Pieterskerk, Kloksteeg 16 2311 SL LEIDEN
World champion Magnus Carlsen, who is currently defending his title in London, will once again participate in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament next January, the organisation announced today. Five other players of the world’s top ten grandmasters will participate: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3), Ding Liren (4), Anish Giri (5), Vladimir Kramnik (7) and Viswanathan Anand (8). The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 11 – 27 January 2019. There will also be two Chess On Tour events. The Tata Steel Masters will play the 5th round in Theater de Vest in Alkmaar on Wednesday 16 January and will play the 10th round in the Pieterskerk in Leiden on Wednesday 23 January. All rounds are open to the public free of charge and can also be followed online.
Theo Henrar, chairman of Tata Steel Nederland, at the announcement at the Pieterskerk: “I hope that the games that will be played during the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be of such high level that they will strike a spark, especially among the younger generations. It would be wonderful if the games played in Leiden, Alkmaar and Wijk aan Zee will increase the interest in and passion for the sport of chess. This sport is a unifying force. It brings together people from all over the world, regardless of age, sex or origin. You fight each other behind the board, but it is a good tradition to analyse the game together afterwards and learn from it. That attitude promotes understanding, which is something today’s society needs more than ever. “
Strong field of participants
Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg: “The 81st edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament has a very strong field of participants. The Tata Steel Masters group has an average rating of 2755, with six grandmasters from the world’s top ten. After several years’ absence star player Ding Liren from China will make his comeback. He was at the centre of attention recently, because he managed to remain unbeaten for 100 games in a row. We also have a number of players making their debut in the Tata Steel Masters: Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Samuel Shankland, Vladimir Fedoseev, Vidit Gujrathi and Jorden van Foreest. The latter stands out most. The former Dutch national champion has finished his secondary school and has decided to go for chess fulltime. He already drew attention by becoming Dutch champion at 17, but then it was a little too early for him. Although his rating is relatively low for the Tata Steel Masters, I think his time has come now. Jorden can now show whether he is up to the task. He has displayed a lot of talent and this experience will only make him stronger. The players making their debut will guarantee a fighting spirit in the Tata Steel Masters. They have shown to be fearless on numerous occasions and will certainly make life difficult for the traditional top players.”
Participants Tata Steel Masters 2019
Name - Country - Rating - Position
GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2835 1
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2817 3
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2816 4
GM Giri, Anish NED 2780 5
GM Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2777 7
GM Anand, Viswanathan IND 2773 8
GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2763 13
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2757 14
GM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL 2738 19
GM Shankland, Samuel USA 2724 29
GM Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2714 32
GM Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2702 44
GM Van Foreest, Jorden NED 2613 194
The 14th player will be announced in December, when it is known who will be the highest ranked player in the ACP Competition with a rating under 2750 on 1 December. The participants of the Tata Steel Challengers will be announced at the same time.
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