2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament

  • SonofPearl
  • on 09.01.2013, 22:47.

tata_logo.jpgThe 2013 Tata Steel Chess tournament takes place from 12-27 January in the small town of Wijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Once again the familiar format of this famous annual tournament has three separate single round-robin competitions, the A, B, and C Groups, each featuring 14 players.

The strongest tournament is the A Group and this year features 6 out of the top 10 ranked players; world champion Vishy Anand, world #1 Magnus Carlsen, defending champion Lev Aronian, rising star Fabiano Caruana, world #6 Sergey Karjakin, and US champion Hikaru Nakamura

The former women's world chess champion Hou Yifan is the lowest seeded player in the A Group in what will be a real baptism of fire!

Ni Hua has had to withdraw from the B Group due to illness and is replaced by Sipke Ernst.

Play starts each day at 13:30 (12:30 UTC) except the final round which is at 12:00 (11:00 UTC).  The official website will have live games. There will also be live commentary here on Chess.com/TV beginning with the first round. Scroll down on the tv page for the schedule.

The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 seconds increment starting from the first move. There are 3 rest days on 16, 21 & 24 January.

Tata Steel 2013 Group A

# Name Fed Elo
1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2861
2 Aronian, Levon ARM 2802
3 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2781
4 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2780
5 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2772
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2769
7 Wang, Hao CHN 2752
8 Leko, Peter HUN 2735
9 Giri, Anish NED 2720
10 Harikrishna, Pentala IND 2698
11 van Wely, Loek NED 2679
12 Sokolov, Ivan NED 2663
13 L'Ami, Erwin NED 2627
14 Hou, Yifan CHN 2603


Tata Steel 2013 Group B

# Name Fed Elo
1 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2708
2 Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2688
3 Edouard, Romain FRA 2686
4 Tiviakov, Sergey NED 2655
5 Turov, Maxim RUS 2630
6 Rapport, Richard HUN 2621
7 Nikolic, Predrag BIH 2619
8 Smeets, Jan NED 2615
9 Dubov, Daniil RUS 2600
10 Ipatov, Alexander TUR 2587
11 van Kampen, Robin NED 2581
12 Grandelius, Nils SWE 2572
13 Timman, Jan NED 2566
14 Ernst, Sipke NED 2556


Tata Steel 2013 Group C

# Name Fed Elo
1 Peralta, Fernando ARG 2617
2 Kovchan, Alexander UKR 2579
3 Brunello, Sabino ITA 2572
4 Mekhitarian, Krikor Sevag BRA 2543
5 Romanishin, Oleg M UKR 2521
6 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2516
7 Swinkels, Robin NED 2508
8 Burg, Twan NED 2492
9 Van Der Werf, Mark NED 2450
10 Klein, David NED 2445
11 Goryachkina, Aleksandra RUS 2402
12 Bitensky, Igor ISR 2400
13 Admiraal, Miguoel NED 2321
14 Schut, Lisa NED 2295

Who are your picks for Tata Steel 2013? Will the world champion Vishy Anand rediscover his form? Will Magnus Carlsen consolidate his #1 ranking with another tournament win? Will Lev Aronian defend his 2012 title?  Will Hikaru Nakamura repeat his 2011 triumph?  Or will another player take the spoils?  Sound off in the comments...

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  • 4 lat temu


    I too am really excited to see Hou Yifan play!!!  She has a great dynamic style, and I hope she can take advantage of that to score some upsets.  

    Can anyone seriously bet against Magnus here?  The real question is who gets second.  I think Levon Aronian is going to make a fighting comeback from his slump and show us some great games to earn 2nd.  

  • 4 lat temu


    Go Magnus!!! take care Kiss

  • 4 lat temu


    Carlsen, the greatest player of all time!

  • 4 lat temu


    I miss Moro here and where is Polgar?

  • 4 lat temu


    GIRI GIRI GIRI!!!! aronian nakamura and carlsen of course ALL awesome, Not too familiar w/ caurana but definitely curious=]

  • 4 lat temu


    I am really excited that Hou Yifan is playing. She has already proven she can hold her own against very strong opposition. She is too good to be wasting her talent playing in these antediluvian women-only events and the Chinese government should be encouraging her to play in more tournaments like this! Though I don't imagine she will finish near the top, I think she will hold her own, and this will be good experience for her. If she keeps playing in such strong events I predict she will advance really quickly.

  • 4 lat temu


    Grandelius is going to be interesting to follow in group B... i've seen a match or two of his, (the chess club he's a member of played my club's first team a few months ago) and he's very promising, only turning 20 in the middle of the year

  • 4 lat temu


    @Constricta the committee doesn't in any case have eye for nationality, they invite players by how they perform and how the public will like to see them play, not because of where they are from.

    I'll be playing in one of the amateur events, anyone else there? :)

  • 4 lat temu


    I personally would have liked to have seen Ivanchuk in the A Group, too bad it would clash with his schedule at Gibraltar.

  • 4 lat temu

    IM Kacparov

    Goryachkina in Tata Steel?? That will be funny :)

  • 4 lat temu


    Really excited to see how this event goes, really do wish vishy puts up a strong performance but it mostly wont be enough anyways to stop our world no 1 carlsen from winning it. Lets hope this tournament sets up carlsen to touch 2900 mark.

    Also hope to see lot of exciting games with less errors in the game :)

  • 4 lat temu


    I love Hou's fighting spirit, but she's probably going to get crushed by half the competition. :P

  • 4 lat temu


    Magnus has surely earned a 2nd berth for Norway in the A group. why should China have 2 players there and Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway's No.2) not join in? if not Norway then maybe Scandinavia? what's so special about Chinese chess?

  • 4 lat temu


    Such wide ratings ranges in each group probably ensures some carnage, so all three groups should provide alot of entertainment.

    It's hard to go past Carlsen to win. Not just because he plays great, but he's just so tenacious and squeezes out extra 1/2 points that others can't.

    So, Carlsen to win, Nakamura is my dark horse and Anand to finish outside the top 3.

  • 4 lat temu


    Go Aronian!

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  • 4 lat temu


    magnus carlsen without a doubt.  Followed by 3 GMS and Vishy Anand, in that order:-)

  • 4 lat temu


    wheres mickey adams or nigel short?

  • 4 lat temu


    what a line up. Picking Carlsen but rooting for Giri, all very obvious :D

  • 4 lat temu


    I agree with _valentin_.

    Such a big event deserves a more 'balanced' gender participation. But nevertheless, I'm looking forward to this fine tournament. Playing chess fore more than 2 weeks at high level. Hunderds of chessplayers (at the same time and in the same hall 1700 amateurs play their own tournament!).

    Tata Steel Chess is for chessplayers what the Tour de France is for cyclists : -)

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