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Tata Steel Chess 2022: All The Information

Tata Steel Chess 2022: All The Information

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GM Magnus Carlsen took the sole lead after round seven of the 2022 Tata Steel Masters Tournament after defeating the young GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu. GMs Jorden van Foreest and Fabiano Caruana also won their games, and GM Anish Giri scored the full point after GM Daniil Dubov forfeited the game for refusing to wear a face mask to play after someone in his inner circle tested positive for COVID-19.

In the Challengers Tournament, GM Rinat Jumabayev put a stop to GM Arjun Erigaisi's incredible winning streak by drawing the game, but the Indian is leading with a full point ahead. GMs Thai Dai Van Nguyen, Lucas van Foreest, Jonas Bjerre, Max Warmerdam, and Daniel Dardha also won their games.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, is one of the most prestigious over-the-board tournaments in all of chess. Held annually in January, the dates for the 2022 tournament are January 15-30.

The 2021 tournament was won by Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest, the first Dutch winner of the tournament since GM Jan Timman in 1985. 

Most years there are multiple tournaments held concurrently, although 2021 was an exception. Historically, the winner of the second-level tournament (formerly Group B, now known today as the Challengers) advances to the next year's top division, the Masters (formerly Group A).


Broadcast

You can follow the games of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament here: Masters | Challengers. You can watch the live broadcast on Chess.com/TV or on our Twitch and YouTube channels. Among our commentators will be GM Daniel Naroditsky, GM Robert Hess, and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni.

Daniel Naroditsky Robert Hess Fiona Steil-Antoni

Schedule And Pairings

The 2022 Tata Steel Chess Tournament runs January 14-30, 2022. Games begin January 15 with rest days on the 19th, 24th, and 27th of the month.

The lower-rated Challengers tournament returns in 2022 after a hiatus in 2021. Other than the Masters and Challengers tournaments, there are no on-site events for 2022.

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Pairings Masters

Round 1 15.01.22 14:00 CET Round 2 16.01.22 14:00 CET
Vidit 1-0 Shankland Shankland ½-½ Grandelius
Caruana ½-½ Karjakin Rapport 1-0 Van Foreest
Dubov0.5 ½-½ Mamedyarov Praggnanandhaa ½-½ Duda
Esipenko ½-½ Carlsen Carlsen 1-0 Giri
Giri ½-½ Praggnanandhaa Mamedyarov ½-½ Esipenko
Duda 1-0 Rapport Karjakin ½-½ Dubov
Van Foreest 1-0 Grandelius Vidit ½-½ Caruana
Round 3 17.01.22 14:00 CET Round 4 18.01.22 14:00 CET
Caruana ½-½ Shankland Shankland ½-½ Rapport
Dubov 0-1 Vidit Praggnanandhaa 1-0 Grandelius
Esipenko 1-0 Karjakin Carlsen ½-½ Van Foreest
Giri ½-½ Mamedyarov Mamedyarov 1-0 Duda
Duda ½-½ Carlsen Karjakin ½-½ Giri
Van Foreest 1-0 Praggnanandhaa Vidit ½-½ Esipenko
Grandelius 0-1 Rapport Caruana ½-½ Dubov
Round 5 20.01.22 14:00 CET Round 6 21.01.22 14:00 CET
Dubov ½-½ Shankland Shankland ½-½ Praggnanandhaa
Esipenko ½-½ Caruana Carlsen 1-0 Rapport
Giri ½-½ Vidit Mamedyarov ½-½ Grandelius
Duda ½-½ Karjakin Karjakin 1-0 Van Foreest
Van Foreest 0-1 Mamedyarov Vidit ½-½ Duda
Grandelius ½-½ Carlsen Caruana 0-1 Giri
Rapport 1-0 Praggnanandhaa Dubov ½-½ Esipenko
Round 7 22.01.22 14:00 CET Round 8 23.01.22 14:00 CET
Esipenko ½-½ Shankland Shankland - Carlsen
Giri 1-0 Dubov Mamedyarov - Praggnanandhaa
Duda 0-1 Caruana Karjakin - Rapport
Van Foreest 1-0 Vidit Vidit - Grandelius
Grandelius ½-½ Karjakin Caruana - Van Foreest
Rapport ½-½ Mamedyarov Dubov - Duda
Praggnanandhaa 0-1 Carlsen Esipenko - Giri
Round 9 25.01.22 14:00 CET Round 10 26.01.22 14:00 CET
Giri - Shankland Shankland - Mamedyarov
Duda - Esipenko Karjakin - Carlsen
Van Foreest - Dubov Vidit - Praggnanandhaa
Grandelius - Caruana Caruana - Rapport
Rapport - Vidit Dubov - Grandelius
Praggnanandhaa - Karjakin Esipenko - Van Foreest
Carlsen - Mamedyarov Giri - Duda
Round 11 28.01.22 14:00 CET Round 12 29.01.22 14:00 CET
Duda - Shankland Shankland - Karjakin
Van Foreest - Giri Vidit - Mamedyarov
Grandelius - Esipenko Caruana - Carlsen
Rapport - Dubov Dubov - Praggnanandhaa
Praggnanandhaa - Caruana Esipenko - Rapport
Carlsen - Vidit Giri - Grandelius
Mamedyarov - Karjakin Duda - Van Foreest
Round 13 30.01.22 12.00 CET
Van Foreest - Shankland
Grandelius - Duda
Rapport - Giri
Praggnanandhaa - Esipenko
Carlsen - Dubov
Mamedyarov - Caruana
Karjakin - Vidit

Pairings Challengers

Round 1 15.01.22 14:00 CET Round 2 16.01.22 14:00 CET
Dardha 0-1 Murzin Murzin 1-0 Shuvalova
Vogel ½-½ Warmerdam L'Ami 1-0 Zhu
Erigaisi ½-½ Van Foreest Nguyen 1-0 Bjerre
Ganguly 1-0 Maurizzi Maurizzi ½-½ Jumabayev
Jumabayev ½-½ Nguyen Van Foreest ½-½ Ganguly
Bjerre 1-0 L'Ami Warmerdam 0-1 Erigaisi
Zhu 0-1 Shuvalova Dardha ½-½ Vogel
Round 3 17.01.22 14:00 CET Round 4 18.01.22 14:00 CET
Vogel ½-½ Murzin Murzin ½-½ L'Ami
Erigaisi 1-0 Dardha Nguyen ½-½ Shuvalova
Ganguly ½-½ Warmerdam Maurizzi 0-1 Zhu
Jumabayev 1-0 Van Foreest Van Foreest ½-½ Bjerre
Bjerre 1-0 Maurizzi Warmerdam ½-½ Jumabayev
Zhu 0-1 Nguyen Dardha ½-½ Ganguly
Shuvalova 0-1 L'Ami Vogel 0-1 Erigaisi
Round 5 20.01.22 14:00 CET Round 6 21.01.22 14:00 CET
Erigaisi 1-0 Murzin Murzin ½-½ Nguyen
Ganguly 1-0 Vogel Maurizzi ½-½ L'Ami
Jumabayev 1-0 Dardha Van Foreest 1-½ Shuvalova
Bjerre ½-½ Warmerdam Warmerdam 1-0 Zhu
Zhu ½-½ Van Foreest Dardha ½-½ Bjerre
Shuvalova 1-0 Maurizzi Vogel ½-½ Jumabayev
L'Ami ½-½ Nguyen Erigaisi 1-0 Ganguly
Round 7 22.01.22 14:00 CET Round 8 23.01.22 14:00 CET
Ganguly ½-½ Murzin Murzin - Maurizzi
Jumabayev ½-½ Erigaisi Van Foreest - Nguyen
Bjerre 1-0 Vogel Warmerdam - L'Ami
Zhu 0-1 Dardha Dardha - Shuvalova
Shuvalova 0-1 Warmerdam Vogel - Zhu
L'Ami 0-1 Van Foreest Erigaisi - Bjerre
Nguyen 1-0 Maurizzi Ganguly - Jumabayev
Round 9 25.01.22 14:00 CET Round 10 26.01.22 14:00 CET
Jumabayev - Murzin Murzin - Van Foreest
Bjerre - Ganguly Warmerdam - Maurizzi
Zhu - Erigaisi Dardha - Nguyen
Shuvalova - Vogel Vogel - L'Ami
L'Ami - Dardha Erigaisi - Shuvalova
Nguyen - Warmerdam Ganguly - Zhu
Maurizzi - Van Foreest Jumabayev - Bjerre
Round 11 28.01.22 14:00 CET Round 12 29.01.22 14:00 CET
Bjerre - Murzin Murzin - Warmerdam
Zhu - Jumabayev Dardha - Van Foreest
Shuvalova - Ganguly Vogel - Maurizzi
L'Ami - Erigaisi Erigaisi - Nguyen
Nguyen - Vogel Ganguly - L'Ami
Maurizzi - Dardha Jumabayev - Shuvalova
Van Foreest - Warmerdam Bjerre - Zhu
Round 13 30.01.22 12.00 CET
Zhu - Murzin
Shuvalova - Bjerre
L'Ami - Jumabayev
Nguyen - Ganguly
Maurizzi - Erigaisi
Van Foreest - Vogel
Warmerdam - Dardha

Standings

Round six standings for the Masters section:

2022 Tata Steel Masters Standings

Round six standings for the Challengers section:

Tata Steel 2022 Challengers Standings

Location

The tournament is held every year in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, a small resort town on the North Sea.

Wijk aan Zee Tata Steel
Wijk aan Zee. Photo: Wikimedia/public domain.

Format

The tournament is a single round-robin. Everyone plays each other once for a total of 13 rounds.

In each game, the players get 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20, and 15 minutes for the remainder of the game. There is a 30-second increment throughout.

New this year is that a tie for first is broken by a tiebreak among all players who finish in clear first place. More novelties in the tiebreak procedure:

  • The single armageddon game has been changed for potentially multiple sudden-death games. For instance, if two players tie for first, they will first play two 3+2 blitz games but if they tie 1-1, they will continue playing sudden-death games (alternating colors) until there is a decisive game.
  • The time control of the sudden-death game(s) is two and a half minutes for White and three minutes for Black with a two-second increment per move.

Here are more details about the tiebreak procedure.

2022 Tata Steel Chess.com

Players

The field consists of 14 players. At least one Dutch player participates every year and GM Anish Giri was the first player to be confirmed for 2022. An additional 12 players were announced on October 26, 2021, with GM Vidit Gujrathi completing the field on November 23. Most years, the winner of the previous Challengers Tournament also plays in the Masters, but there was no Challengers Tournament in 2021. 

The complete field is below (rating and ranking from the official January 2022 FIDE list).

# Fed Name Rating Ranking
1 Magnus Carlsen 2865 1
2 Fabiano Caruana 2792 4
3 Anish Giri 2772 7
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2767 9
4 Richard Rapport 2763 11
6 Jan-Krzysztof Duda 2760 13
7 Sergey Karjakin 2743 18
8 Vidit Gujrathi 2720 24
9 Daniil Dubov 2714 27
10 Andrey Esipenko 2714 26
11 Sam Shankland 2708 29
12 Jorden van Foreest 2702 35
13 Nils Grandelius 2672 67
14 Praggnanandhaa R. 2612 195

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The Challengers field is available here

Regulations

Regulations can be found here.

History

The tournament was first played in 1938 as a local Dutch tournament. It has been held every year since except for 1945, during which time it grew into a major international event. Originally played in Beverwijk, it moved to Wijk aan Zee in 1968. The sponsor has also evolved, from Hoogovens in 1938, to Corus in 1999, and finally, Tata Steel starting in 2011.

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GM Jan Hein Donner, left, won the tournament in 1950, 1958, and 1963, when it was known as Hoogovens. Here Donner plays GM Bruno Parama in 1963. Photo: F. N. Broers/Dutch National Archives, CC.

From 1938-2021, GM Magnus Carlsen (7) and GM Viswanathan Anand (5) have the most tournament victories. Four players are tied just below them at four wins: GMs Levon Aronian, Max Euwe, Viktor Korchnoi, and Lajos Portisch.

Tata Steel Chess Magnus Carlsen Anish Giri
Carlsen won his seventh tournament at Wijk aan Zee in 2019. Here he faces the host nation's top player, Giri, in their game at the tournament. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Every tournament champion since it became known as Tata Steel in 2011 is below. The full list is at the Tata Steel Chess website.

Year Fed Champion
2021 GM Jorden van Foreest
2020 GM Fabiano Caruana
2019 GM Magnus Carlsen
2018 GM Magnus Carlsen
2017 GM Wesley So
2016 GM Magnus Carlsen
2015 GM Magnus Carlsen
2014 GM Levon Aronian
2013 GM Magnus Carlsen
2012 GM Levon Aronian
2011 GM Hikaru Nakamura

Vote Chess Contest

Any Chess.com member can vote on their favorite player to win each round to participate in the Tata Steel Vote Chess community contest. Go to the event's Vote tab and cast your vote* to have a chance at winning one of the prizes below:

  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $300
  • 3rd: $200
  • 4th-5th: One-year diamond membership
  • 6th-10th: One-month diamond membership

* Voting closes after move 10.

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