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Wednesday 24 January: Chess On Tour Groningen

Plan Academy building
Plan Academy building

The official opening of match day will take place in the Academy Building of the University of Groningen at 2 p.m., in the presence of all participating international grandmasters and the audience. This will be followed by the round of matches, where the grandmasters can be seen in action. Meanwhile other events will take place at various places in the Academy Building.


2 p.m. Aula

28 top chess players compete: the Tata Steel Masters, including Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So and Anish Giri.

Offerhaus Lecture Hall

2 p.m. Live commentary in English and Dutch

The matches in the Aula will be covered by:

  • Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen
  • Dutch grandmaster Sipke Ernst from Groningen
Lecture Halls A7 and A8

2 – 6 p.m. Recruitment Day.

Meet Tata Steel! A Recruitment Day especially for students, where they can meet Tata Steel and get acquainted with chess. Discover the world of steel with a Virtual Reality tour of the steel company. For more information visit the Tata Steel website.

Geertsema Lecture Hall

3 – 5 p.m. Chess Conference

By invitation only.

Heymans Lecture Hall

2 – 2:45 p.m. Chess for Dummies

Easy-to-follow explanation by Robert Ris for anyone who knows little about chess and would like to change that. Ris (1988) has been an international chess master since 2007 and was part of the Dutch National Junior selection. Repeat session at 3.45 p.m.

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Chess for Dummies (repeat)

Robert Ris again explains the basics and background of the game. Earlier session at 2 p.m.

Tata Steel Chess tournament
Tata Steel Chess tournament
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