Problem Solving in Wijk aan Zee

The 75th edition of Tata Steel tournament is being held in Wijk aan Zee. It is arguably the world’s most important festival and definitely one the biggest events on the chess calendar..
Results, reports and photos may be found on all leading chess websites as well as on the official website:

A large collection of lovely photos by Frans Andriessen may be seen also here:  

My 18 year old pupil IM David Klein plays in grandmaster group C. Another pupil, 11 years-old Sebastian Halfhide won one of the higher weekend 4 players groups with 2.5 out of 3 and qualified to a higher group next year.
My own legendary chess teacher IM Moshe Czerniak played this tournament in the sixties when it was still called Hoogovens toernooi and it was still played in the city of Beverwijk.

Personally I  have attended the Tata Steel tournament regularly for 20 years already. For years I used to play in the International reserve group and even once in the grandmaster group C (2006). In recent years I have been part of the press room team and the man in charge of the composition events. Hundreds of solvers from all over the globe send in online (and in the tournament venue) the solutions of the daily two-mover:



Here we present you an original endgame study especially composed for the 75th edition of Tata Steel tournament. The main lines up to an evident win are required.

Send your solutions online to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.  with your name and postal address. The closing date is January 23rd. 5 chess books will be drawn among all correct solutions.

The fourth Tata Steel Chess and Composition weekend will be held in Zeeduin Hotel on January 26th- 27th starting from 10.30

Current  solving world champion GM Piotr Murdzia (Poland) , former solving world champion GM John Nunn  (England) , best Dutch solver GM Dolf Wissman and world studies composing champion GM Oleg Pervakov (Russia) have confirmed their participation.   

Saturday, January 26: Studies Solving Competition. Prize fund 750 Euros.

Sunday, January 27: International Solving Competition (for problems and studies.), held simultaneously in many countries!

There are still a few free places available. Enter now at: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

Posted: January 15 - 2013


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