Candidate tournament of the World Chess Championships interrupted due to pandemic


No challenger for chess world champion Carlsen in sight yet

No challenger for chess world champion Carlsen in sight yet
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The candidate tournament of the World Chess Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia has been stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The safe and timely journey home of players and representatives cannot be guaranteed, the international chess association (Fide) announced on Thursday. The other rounds should be continued at a later point in time with the current score.

When that was supposed to be was initially unknown. The background to this is the decision of the Russian government not to allow flights abroad due to the spread of the corona virus.

At the halfway point of the candidate tournament, Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Russian Jan Nepomnjaschtschi were in the lead. On Thursday the second half of the tournament should have started with the 8th round. The winner fought for the right to challenge Norway’s world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. The World Cup is scheduled to take place at the World Expo in Dubai at the end of the year.

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