Dvorkovich agreed to continue in the candidates tournament for the chess crown

the candidates Tournament for the right to play in the match for the world chess crown in Ekaterinburg will not be interrupted, despite the limitations of the Ministry of sports of Russia in sporting events in the country. This was stated by the head of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich.

Tuesday will be played the first round of the candidates tournament whose winner will earn the right to fight current world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.

“I think for the region, for Russia as a whole – is a huge event, since the tournament is the only international sporting event now this week, in the near future. This is a unique event for the whole world, I hope nothing will stop it” – quoted Dvorkovich TASS.

on Monday, the Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation issued a Directive on the abolition of the international competitions on the territory of the country from March 16.

The decision by the Russian Sports Ministry to cancel all international events has provoked an understandable alarm among chess fans. But this decree won’t impact the #FIDECandidates. The FIDE President has received assurances that the event is deemed safe and can go ahead. pic.twitter.com/aa1FLX9Ar2

— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) March 16, 2020

Dvorkovich noted that the candidates tournament would continue: “We are working with the Ministry of sports have spoken once again. Officially the tournament is held from 15 March to 4 April, at us is not covered, including taking into account the small number of participants.”

the Organizers said 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 will be attended by the American Fabiano Caruana, the Chinese Din Liren, Wang Hao, Russians Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Kirill Alekseenko, the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the representative of the Netherlands Anish Giri.