Your Guide to Tata Steel 2016

Your Guide to Tata Steel 2016

Jan 16, 2016, 9:03 PM |

Although located nearly 5000 miles away in a small town in the Netherlands, the Tata Steel tournament has a valuable place in American chess.

In 2011, US #1 Hikaru Nakamura won clear first over World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champions, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.

Garry Kasparov called Nakamura’s victory the best by an American in more than 100 years... (Read the full article: Your Guide to Tata Steel 2016 by Vanessa West at US Chess News)

Additionally, at last year's tournament, Wesley So earned his highest FIDE rating ever (2788). One of So’s impressive victories during the event was over Levon Aronian, the defending champion.

Tactic #1

Can you find the tactic he used to take advantage of Aronian’s blunder (20…Ng8)?

This year, Tata Steel Masters begins on January 16th and has an average rating of 2748.  Two top Americans, Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So,  are playing in this marathon 13-round tournament. Both have achieved 2nd place in the previous years. Will they be able to improve on their results and land another American victory?

The competition also includes:

  • Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion
  • Anish Giri, World Rank #3
  • Sergey Karjakin, World Cup Winner
  • Wei Yi, the youngest player ever to break a FIDE rating of 2700 and Winner of the Challenger section last year
  • Hou Yifan, the highest ranked woman in the world


Stay up-to-date on this world-class event at US Chess News and these resources:

Tata Steel Tournament Preview:


Official Website:

Results, Players & Schedule

Live Games and Commentary:

featuring Yasser Seirawan and other prominent Grandmasters

Social Media:

Photos, Quotes & Updates



The tournament runs from January 16th-31st with most of the rounds beginning at 1:30 p.m. CET / 7:30 a.m. EST.

Stay tuned for more updates as the tournament progresses.