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Saturday, January 11, 2014

76th Tata Steel Chess 2014 begins with Levon Aronian as Top Seed

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Hello everyone,
Opening ceremony with a presentation based on The Night Watch at the opening of the 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament (2nd from left Fabiano Caruana, 3rd from left Sergey Karjakin, 1st from right Levon Aronian and third from the right Anish Giri ). Photo: Official website

The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess 2014 has begun albeit with two groups only. A special opening ceremony was held on Friday with the first round beginning Saturday. The colourful opening ceremony was based on The Night Watch or The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq (Dutch: De Nachtwacht) is the common name of one of the most famous works by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.In the 18th century the painting became known as the Night Watch. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world!

"In this edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, we want to provide players and chess in general a broader stage," said Dook van den Boer (Director of Tata Steel in IJmuiden) during the opening ceremony. "By choosing two venues in the Rijksmuseum and the High Tech Campus Eindhoven, we want to attract new audiences and inspire, from primary schools to universities, art lovers to engineers," said Van den Boer.

The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place from 10 to 26 January 2014. The players from the A group (Tata Steel Masters) playing on January 15 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on January 23 at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. The remaining rounds they play tradition in Wijk aan Zee, where the B-group (Tata Steel Challengers) and amateur tournaments are played.

For live games, list of participants, schedule etc. check the official website of the Tata Steel Chess.

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