Saturday, January 10, 2015

TATA Steel 2015 start tonight!

The first major chess event this year will start tonight  ( 8.30 PM Malaysia time). It is the annual and 77th edition of the Wijk Aan Zee chess tournament, or now called the Tata Steel. This year Master section will see two world top players - World Champ and World no. 1- Magnus Carlsen as the first seed and World no.2 - Fabiano Caruana as the second seed.

 http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/files/news/2015/events/wijk/banner02.jpg
The remaining players who will compete in this section is :-

Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier Lagrave, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Teimour Radjabov, Ding Liren, Baadur Jobava, Vassily Ivanchuk, Women World Champ- Hou Yifan, Loek Van Wely and Ivan Saric. 

In the past, chess fan have witness a great rivalry between the 2K's  ( Kasparov-Karpov) and (Kasparov-Kramnik), but now  the match between the 2C's - Carlsen and Caruana has attract the most intention.

Magnus has a +1 encounter against Caruana ( +5 -4 =7 ) but Caruana won the recent encounter at Sinquinfield cup last year.

I also like to see how the new top ten player - Wesley So will fare in this tournament. As we already know, he has recently turn to pro and  announcing his next goal of 2800! He has already quit his study in US and change federation from Philippines to US.

What a way to start a new year. Couldn't wait to watch this super elite tournament to start!

You can watch the live game and get more info at the official site  here

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