Title holder Magnus Carlsen made his nineteenth appearance. Top Dutch players Anish Giri and Jorden van Forest were also in attendance. No less than five of the fourteen entrants had won the previous Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Carlsen even eight times and therefore the record holder (2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2022). Aronian won the tournament four times (2007, 2008, 2012 and 2014). Caruana (2020), So (2017) and Van Forest (2021) have all won the tournament once.
The following grandmasters will compete for the title:
|Name||Country||Year of birth||Rating||World ranking|
|Fabiano Caruana||United States of America||1992||2766||6|
|Wesley So||United States of America||1993||2760||8|
|Levon Aronian||United States of America||1982||2735||17|
(FIDE rating vom 1-11-2022)
Best talent vs. world top
Tournament director Jeroen van den Berg is very pleased with the strong entrants. “Almost all the world’s top chess players want to participate here in January. We are always looking for the perfect mix of the world’s best players and emerging talent. In my opinion, we have succeeded in that. Great match is coming! And I’m not just talking about matches between the best players in the world. I am looking forward to how the best young talents, such as the sixteen-year-old Gukesh or the eighteen-year-old Abdusattorov, will compete with the established order.
Compete for the coveted title
“This is the strongest court I have ever seen at Wijk aan Zee. Very impressive line-up,” said Anish Giri, current world number 7 and tournament ambassador. “I heard the same enthusiasm from other participants. The Superb compete together for the coveted title in January. Everyone wants to win this tournament at least once and I think all participants will be able to do it in the next editions.”
Amateur chess players and spectators are welcome again
Hans van den Berg, CEO of Tata Steel Netherlands: “It’s great that we can once again organize a full tournament for this anniversary edition. That means including popular amateur tournaments and with all the associated events and meetups. Fortunately, the audience is also welcome again. That completes the tournament. We are proud to welcome back all chess fans to Wijk aan Zee in January.”
Anish Giri presented to the participants: