Every winter, the world's strongest chess players and most promising prodigies travel to a small coastal town in the Netherlands to immerse themselves for two weeks in chess and chess alone. Usually, the World Champion is there, vying for the victory. Garry Kasparov won three times, Vishy Anand five times and Magnus Carlsen a record eight times.
In 2023, the Tata Steel Chess tournament celebrates its 85th edition. This book captures the uniqueness of the festival. It tells the stories of the winners, the fans and their favorite restaurants. Dozens of images highlight how photogenic the event is. And, of course, the book includes magnificent chess games commented on by the winners. Wijk aan Zee and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament bring out the best in chess.
Erwin the Friend is a Dutch grandmaster and a regular participant in Wijk aan Zee.
Peter Doggers is the News and Events Director of Chess.com.
This is Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam he is editor-in-chief of New In Chess magazine.
Peter Boel is the editor-in-chief of the New In Chess books.