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Tata Steel Chess 2012 begins Jan 13 with super line-up!

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Hello everyone,

So, here comes the year's first real big chess tournament with lot of top players - not counting out the closed six-player round robin, the Reggio Emilia Chess, that just concluded with Anish Giri winning the top honours.

The Tata Steel 2012 will take place 13-29 January 2012 in Wijk Aan Zee. It is the first super chess tournament of the year with two players from the 2800 club – Carlsen and Aronian – and multiple grandmasters from the 2700 list.

Among the participants is the winner of last year’s Tata Steel – GM Hikaru Nakamura, the co-winner of Tata B, GM David Navara, and the winner of Tata C GM Daniele Vocaturo.

All games will be with analysis on by GM Naiditsch and the Chess Evolution team, while additional computer analysis will be provided by the Chessdom/Chessbomb live games platform.

Review all games of last year at this link.

Tata Steel A 2012

GM Magnus Carlsen NOR 2823
GM Levon Aronian ARM 2807
GM Sergey Karjakin RUS 2772
GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2768
GM Vasily Ivanchuk UKR 2765
GM Vugar Gashimov AZE 2756
GM Gata Kamsky USA 2756
GM Hikaru Nakamura USA 2753
GM Teymour Radjabov AZE 2752
GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2746
GM Anish Giri NED 2722
GM Fabiano Caruana ITA 2712
GM David Navara CZE 2705
GM Loek van Wely NED 2689

Tata Steel B 2012

GM Alexander Motylev RUS 2690
GM Lazaro Bruzon CUB 2682
GM Pentala Harikrishna IND 2672
GM Vladimir Potkin RUS 2671
GM Sergey Tiviakov NED 2647
GM Dimitri Reinderman NED 2594
GM Erwin l’Ami NED 2592
GM Sipke Ernst NED 2581
GM Illya Nyzhnik UKR 2561
GM Jan Timman NED 2555
GM Kateryna Lahno UKR 2554
GM Daniele Vocaturo ITA 2537
GM Viktorija Cmilyte LIT 2525
GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2505

Tata Steel C 2012

GM Maxim Turov RUS 2643
GM Matthew Sadler ENG 2625
GM Hans Tikkanen SWE 2591
GM Daan Brandenburg NED 2522
GM Elina Danielian ARM 2517
IM Sahaij Grover IND 2514
WGM Elisabeth Paehtz GER 2461
WGM Tania Sachdev IND 2419
Pieter Hopman NED 2351
Lars Ootes NED 2340
WIM Lisa Schut NED 2290
WIM Anne Haast NED 2264
FM Etienne Goudriaan NED 2250


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 has three main tournaments. They are played according to the ’round robin’ system, whereby each competitor plays in turn against every other during the tournament. All three Grandmaster groups have 14 players and start on January 13th. All rounds begin at 13.30 hours, except for the last round on January 29th, which begins at 12.00 hours. There are rest days: on January 18th, 23rd, and 26th.

Time control

The time control is: 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

You can access the official website at this link.

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