Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for January 15, 2021.
The pairings are up in Wijk aan Zee. Of note is the absence of fan favorite Daniil Dubov. After someone in is bubble tested positive for COVID-19, Daniil Dubov was scratched from the field and replaced by the German Grandmaster Alexander Donchenko. Donchenko is the only player listed who will be making his Tata Steel Tournament debut in round 1.
Now that we know who the players are, let’s take a look at the format. The tournament is scheduled for 13 rounds to be played between January 16th and January 31st. The time controls are 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added for each move.
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