The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is an annual chess tournament held in January starting the academic calendar of elite chess tournaments. It is held in Wijk Aan zee, the Netherlands and is considered as โ€˜Wimbledon of Chessโ€™ in which top Grandmasters from across the world are invited which fight in 13 rounds of single round robin format. There are different events arranged in Wijk Aan zee during first month of the year viz; Tata steel chess festival, Amateur chess tournament, online tournaments, etc.

Recently Tata steel chess hosted its 84th edition of prestigious tournament in 2022 GM Anish Giri as tournament ambassador. World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen emerged as a winner of 84th edition with one round to spare and 1.5 points ahead of the equally strong field with undefeated and 6wins in 13 rounds of which one win was by forfeit against Russian GM Daniil Dubov who was tested covid positive and have to end his tournament with 3 rounds remaining. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarovand GM Richard Rapport were tied on 2nd spot with 8 points each. The challengers section of this edition was won by 18-year-old Indian sensation GM Arjun Erigaisi whose performance was class apart in challengersโ€™ section and booked a spot in next yearโ€™s Masters section.

GM Magnus Carlsen won his 8th title in Wijk Ann zee in fashion by beating top GM Fabiano Caruana with black pieces in 12th round with right exchange sacrifice and converted endgame in his style. โ€œI think there have been a lot of good moments here in this tournament. I think I have had nine winning positions and I converted five of them which is probably one or two too little, considering what I had. There are a lot of positives, especially compared to the last couple of years where I didnโ€™t play well and frankly didnโ€™t get many chances. So, the huge amount of chances that I got, itโ€™s of course partly due to my opponents playing a bit weaker than usual but l think I also managed to create more of them than normal. Obviously, the total score +5 is great and more than enough for tournament victory but there is always this thought that it could have been even better, that will have to be another time. I am really satisfied in general.โ€ - Magnus Carlsen said on his performance at 84th Tata Steel Chess 2022 Masters.

30th, January 2022