"Supergrandmaster" tournaments don't always deliver the excitement that the name implies, but the tiny hamlet of Wijk aan Zee on the Dutch north coast has always lived up to the billing - and this year the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will be no different than any of the others in the long and storied history of what has always been regarded as the first - and many would argue the most important - major of the year.
For the 74th edition of the tournament, the 14-player A group is the strongest yet of the series and headed by world #1 Magnus Carlsen, and also includes world #2 Levon Aronian, Teimour Radjabov, Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Vugar Gashimov, defending champion Hikaru Nakamura, world championship challenger Boris Gelfand, Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, recent Reggio Emilia victor Anish Giri, David Navara and Loek Van Wely.
But wait, there's more....there's also a B group and a C group with a host of supporting stars - such as Lazaro Bruzon, Alexander Motylev, Pentala Harikrishna, Jan Timman, Illya Nyzhnyk and Matthew Sadler - as the side event to the main attraction of Carlsen & Co. All in all a veritable smorgasbord of top-class chess is coming your way soon, with the Tata Steel Chess Tournament getting underway on Saturday, running 14th through 29th January.
And ICC's ever-popular Chess.FM team of grandmasters of the mic will be back on the air to cover every move of the Tata Steel Tournament from start to finish, with all the very best in live commentary action from the likes of GMs Yasser Seirawan, Ronen Har-Zvi, Joel Benjamin, Alex Yermolinsky, Larry Christiansen, Gregory Kaidanov, Jan Smeets, David Smerdon et al.
One of the great benefits of ICC (apart from all the top-notch online play and tournaments) in recent years has been the upgrade in our popular Chess.FM service - many members agree that the live Chess.FM commentary plus GOTDs from our elite tournament coverage, and our regular weekly shows alone is worthy of their membership fee.
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