The contenders for the chess crown checked for coronavirus

on Monday In Ekaterinburg starts the tournament of contenders for the title of world chess champion, the winner of which will play against the current holder of the crown of the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen. On Tuesday will be played the first round, the competition will last until April 3rd.

Meanwhile, organizers of the competition tested participants on the coronavirus. As reported TASS, the tests gave a negative result. Check and beyond “will be held with a certain periodicity”.

“We have agreed with Rospotrebnadzor, health authorities and other entities about how the company will provide security, including daily medical examinations, necessary tests, which students take in these days. Some members already have done it came back negative test results. The tests do not daily, but periodically,” – said the head of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich.

#FIDECandidates about to start in Ekaterinburg. Lets send our love and support to all the players, arbiters, officials and people involved. The players are showing how competitive they are by playing under such circumstances, they are our heroes! Stay safe, play hard!

— Mohamed Al-Mudahka (@almodiahki) March 15, 2020

According to Dvorkovich, the candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg can be stopped if someone of the participants get sick.

the competition will be 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.