2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/9/13, 10:47 PM.

tata_logo.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess tournament takes place from 12-27 January in the small town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Once again the familiar format of this famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players.

The strongest tournament is the A Group and this year features 6 out of the top 10 ranked players; world champion Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, defending champion Lev Aronian, rising star Fabiano Caruana, world #6 Sergey Karjakin, and US champion Hikaru Nakamura

The former women's world chess champion Hou Yifan is the lowest seeded player in the A Group in what will be a real baptism of fire!

Ni Hua has had to withdraw from the B Group due to illness and is replaced by Sipke Ernst.

Play starts each day at 13:30 (12:30 UTC) except the final round which is at 12:00 (11:00 UTC).  The official website will have live games. There will also be live commentary here on Chess.com/TV beginning with the first round. Scroll down on the tv page for the schedule.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 seconds increment starting from the first move. There are 3 rest days on 16, 21 & 24 January.

Tata Steel 2013 Group A

# Name Fed Elo
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2861
2 Aronian, Levon ARM 2802
3 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2781
4 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2780
5 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2772
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2769
7 Wang, Hao CHN 2752
8 Leko, Peter HUN 2735
9 Giri, Anish NED 2720
10 Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2698
11 van Wely, Loek NED 2679
12 Sokolov, Ivan NED 2663
13 L'Ami, Erwin NED 2627
14 Hou, Yifan CHN 2603


Tata Steel 2013 Group B

# Name Fed Elo
1 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2708
2 Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2688
3 Edouard, Romain FRA 2686
4 Tiviakov, Sergey NED 2655
5 Turov, Maxim RUS 2630
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2621
7 Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2619
8 Smeets, Jan NED 2615
9 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2600
10 Ipatov, Alexander TUR 2587
11 van Kampen, Robin NED 2581
12 Grandelius, Nils SWE 2572
13 Timman, Jan NED 2566
14 Ernst, Sipke NED 2556


Tata Steel 2013 Group C

# Name Fed Elo
1 Peralta, Fernando ARG 2617
2 Kovchan, Alexander UKR 2579
3 Brunello, Sabino ITA 2572
4 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag BRA 2543
5 Romanishin, Oleg M UKR 2521
6 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2516
7 Swinkels, Robin NED 2508
8 Burg, Twan NED 2492
9 Van Der Werf, Mark NED 2450
10 Klein, David NED 2445
11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2402
12 Bitensky, Igor ISR 2400
13 Admiraal, Miguoel NED 2321
14 Schut, Lisa NED 2295

Who are your picks for Tata Steel 2013? Will the world champion Vishy Anand rediscover his form? Will Magnus Carlsen consolidate his #1 ranking with another tournament win? Will Lev Aronian defend his 2012 title?  Will Hikaru Nakamura repeat his 2011 triumph?  Or will another player take the spoils?  Sound off in the comments...

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  • 4 years ago


    Naturally it is easy to pick Carlsen, he is #1 and still steadily rising.  Aronian had a bad tournament at London, finishing 6th at -1.

    Nakamura seems recovered from his lackluster 2012 with 3rd at London, and Caruana had a strong year to vault to the top 5.  Karjakin has played consistently excellent chess for the last couple of years and is also a threat.

    Anand hasn't shown the appetite for tournament play since he won the title.  It remains to be seen if he can change that attitude of match play where it is more urgent to avoid losses than to score wins.

  • 4 years ago


    Magnus should win it!

  • 4 years ago


    I'm surprised that the Dutch haven't been able to (or chose not to) secure higher participation from female players.  In Group B there are none, and in group C there are two (but one is Dutch, and a clear outsider by rating).  There are many well-qualified women that would fit well with both groups B and C, yet they're not there.  Previous years have seen a more balanced roster, in terms of gender at least...

    All in all 15 out of the 42 players (across all groups) are Dutch, close to 35% -- and it would have been 14 out of 42 (exactly 1 out of 3) without Ni Hua's last-minute withdrawal.

  • 4 years ago


    Can't wait :-)

  • 4 years ago


    This is usually my favorite tournament of the year! 

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