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The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is an annual chess tournament. The tournament was created in 1938, as the Hoogovens Tournament, an employee tournament for the steel producer Hoogovens, taking place in Beverwijk, The Netherlands.[1][2] In 1968, the tournament moved to Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, which still remains the location to the main tournament.[3]

The Masters group pits fourteen of the world’s best against each other in a round-robin tournament. Since 1938, there has been a long list of famous winners, including Max Euwe, Tigran Petrosian, Jan Timman, Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. Of the eight World Chess Champions since 1946, only the names of Vasily Smyslov and Bobby Fischer are missing.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 History - Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
  2. All-time Tournaments - Tata Steel Chess. Tata Steel Chess.
  3. Wijk aan Zee - Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Tata Steel Chess Tournament.