International Chess Federation Candidates Tournament 2020 halted halfway amid coronavirus pandemic
The decision to stop the tournament was made after the Russian government’s announcement to interrupt air traffic with other countries from March 27 in a bid to stop the spread of the dangerous infection.
“FIDE can not continue the tournament without guarantees for the players’ and officials’ safe and timely return home. In this situation and on the basis of clause 1.5. Rules of Candidates Tournament, the FIDE President decided to stop the tournament.
It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon, as the global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow,” Dvorkovich said in a statement.
FIDE stops #FIDECandidatesOfficial announcement - Starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames. In this situation FIDE President decided to stop the tournament.https://t.co/bnDDJhFuiGpic.twitter.com/YYo3SMidqj— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) March 26, 2020
The results of the seven rounds that have already been played will remain valid, with the competition resuming at round eight.
The Candidates Tournament (which decides who will challenge the world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway) was played in Russia despite the ruling of the Sports Ministry to cancel all international competitions in the country.Also on rt.com 'Nepo-leonic' overture: Vachier-Lagrave crushes Nepomniatchi’s French Defence, joins him as co-leader in World Chess Candidates
The organizers said they had taken all necessary precautions, including disinfection to ensure a safe competition in Ekaterinburg.
After seven rounds, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi share the lead with 4.5 points.
All participants are so far healthy and will leave the city on Thursday.