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Tata Steel 2014 Downsized & Two New Venues

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 13-10-13 13:06.

Hit by the financial crisis, Tata Steel was forced to decrease its budget for the annual chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. The 76th edition will have two Grandmaster groups instead of three and only twelve players instead of fourteen in the A group. The other big news is that two rounds will be played outside Wijk aan Zee.

“The tournament is one of the most prestigious chess events in the world, has a rich history and is deeply rooted in Wijk aan Zee,” said Dook van den Boer, Director Tata Steel IJmuiden, last Wednesday at a press conference in Wijk aan Zee. “We will continue this tradition. Also next year, chess players and enthusiasts from around the world will follow the events on the tournament website, and players from the Netherlands will visit Wijk aan Zee to play in the many amateur tournaments. Again, for more than two weeks Wijk aan Zee will be the Mecca of chess. To add even more allure and give the chess tournament an even broader stage, the grandmasters of the A group will one day play at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and one day at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven,” announced Van den Boer on Wednesday.

Dook van den Boer (Director Tata Steel in IJmuiden), GM Anish Giri, Jeroen van den Berg (tournament director) and Bert-Jan Woertman (Marketing & Communications Director High Tech Campus Eindhoven). Photo © Vincent Bloothoofd.

“We look forward to be, for one day, not only the museum with the largest collection of old masters, but also the highest number of grandmasters,” said Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. “With its fascinating cultural history chess fits well with the Rijksmuseum.”

The players of the Grandmaster group A will play the 4th round at the Rijksmuseum on Wednesday, January 15. The "move" to the Rijksmuseum follows a trend of recent chess events taking place at museums. The 2012 world title match was held in the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, the 2013 Alekhine Memorial took place at the Louvre in Paris and in the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg while currently the Russian Championship Superfinal is being held at Rukavishnikov's Mansion in Nizhny Novgorod.

“The campus is a place where exceptional spirits feel at home,” said Bert -Jan Woertman, Marketing & Communications Director at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. “Top chess players and people from the campus staff speak the same language. They share a passion for solving complex problems through the logical use of knowledge and creativity. A perfect match for me.”

The players of the Grandmaster group A will play the 9th round at High Tech Campus Eindhoven on Thursday, January 23. At both locations outside Wijk aan Zee, there will be a special chess program for kids that will give them the opportunity to learn more about the game.

There was also less positive news. Hit by the crisis, the organizers had to cut down the top section of the Tata tournament. The Grandmaster group C has been dropped completely, while Grandmaster groups A will have twelve players instead of fourteen. This also means that there will be two more rest days for this group. The structure of the amateur tournaments remains unchanged. 

In the presence of Dutch top GM Anish Giri, tournament director Jeroen van den Berg announced 11 of the 12 players of the Grandmaster group A:

# Name Fed Born
1 Levon Aronian ARM 1982
2 Hikaru Nakamura USA 1987
3 Fabiano Caruana ITA 1992
4 Boris Gelfand ISR 1968
5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 1990
6 Leinier Dominguez CUB 1983
7 Anish Giri NED 1994
8 Arkadij Naiditsch GER 1985
9 Wesley So PHI 1993
10 Loek van Wely NED 1972
11 Richard Rapport HUN 1996
12      

The press release also mentions that Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand were invited, but “both preferred some rest after their world title match” in November. It may be noted that Anand did agree to participate in the London Chess Classic in December, which will be a rapid event.

The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 10 to 26 January 2014. The tournament website is tatasteelchess.com

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  • 13 maanden geleden

    hicetnunc

    There are other reasons as well : Naiditsch and Rapport qualified for the A group by jointly winning the 2013 B Group tournament, while Giri and So are the top two rated junior players in the world...

  • 13 maanden geleden

    dom_bottle

    Yes of course Capakarpova, they will pick the players based on the current fide elo ratings to form the A and B group. If and only if, as you have said, they accepted the invitation. Now, assuming the top 24 players inclined to join, Karjakin (#13), Dominguez (#14), and Giri (#24) will all be in group B. Leaving Naiditsch (#25) and players rated below him, including So, Van Wely, and Rapport out of the tournament. Now, why they are all in the A group? Simple. Because players rated above them didn't accept the invitation to join for whatever reasons they might have. Now Capakarpova, whose the one so hard to understand? You're so pathetic!

  • 13 maanden geleden

    capakarpova

    ok voice of reason hicetenunk.     all i meant was that their rating does not justify being in A group.   wesley so is ranked number 41 in the world. #41.   perhaps the  B group.    Now why is that so hard for a few people to understand?    oh, never mind they are both from the same country.   There goes any objectivity they might have.    Just think of how many top gms they passed up on.     It is purely a cost cutting measure.   I mean compared to other years and the quality of top players they invited.

  • 13 maanden geleden

    dom_bottle

    You are right Capakarpova, no one asked me to reply. But as you have said, you have a right to your opinion, and I have a right to my opinion as well. And as you have said, again, do not decide for others what they should think or say. So just accept whatever decisions the directors of this tournament has made. No double standard please.

    And to hicetnunc: you are very true. thank you.

  • 13 maanden geleden

    hicetnunc

    @dom_bottle : of course you're right.

    Don't worry about 'carpakova' - he is probably just another ill-bred kid as there are many in the chess.com forums Smile

  • 13 maanden geleden

    capakarpova

    dom bottle.   no one asked you to reply!!!    i have a right to my opinion as there are several much higher rated players who were not even asked.   so take it easy and do not decide for others what they should think or say.    lol

  • 13 maanden geleden

    dom_bottle

  • 13 maanden geleden

    capakarpova

    wesley so and van wely and possibly giri have no business playing in this elite tournament.      what about morozevich, ivanchuk, topalov or even leko not to mention kramnik and svidler???   this article does not mention if they were even asked.    

  • 13 maanden geleden

    wrothgar

    I will bet for the young guys this time!!!

    Caruana, So, and Giri :)

  • 13 maanden geleden

    hicetnunc

    Andreikin would be great : we need fresh blood ! Smile

  • 13 maanden geleden

    Hesper

    I am voting for Andreiken or Topalov as the 12th player

  • 13 maanden geleden

    wjcsz

    NO CHINESE.DISAPPOINTED.

  • 13 maanden geleden

    SummerStorm

    Only two GM groups? Will we get to see some of the older guys like Short and Shirov playing in the B group? Maybe a couple of up-and-coming younger players like Hou? What's the line-up?

  • 13 maanden geleden

    Bobby4785

    It must be an inspiring location!

    I hope that a young and talented Dutch GM will take the last place. However if Carlsen would loose the WC, he would probably want to join this tournament.

  • 13 maanden geleden

    nascutinbalta

    Hikaru Nakamura is one of favorites, he remember me by FischerSmile

  • 13 maanden geleden

    ChocolateTeapot

    Well spotted, repo. In an age where the wearing of watches is on the decline, AG is clearly bucking the trend. Maybe he has a new sponsor.

  • 13 maanden geleden

    pawn_in_shiningArmor

    Wanna see Karjakin vs. Nakamura Smile

  • 13 maanden geleden

    davidmelbourne

    Great to see Dominguez in the mix:))

  • 13 maanden geleden

    gregdocot

    Good luck to all the players of TATA Steel 2014. To, Wesley, I wish all the best. It is hoped this would be a fighting tourney. 

  • 13 maanden geleden

    adam35035

    ty or posting this info

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