Today in the Dutch city of Wijk aan Zee one of the strongest chess tournaments in the world starts – the Tata Steel chess tournament 2019, where the representative of Kazakhstan will take part for the first time. The most titled chess player of the republic, international grandmaster Dinara Saduakasova, became the first Kazakhstan player, who received an invitation to the legendary tournament, held annually since 1937.

“It is a great honor for me to receive an invitation to this elite tournament – a kind of chess “Wimbledon” and to play in the company of the world’s strongest grandmasters,” says Dinara, “I hope that I will be able to perform at the peak of my capabilities and show the maximum result.”

The international tournament will be held from 11 to 27 January and will include 2 round-robin tournaments and the third one will be general. Players enter into round robin only by invitation.  Men’s elite take part in tournament A, including the current world champion Magnus Carlsen,and well-known and promising players with a rating of more than 2500 take part in tournament B.

“Getting to Tata Steel is already a great achievement, because only the strongest grandmasters and promising young players from around the world can take part in it,” bring into focus the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Grishchenko, “The average tournament rating is 2582, which means the bar is very high, but we do not doubt Dinara’s strength.

”The composition of the Tata Steel Challengers, in which Kazakhstan plays, is very solid. Among the 14 players there are strong grandmasters: Anton Korobov, Vladislav Kovalev, Erwin L’Ami, Parham Magsudlu, as well as young chess geeks Rameshbabu Praggnanandha, Vincent Kaymer and many others.

The general partner of KCF is SWF “Samruk Kazyna” JSC, the social partner is “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”, a social projects development fund.

The general sponsor of the RPO “Kazakhstan Chess Federation” is the scientific foundation  named after Shahmardan Esenov.