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The Tata Steel Masters 2021 is scheduled to be the 83rd edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament and to take place in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, from 15 January to 31 January 2021.[1] The format of the tournament for 2021 has been altered to meet the COVID-19 guidelines and measures from local authorities and the RIVM. All side events, the Amateur Tournament and the Challengers tournament, had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. For the same reasons, public attendance will not be possible. [2]


The Tata Steel Masters will play against each other in 13 rounds in a round-robin tournament. The rate of play 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.

Tiebreak Rules[]

In case two players share first place in the Masters (if more players share the first prize, the first two players will be selected according to the criteria as stated below), they will play a tie-break after the last round, on Sunday 31, January 2021. The time control for two Blitz games is 5 min + 3 sec and possible Armageddon in the third game (White has 5 minutes and Black 4 minutes, + 3 seconds increment as of move 60). Drawing of lots will be provided by the Chief Arbiter. A tie-break will start at 18.00 hours sharp.

If other games are still in progress then, they will be moved to a different section within De Moriaan, where they will be continued. The Chief Arbiter will decide when these games will be moved and players are expected to abide by this decision.

Tiebrak criteria for a play-off[]

  1. the mutual result;
  2. the Sonneborn-Berger score;
  3. the player with more number of games with black;
  4. drawing of lots.


Player B-Year Rating World
(January 2021)[3]
Magnus Carlsen 1990 2862 1
Fabiano Caruana 1992 2823 2
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1990 2784 5
Anish Giri 1990 2764 11
Alireza Firouzja 2003 2749 18
Jan-Krzysztof Duda 1998 2743 19
Pentala Harikrishna 1986 2732 22
Radoslaw Wojtaszek 1987 2705 36
Daniil Dubov 1996 2702 37
Andrey Esipenko 2002 2686 49
David Anton Guijarro 1995 2675 61
Jorden Van Foreest 1999 2671 67
Nils Grandelius 1993 2663 80
Aryan Tari 1999 2618 183