January 18, 2011

Past & Present merge beautifully in Tata Steel Chess!

Welcome back! While we are waiting for the games to finish, I invite you for a short photo visit in the tournament's archive. I am very happy that I took 3 books from Erwin's chess library, to make myself busy when he's playing:) This is how I discovered the following beautiful pictures, taken from the anniversary books of the tournament, when it was called: Hoogovens.

Now I understand why the famous chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee has such a big success: the past is perfectly integrated into the present, the atmosphere is the same, nothing has changed - only the technology and people. It's the 73rd edition this year, a tournament full with history and strong roots into the past, which makes it so exciting for old or for young, for players or for visitors, for me or for you.
Traditions and modern technologies come across in building what everybody calls now: Tata Steel Chess.

Petrosian - Larsen, 1960.

Friso Nijboer - Luke McShane, 2011.
The same enthusiastic public, the same flags,
only different clocks:)

Amateur groups in 1989.

Amateur groups in 2011.

The B-Group in 1989.

The B-Group in 2011.
The difference: people can watch the games
on tv-screens instead of wooden boards.

Chess symbol of the tournament for 21 years!

And of course, it's still here:)

 Karpov with the Dutch Prince and the former King, 1988.
Welcome drink during the opening ceremony in the same tent as...

...in 2011! Probably they changed a few things, 
but the idea remains the same.
Picture from: www.chessvista.com

Anand shared first in 1989!

2011: the final standings are unknown yet:)
+2 after 4 rounds for Anand.

Ivanchuk analysing his game in 1996.
What changed?

Same look, but different outfit:)

Najdorf - Ree, 1971. Look at the background:
the very well known bricks. This is one thing that's
missing this year:)

The same Moriaan, the same analysing room,
but with a new look!


  1. Wow... this is such a great post! all your posts are really nice but I really enjoyed this one!

  2. This was a good idea. Great photos. By the way, did you know GM Anand won this event 5 or 6 times already? Unbelievable.

  3. According to my calculations, he won 6 times! He is the only one who has the chance to win them all: Hoogovens, Corus and now Tata Steel!

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