BOTW: 2018.1.12

TATA Steel/Wijk aan Zee

January 13-28, 2018.

The 80th running of the Dutch by-the-sea classic is the first major chess event of 2018. The 14-player RR includes the traditional mix of world's top tier and weaker but interesting players, a mix which should ensure fighting chess as the top seeds have to play to win every game against the lower-rated guests:

Name FIDE Country Rank
Carlsen, Magnus 2834 NOR 1
Caruana, Fabiano 2811 USA 2
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2804 AZE 3
So, Wesley 2792 USA 6
Kramnik, Vladimir 2787 RUS 7
Svidler, Peter 2768 RUS 10
Anand, Viswanathan 2767 IND 11
Karjakin, Sergey 2753 RUS 14
Giri, Anish 2752 NED 15
Wei, Yi 2743 CHN 22
Matlakov, Maxim 2718 RUS 32
Hou, Yifan 2680 CHN 64
Adhiban, B. 2655 IND 96
Jones, Gawain 2640 ENG 127

Notes:

  • Carlsen: the World Champion won the FIDE Blitz Championship in December, but hasn't won a top classic since 2016.
  • So: the defending Champion.
  • Kramnik has played in Wijk 12 times, his best result being =1st with Anand in 1998.
  • Svidler is now the 8-time Russian Champion, having won again in 2017.
  • Anand first played in Wijk 29 years ago -- before 9 of the other players were born! The ex-World Champ won the 2017 FIDE Rapid Championship in December.
  • Yifan: the #1 FIDE-rated woman in the world, and former Women's World Champion.
  • Jones: qualified by winning the Challengers Group in 2017.

Interesting Rounds:

  • 1: Carlsen - Caruana
  • 4: Giri - Carlsen
  • 5: Carlsen - Kramnik
  • 7: Anand - Kramnik, and Mamedyarov - Wei Yi
  • 13: Karjakin - Carlsen

Live Games and Commentary (starts 7:30 EST)

Commentators include Robin van Kampen, Yasser Seirawan, and Eric Hansen, who will do onsite commentary from rounds 6-13.

https://www.tatasteelchess.com/live/live-games

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments

Homepage

https://www.tatasteelchess.com