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Kings, Queens and Rookies


160 pages, hardback, New in Chess, 1. edition 2023

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Every winter, the world's strongest chess players and most promising chess prodigies travel to a small seaside village in the Netherlands to immerse themselves for two weeks in chess and chess only. Usually, the World Champion is there, vying for victory. Garry Kasparov won three times, Vishy Anand won five times, and Magnus Carlsen won a record eight times.

The tournament is a gift of the local steel company to their neighbours, the shops, restaurants and B&Bs, and the global community of chess lovers. Hundreds of amateur chess players come to Wijk aan Zee and play in the same hall as the elite grandmasters. Fans all around the world can follow the games with expert commentary during the online live broadcasts.

In 2023, the Tata Steel Chess tournament celebrates its 85th edition. This book captures the uniqueness of the festival in 159 pages. It tells the stories of the winners, the amateurs and their favourite restaurants. Dozens of pictures highlight how photogenic the event is. And, of course, the book includes magnificent chess games annotated by the winners. Wijk aan Zee and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament bring out the best in chess..

Erwin l'Ami is a Dutch Grandmaster and a regular participant in Wijk aan Zee.

Peter Doggers is's Director of News and Events.

Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam is editor-in-chief of New In Chess magazine.

Peter Boel is the managing editor of New In Chess books.
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EAN 9789493257771
Weight 760 g
Manufacturer New in Chess
Width 19.5 cm
Height 23.5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2023
Author Dirk Jan ten GeuzendamErwin l´AmiPeter BoelPeter Doggers
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 9789493257771
Pages 160
Binding hardback
009 A Jubilee Edition
The Past 25 Years
013 My Wijk aan Zee - Erwin l’Ami
027 Winning in Wijk aan Zee - Interview Jan Timman and Jorden van Foreest
035 Garry Kasparov
039 Veselin Topalov
042 John van der Wiel
044 The Tarantella Connection
046 Viswanathan Anand
050 Maarten Etmans
053 Vladimir Kramnik
055 Anish Giri
058 Ivan Sokolov
061 Magnus Carlsen
The First 60 Years
065 A View from the Dunes - Peter Boel
The Games
079 Diamonds and Pearls
081 Kasparov Topalov
089 Timman Romanishin
096 Carlsen Ernst
098 Polgar Svidler
101 Topalov Kramnik
108 Giri Aronian
113 Aronian Anand
117 Carlsen Sokolov
123 So Harikrishna
130 Giri Mamedyarov
136 Caruana Duda
143 Van Foreest Grandelius
151 Winners Gallery
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