The world chess champion, organized a virtual tournament for contenders for his crown

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the world chess champion Norwegian Magnus Carslen became the organizer of tournament with a prize Fund of 250 thousand dollars, which should make the eight best players in the world rankings. About it informs portal Chess24.

In connection with the coronavirus pandemic of the tournament will be held online, the competition will start April 18 and will be held in round-Robin format of seven rounds in two weeks. Each match will consist of four parties with the regime of time 15 minutes + 10 seconds, the winner will receive 3 points, loser – 0. After seven rounds will be played the Final four.

In the tournament, in addition to Carlsen should play Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ding Liren (China), Ian nepomniatchi (Russia), Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (France), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia) Wesley so (USA).

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“This is a historic moment for chess, with the possibility to continue professional matches in online mode we have not only a chance but also a responsibility to the players and fans all over the world, which in the absence of other sports can be distracted by watching professional chess,” Carlsen was quoted by TASS.

we will Remind that earlier in Ekaterinburg from-for coronavirus was suspended indefinitely the candidates tournament for the chess crown, which belongs to Carlsen in 2013.