About Tata Steel Chess 2023:
Known as the “Wimbledon of Chess,” the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is a 16-day competition held annually in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. Over the event’s rich 85-year history, it has gained the prestige to attract the top chess Grandmasters worldwide, with this year’s selected players forming the strongest field since its founding.
Anish Giri: The path to victory
The tournament kicked off for Anish with a draw against former world championship challenger Fabiano Caruana. Soon after, Anish secured his first victory against the Indian prodigy Gukesh D in a 27-move win, utilising a masterfully prepared new line played at 97% accuracy.
Game three delivered a draw before Anish struck again, beating world champion and world number one Magnus Carlson. This incredible win took Anish to joint first place in the standings with Nodirbek Abdusattorov.
Despite Anish playing with exceptionally high accuracy, the next four games resulted in draws, landing him just one point shy of the tournament’s lead. Reserving his sharpest tactics for the strongest opponents, Anish beat world number two Ding Lirin, narrowing the leaderboard gap to just half a point.
Anish went on to draw in the next three rounds, including the heavily anticipated face-off against Abdusattorov, leaving a half-point gap unchanged going into the final game.
The final day was filled with suspense, with predictions for both games to end in draws. In a stunning twist of events, Anish pushed forward taking a calculated risk that launched him into victory against Richard Rapport.
Temporary standings had Anish in first place, but with one critical game left to play, there was a strong chance our player would face a sudden-death playoff game. With everything on the line, Anish’s fate was sealed when his Dutch compatriot and 2021 champion Jorden Van Foreest won the tournament’s final against Abdusattorov, leaving Anish the winner of the 2023 Tata Steel Chess tournament!
Throughout the tournament, Anish had many stellar performances within the 98% accuracy range, securing victories against the top two players in the world and achieving a grand total of 8.5 points. It’s safe to say Anish was the undisputed Tata Steel Chess Champion 2023.
When asked about his triumph, Anish stated, “It is the best result I have ever achieved. Only winning the world title is valued higher than the overall victory in Tata Steel”.
Optiver and Anish Giri
It’s even more meaningful that Anish would achieve such a historic milestone in the Netherlands, which holds deep significance to both Optiver and the Dutch grandmaster, as Anish stated after his final game: “It is an extremely special victory, particularly as it is in my home country”.
Optiver has been a proud sponsor of Anish Giri since 2016 and we look forward to cheering him on in the future.