Tue. Sep 27th, 2022

Right here at Chess.com, we could have our personal distinctive on-site reside feed from the match corridor for the Tata Metal Chess match in Wijk aan Zee. Add to the Web’s largest chess group and one of the best commentators (in any language – English, Russian, Portuguese, you identify it), Chess.com is the place to look.

However how does this tiny seaside resort within the Netherlands nonetheless captivate the chess world after the higher a part of eight a long time? The location of among the biggest video games in chess historical past, and starring gamers of the very best order, by internet hosting the one match held yearly with out fail since World Conflict II.

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The world champion, GM Magnus Carlsen, has recorded it seven occasions; The grasp he changed as champion, GM Viswanathan Anand, received right here 5 occasions, the second most in historical past. In whole, 10 world champions have received a match in Wijk aan Zee. No different match can declare this.

Listed here are seven causes you will not need to miss out on this yr’s version of Tata Metal Chess right here at Chess.com. (And also you particularly will not need to miss #5!)

Carlson 2900. Push began for

After the joys of victory on the FIDE World Championship and the agony of defeat on the 2021 World Speedy & Blitz (although the highest three in Speedy will thrill another person), Carlsen performs his first over-the-board classical chess because the title. Compete towards GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Magnus Carlson
Carlsen appeared overjoyed on the win, however does the title of world champion nonetheless enchantment to him? eh. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen made extra information quickly after that victory, claiming that he would solely defend his title towards a “subsequent technology” meant by everybody as one particular person: GM Alireza Turquoise. Turquoise will not be right here (see under) however Carlsen gave us one thing else to take a look at: making an attempt to hit an exceptional ranking (for anybody) of 2900.

How onerous wouldn’t it be to succeed in 2900? Nicely, if the world champion scores 13/13 on Tata – if he wins each single sport – he’ll attain his objective by the top of the match. With a ranking of 2906.

This offers him sufficient room to make it with one draw, however not two. When you assume it sounds inconceivable, that is as a result of it’s. However it’s theoretically attainable, and if “the technically appropriate finest sort is appropriate,” then the theoretically attainable absolute best sort.

Clearly, Carlson does not anticipate him to succeed in 2900 in a single go, however it reveals how vital his work is. Even a stellar efficiency equal to GM Anatoly Karpov’s 11/13 in Linares 1994 and GM Fabiano Caruana’s 8.5/10 in Sinkfield 2014 would not fairly minimize it; He should additionally overcome these memorable massacres.

Carlsen's rating has been on every rating list since 2006.  Good luck reaching that limit we added at 2900.
Carlsen’s ranking on each ranking record since 2003. Luck reached 2900.

A poor efficiency, in the meantime, might successfully finish Carlson’s newest quest earlier than it even begins. It could even be a shock—lower than a statistical one, however maybe extra of a story one—so it is also one thing to look at.

…and different world championship story

Actually 2900 targets was not the one story popping out of the World Championship. GM Daniil Dubov, particularly, remained in Carlsen’s second staff, though Carlsen’s rivals have been additionally Russian. A 3rd countryman, GM Sergei Karjakin… was not comfortable. Now that feud has loomed over the Karjakin-Dubov matchup that we’ll see in Wijk aan Zee, which is way higher than no matter nationwide kinship they nonetheless really feel.

Carlsen’s sport with Karjakin could have its personal intrigue within the type of a 2016 World Championship rematch, and by no means thoughts the 2018 rematch with Caruana. Carlsen couldn’t beat both of them within the Basic in these matches, and they’re now two of his hardest opponents in his 2900 effort. And though Carlsen and Caruana have performed numerous occasions, this might be their first encounter as Carlsen famously acknowledged that he was glad to not face Caruana or GM Ding Liren on the 2021 FIDE World Championships.

Dubov and Carlsen maintain out within the 2021 Speedy & Blitz. Regardless of the facial interruption that may confuse observers in 2042, we expect present readers can inform who Carlson is. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Carlsen additionally has to play towards not one however two gamers who’ve a deep information of his preliminary preparations after serving to him on the 2021 World Championship: Dubov and GM Jordan van Forest. How their video games start with them and the way they finish might be price noting. To not point out, did Dubov and Van Forrest be taught something about one another within the course of?

And, Van Forrest, the place have we heard that identify earlier than? That is proper, he received the title some time again on Tuesday. No, wait, wasn’t there an enormous incident? Ah, sure: this one.

final yr’s story

The earlier Tata Metal chess match in 2021 was a doozy. The residents of the host nation have been thrilled that it resulted in a tie between two Dutch opponents, Van Forest and GM Anish Giri, though disillusioned that just one could possibly be named champion after the tiebreak.

In solely the second tiebreak because the rule got here into pressure in 2018, Giri fell 0-2 in such conditions – after struggling the identical destiny towards Carlsen in ’18, which he could have wished to avenge – as Van Forest pulled in. Armageddon upset.

Each gamers are making a comeback this yr. ,No Returning this yr is Turquoise, who interrupted his sport within the closing spherical in 2021 to make room for the tiebreak.) Giri, who may be very near being the primary Dutch participant to win this Dutch match a number of occasions since 1985 Comes, just for the small, low-rated Van Forrest to defeat him To beat it and it doing He want to preserve his dominance. Van Forrest, in the meantime, will assist his 2021 win with one other sturdy efficiency all through the 2022 match.

Whereas Van Forrest was the shock winner in 2021, there was a shocking chief at first of the match: GM Nils Grandelius. He’s again this yr as effectively, seeking to enhance on that efficiency after a late fading, together with a closing spherical loss to Van Forrest, which allowed the latter to tie for first. You see, it is all intertwined.

And by the best way, bear in mind the current controversy in regards to the tiebreak system on the World Speedy Championship, the place solely two gamers made the playoffs regardless of a four-way tie for first place? So did the organizers of Tata Metal. Till two days earlier than the match, a repeat of the World Speedy was attainable, as a multi-way tie is unlikely when there are solely 14 gamers. However now we do not have to fret about that—it would even be time to root out the three-way tie for the primary time.

Tata Steel 2022 Carlson Caruana
And the 2 gamers who’ve been overlooked of the 2021 World Speedy tiebreak? Carlson and Caruana, seen right here in 2017. however who wished to see they The 2 play chess, anyway? Nicely, no less than we’ll have one other probability. Picture: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Grand Prix Warmup

The subsequent huge classical chess match after Tata would be the FIDE Grand Prix. At the least six Tata Metal individuals will journey to Berlin and/or Belgrade for the Grand Prix beginning in February: Giri, Dubov, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, GM Richard Rapoort, GM Vidit Gujrathi, and GM Sam Shankland.

On this match, they are going to be trying ahead to the ultimate two particularly for his or her sport versus Duda and Karjakin, who knocked them each out within the quarter-finals of the FIDE World Cup final August. Shankland-Karjakin was a very brutal slugfest on the time, with Karjakin successful not as soon as however twice in an on-demand (win-or-take-home) state of affairs.

Tata Steel FIDE Grand Prix Chess 2022

With a lot Grand Prix overlap, the following few months are more likely to see a number of sport rematches in Wijk aan Zee. Relying on how issues end up, it’s unlikely the 2 gamers within the closing spherical at Tata will face one another once more in lower than every week for the primary spherical of the Grand Prix.

How will gamers react in the event that they win an enormous sport at Tata, however in return they are going to present their preliminary preparation for a closing Grand Prix match? Bear in mind, the ultimate two gamers for the Grand Prix 2022 Candidates Match might be determined. talking of which…

Candidates Preview (#5!)

You’ll want to know the whole lot that occurred at Tata as soon as the candidates arrive in June. Relying on how the Grand Prix strikes, there could possibly be as many 5 The candidates we see at play right here.

As of writing, we all know of three gamers who would have certified for the Grand Prix, however will not be required to play as they’re already candidates: Caruana, Karjakin and GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The latter two would play a rematch of the World Cup closing (not like soccer, how good is Poland and Russia anyway?) the place each gamers certified as candidates. Likewise within the closing, Duda reached Carlsen, stopping Carlsen, who was on an enormous position within the occasion – so that is one other Carlson matchup with a narrative to look at.

Karuana-Karjakin, in the meantime, might be a evaluate in addition to a preview, because the 2018 and 2016 candidates face off. Not solely that, however within the yr they did not win, they tied another person in second place.

As for the Caruana-Duda matchup, the Polish participant has crushed an American in a classical sport to date in his profession (0–3). To say {that a} win at Wijk aan Zee could be signal for Madrid (the candidates’ website).

In the meantime, an enormous transfer for Caruana could be if he can get again that ranking at 2800 at Tata, which we should say is way extra probably than Carlson reaching 2900 right here.

youth motion

The gamers we have not talked about but are two juniors (age underneath 20): GM Pragyanand R and Andrey Esipenko in Tata 2022. this brings us to date one other The story of Magnus (who knew the boy was so lively?) we’ve got not but reached. In 2021, Carlsen was topped by Esipenko in the identical match earlier than Duda defeated him within the World Cup.

Carlsen, considerably in revenge on the World Cup, destroyed Esipenko, albeit solely after one other monumental combat. However Tata’s victory could be a much more poetic retribution for the world champion.

So far as Pragyananand is anxious, he often is the lowest rated participant on the sector however he’s additionally the youngest and has an opportunity to stun the world along with his stellar performances. He may even search to avenge the loss to Esipenko within the 2019 Tata Metal Challengers match, to not point out how many individuals could have nationwide curiosity in his sport towards Vidit. (One other worldwide bout to look at might be Caruana-Shankland, whereas Carlsen-Grandelius battles for Scandinavian dominance.)

subsequent nice sport

Wijk aan Zee has been the positioning of among the biggest chess video games of all time, together with maybe the best of all time in 1999 between GM Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov. In anticipation of the nice chess we’ll quickly be witnessing, take pleasure in this Mount Rushmore set of Wijk video games, designed by GM John Nunn, Vadim Zvyazginsev (in open tournaments, however you may see why we needed to embrace it), Kasparov, and Anand. , all annotated by Chess.com’s NMs Anthony Levine (for Cifuentes versus Zvjaginsev) and Sam Copeland (relaxation).

Who will play the following masterpiece? There’s just one technique to discover out. As you learn in full, the stakes are actually fairly excessive.


So it is time. This basic match of classical type gradual chess is beginning afresh from fifteenth January. With our preview article arising like this, you positively will not need to miss a second of the remainder of Chess.com’s protection.

Who do you assume will win Tata Metal Chess 2022? Which matchup are you most excited for? Inform us within the feedback, after which watch the match begin on January 15 on Chess.com!

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