2019-01-12

Tata Steel Masters 2019

The 81st Tata Steel Masters 2019 is a 14-player round-robin held in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands between 12 and 27 January.

Tata Steel is one of the most prestigious chess tournaments with a long tradition since 1938. Initially, it was called Hoogovens Tournament and was held in Beverwijk (the Netherlands). Since 1968 it is held in the small town of Wijk aan Zee. After the Dutch steel and aluminium producer Koninklijke Hoogovens merged with British Steel to form the Corus Group, the tournament was given the name Corus Tournament (2000-2010), and after Corus Group was purchased by Tata Steel, since 2011 the tournament is called Tata Steel. Tata Steel traditionally attracts the top chess players from around the world.

The tournament is featuring top 10 players including World Champion Magnus Carlsen (2835); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2817); Liren Ding (2813); Anish Giri (2783); Vladimir Kramnik (2777);  Viswanathan Anand (2773); Ian Nepomniachtchi (2763) etc.
The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment. If two or more players tie for first place a 2-game blitz (5+3) playoff and, if still tied, an Armageddon will be played.

Official site

Schedule in UTC:

Round 1    Jan 12, 2019    12:30 
Round 2    Jan 13, 2019    12:30 
Round 3    Jan 14, 2019    12:30 
Round 4    Jan 15, 2019    12:30 
Round 5    Jan 16, 2019    13:00 
Round 6    Jan 18, 2019    12:30 
Round 7    Jan 19, 2019    12:30 
Round 8    Jan 20, 2019    12:30 
Round 9    Jan 22, 2019    12:30 
Round 10    Jan 23, 2019    13:00 
Round 11    Jan 25, 2019    12:30 
Round 12    Jan 26, 2019    12:30 
Round 13    Jan 27, 2019    11:00 

Watch the games of the Tata Steel Masters 2019 with computer analysis LIVE on ChessBomb.

Read Peter Dogger's articles:
Ding Liren Catches Nepomniachtchi As Tata Steel Chess Visits Alkmaar
Tata Steel Chess R4: Carlsen Beats Giri's Drawing Streak
Tata Steel Chess R3: Nepomniachtchi Wins Again, Grabs Lead
Dutch Comeback: Giri, Van Foreest Win In Tata Steel Chess Round 2
Anand, Nepomniachtchi Start With Wins At Tata Steel Chess Tournament 
Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Ding Top Seeds At 81st Tata Steel Chess Tournament

View games from previous editions of Tata Steel:
80th Tata Steel 2018:  Masters 2018 and Challengers 2018
the article of Peter Dogers on 2018's edition Carlsen Beats Giri In Playoff, Wins Tata Steel Chess
79th Tata Steel 2017:  Masters 2017 and Challengers 2017
the article of Peter Dogers on 2017's edition 2017 Tata Steel Chess Tournament: Preview
78th Tata Steel 2016: Masters and Challengers
Tata Steel 2015 and the Blog post about Tata Steel 2015