Magnus Carlsen will be hunting a record 8th title in the Wijk aan Zee top group when the Tata Steel Masters starts at 14:00 CET on Saturday 15th January. 2020 winner Fabiano Caruana and local hero Anish Giri are likely to provide the toughest competition, as 16-year-old Praggnanandhaa makes his supertournament debut. Another Indian, 18-year-old Arjun Erigaisi, is perhaps the player to watch in the Challengers, while the dream team of Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson will be back here on chess24!
Magnus Carlsen missed a chance to get revenge for last year’s loss to Andrey Esipenko when he took a 21-move draw in Round 1 of the 2022 Tata Steel Masters. Fabiano Caruana and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also spoilt winning positions against Sergey Karjakin and Daniil Dubov, allowing three players to snatch the early lead. Jan-Krzysztof Duda entered the live Top 10 with a win over Richard Rapport, defending champion Jorden van Foreest beat Nils Grandelius, and Vidit won the day’s longest game as he ground down Sam Shankland in a six-hour marathon.