80th Tata Steel Starts Saturday With Chess.com Broadcast
The 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament was officially opened on Friday. Tomorrow's top games in the first round are Carlsen-Caruana and So-Mamedyarov. Once again the live broadcast is proudly powered by Chess.com.
The new year has just started and this means that it's time for one of the biggest chess events of the year: the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Its first edition was in 1938, a modest four-player all-play-all that has grown into a huge festival that is now held for the 80th time.
The field of the masters group is a little bit stronger than in previous years, with six players from the current top 10 and nine players from the top 20. The top three all play: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The group also has three former world champions: Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, and Hou Yifan.
2018 Tata Steel Tournament | Masters
Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand, the only two participants in history who've won the tournament five times. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
The drawing of lots, on Friday afternoon, resulted in these pairings for the first round: Giri-Hou Yifan, Kramnik-Wei Yi, Svidler-Adhiban, Carlsen-Caruana, Jones-Karjakin, Anand-Matlakov, and So-Mamedyarov.
Arrived in Wijk aan Zee today for my 14th @tatasteelchess tournament! Here I am being interviewed for the Norwegian channel TV2, which will cover the tournament live. This is the strongest Tata Steel Masters field in many years! pic.twitter.com/FhRbv6v3Tn— Magnus Carlsen ( @MagnusCarlsen) January 12, 2018
Alongside this flagship event, there's once again the challengers group, where the winner will qualify for a spot in next year's masters. With an average rating of 2612, the top seed is Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of India.
2018 Tata Steel Tournament | Challengers
|1||GM||Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi||2718||34||1994|
|8||GM||Van Foreest, Jorden||2629||151||1999|
|14||IM||Van Foreest, Lucas||2481||973||2001|
The drawing of lots for this group took place during the traditional meet and greet on Thursday evening. The first pairings are Xiong-Bok, Korobov-Bluebaum, Girya-Gordievsky, J.Van Foreest- L.Van Foreest, Tari-Vidit, Krasenkow-L'Ami, and Bassem-Harika.
That the two brothers Jorden and Lucas van Foreest are playing in the first round was done on purpose. Similarly, the participants of the same country (Russia) in the Candidates' Tournament will be paired against each other in the early rounds.
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Both tournaments are 14-player round robins. The time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg and host Tex de Wit. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Broadcast by Chess.com
Just like in previous years, the official video broadcast will be "proudly powered" by Chess.com, which you can watch on both tatasteelchess.com and Chess.com/TV. All rounds start at 1:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. New York, 4:30 Pacific) in Wijk aan Zee, except for three rounds:
- On January 17, the masters group will play in Hilversum where the rounds starts half an hour later, at 2 p.m.
- On January 24, the masters group will play in Groningen where the rounds starts half an hour later, at 2 p.m.
- The final round, on Sunday January 28, starts 1.5 hours earlier, at noon local time.
Commentary will be provided by Yasser Seirawan, Robin van Kampen Eric Hansen, Jan Smeets, Ivan Sokolov, Sipke Ernst, Stefan Kuipers, Fiona Steil-Antoni and Tex de Wit. You can find the commentary schedule here.
Strong grandmasters in the first rows, among them Matlakov, Hou, Adhiban and Jones, together with chief arbiter Pavel Votruba (second left). | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Anish Giri picking lot number one, guaranteeing himself of two white games in the first two rounds. Giri can become the first Dutch winner since Jan Timman in 1985. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Host Tex de Wit asked Kramnik: "If you were to tie for first here, with whom would you like to share the victory with?" Kramnik: "With the lady of course!" | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Anand picking lot number six, an omen for winning the tournament for the sixth time? | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Will Adhiban be able to do as well as he did last year when he came shared third with 7.5/13? | Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
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I had special memories from legendary Wijk aan Zee fest which celebrates the 80th anniversary this year! Congratulations! Tomorrow first round! pic.twitter.com/pY65WEB0M0— Judit Polgar ( @GMJuditPolgar) January 12, 2018
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