January 2016

Making the right move

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2016, set to take place from January 15-31, in Netherlands, attracts leading chess players and amateurs from across the world

Fourteen of the world’s leading chess grandmasters will compete during the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament from January 15-31, 2016. The lineup includes current world champion Magnus Carlsen, who won the London Chess Classic this December and Dutch favourite Anish Giri, who is currently third in the world rankings.

Most of the tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee, a coastal village adjacent to the Tata Steel factories in IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Additionally, two 'Chess On Tour' events are planned in other locations: one at the Railway Museum in Utrecht and one at the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam.

“The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is renowned among chess players and lovers around the world for providing an unrivalled experience,” said Myra Rooselaar, Tata Steel Chess Tournament chairwoman and head of corporate branding for main sponsor and organiser, Tata Steel. “Only at this event do amateurs and professionals play in the same room and does the audience have a chance to come face-to-face with their chess heroes. Because we recognise the link between chess and the development of cognitive skills among kids, we have a wide collaboration with national and regional schools to encourage kids of all abilities to come and learn to play chess in a fun and inclusive way. We’ll also be launching our first Tata-Kids of Steel Chess events during this tournament, and opening our very first live size chess court right in our community.”

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament can be followed live online, including exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage at www.tatasteelchess.com