Chess candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg is stopped due to coronavirus

Chess candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg stopped because of the coronavirus Chess candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg stopped because of the coronavirus
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the candidates Tournament for the right to play in the match for the world chess crown, held in Yekaterinburg in spite of all the directives of the Ministry of sports and the government of the Russian Federation suspended since March 27 because of the threat of the spread of coronavirus.

this was reported on the website of the International chess Federation (FIDE).

All participants stopped the tournament healthy and on Thursday will leave the Ural city.

Eight grandmasters played seven rounds, after which the leadership is shared by the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, who scored 4.5 points.

the Competition for the right to play a title match against world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, which was completed on 3 April, is now postponed indefinitely.

“FIDE can’t continue the tournament without a guarantee of safe and timely return of the players and officials back home, in this situation it was decided to stop the tournament, it will be continued at a later date. The exact date of the resumption of the tournament will be announced as soon as possible, given the situation with coronavirus,” – said in a statement.

Specifies that the results of seven rounds will remain in force, the tournament will be resumed in the same composition, since the eighth round.

FIDE stops #FIDECandidates

Official announcement – Starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames. In this situation the FIDE President decided to stop the tournament.https://t.co/bnDDJhFuiG pic.twitter.com/YYo3SMidqj

— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) March 26, 2020

Recall that the tournament of contenders in Yekaterinburg was not interrupted after the directives of the sports Ministry about the cancellation of international competitions on the territory of the country from March 16. FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich explained by the fact that for the region and Russia as a whole is a huge and unique event, which doesn’t have to interfere.

the Organizers assured that in Ekaterinburg have taken all appropriate security measures, including the separation of people, participants can stay in the same hotel and equipment platforms with the necessary means of disinfection.

the competition was attended by the American Fabiano Caruana, Chinese Ding Liren, Wang Hao, Russians Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Kirill Alekseenko, the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the representative of the Netherlands Anish Giri.