The Table is Set for Chess in Wijk aan Zee

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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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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