Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016: Introduction

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016, takes place in the Dutch seaside town of Wijk aan Zee, from the 15th to the 31st of January.

As always, the main venue for the event will be the De Moriaan Community Centre. As has been the case in recent years, there will also be two ‘chess on tour’ rounds played away from the De Moriaan. These will take place at the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht and the Science Center NEMO, in Amsterdam.

The tournament consists of two main groups this year, a ‘Masters’ group and a ‘Challengers’ group. Details of the groups are shown below:

Masters    Challengers   
GMMagnus CarlsenNOR2844GMLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuGER2679
GMAnish GiriNED2798GMAdhiban BaskaranIND2653
GMFabiano CaruanaUSA2787GMEltaj SafarliAZE2653
GMWesley SoUSA2773GMAlexey DreevRUS2644
GMSergey KarjakinRUS2769GMErwin l'AmiNED2627
GMLiren DingCHN2766GMBenjamin BokNED2607
GMPavel EljanovUKR2760GMSamuel SevianUSA2578
GMShakhryar MamedyarovAZE2747GMMikhail AntipovRUS2567
GMMichael AdamsENG2744GMNijat AbasovAZE2556
GMDavid NavaraCZE2730WGMWenjun JuCHN2548
GMEvgeny TomashevskyRUS2728IMJorden van ForeestNED2541
GMYi WeiCHN2706IMNino BatsiashviliGEO2485
GMYifan HouCHN2673IMMiguoel AdmiraalNED2441
GMLoek van WelyNED2640WGMAnne HaastNED2391

Playing Schedule:

The tournament will be played over 13-rounds and according to the round robin format. Because of the switch in venues for a couple of rounds, and the groups having staggered rest days, the schedule takes a little understanding …

MastersChallengers
1 - Sat 16;
2 - Sun 17;
3 - Mon 18;
4 - Tue 19.

Rest day: Wed 20.

5 - Thu 21 (Amsterdam);
6 - Fri 22;
7 - Sat 23;
8 - Sun 24.

Rest day: Mon 25.

9 - Tue 26;
10 - Wed 27 (in Utrecht).

Rest day: Thu 28.

11 - Fri 29;
12 - Sat 30;
13 - Sun 31.
1 - Sat 16;
2 - Sun 17;
3 - Mon 18;
4 - Tue 19;
5 - Wed 20.

Rest day: Thu 21 Jan.

6 - Fri 22;
7 - Sat 23;
8 - Sun 24.

Rest day: Mon 25.

9 - Tue 26;
10 - Wed 27.

Rest day: Thu 28.

11 - Fri 29;
12 - Sat 30;
13 - Sun 31.
Average Rating: 2748

Category: 20
Average Rating: 2569

Category: 13

— Play begins at 13:30 local time (check your time, here) for most rounds. Exceptions are, the final round, which starts at 12:00 noon and for games in Amsterdam and Utrecht, (on the 21st and 27th, as indicated above), which start at 14:00.

Time Control: 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves. Then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

More information can be found at the official tournament website: www.tatasteelchess.com

 

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