Saturday 16 January 2016

2016 Tata Steel

The 2016 Tata Steel (Wijk ann Zee) tournament starts tonight, with its usual collection of the worlds top players mixed with players of the next tier down. The headliners are Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana, with So, Karjakin and Liren not far behind.
As in previous years the event is a 14 player RR, so the chances of interesting games each round is high. Alongside the top event is the Challengers event, with the winner qualifying for the top event next year. Last year Australian IM Ari Dale played in this event (with some success), although this year he is playing in the slightly more modest Australian Junior Championship.
The tournament website carries all the details of the tournament. Games should begin at 11:30pm Canberra time (assuming I've done my maths correctly), so it will be late nights for local spectators.

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