dale, Ari

AUS

2291

 

Tata Steel Chess and the long tradition

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a long tradition. Starting as an employee tournament, it has grown into an international tournament of world class renown, for which grandmasters and amateurs alike will clear their diaries. Tata Steel has chosen for chess, because chess entails strategic thinking and focuses on finding creative solutions for complex issues. The same goes for steelmaking, a high-tech process with a crucial role for innovation. Tata Steel employees are continuously working on improving processes and products in order to help customers be successful in their markets while contributing to creating a sustainable society. Next year will see the 77th edition of the tournament. Among chess aficionados the tournament in Wijk aan Zee is known as ‘The Wimbledon of Chess’.

Every year the best chess players in the World measure their strengths at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January. They do so in the same room as hundreds of participants in the amateur tournaments, thus creating a unique atmosphere. All over the village of Wijk aan Zee chess competitions are organised. Wijk aan Zee is transformed into the Mecca of chess for two weeks each year. During the tournament more than 1 million people visit the tournament official website.

 

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