Corona Outbreak: FIDE Candidates chess event is halted at halfway stage

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Only major sporting event, which was running despite Coronavirus Pandemic, FIDE Candidates chess is halted at half way stage. Now according to reports, the second half of this tournament to be completed at a later date.

As coronavirus pandemic around the world had made the decision to play the event look increasingly anomalous, and today was the last chance for many of the players and others involved with the tournament to get a flight out of Russia. After 7 round, French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi will go into the second half of the event leading by a full point on after scoring 4.5 points.

Governing body of the sport of chess ,FIDE)has now confirmed that the Candidates Tournament has been stopped. “Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames,” FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich said in a statement.

FIDE also publishes statement on their official website about this. FIDE Council released a statement saying,” Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames.

“FIDE cannot 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” said FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich in a statement.

“As it was stipulated by the special rules agreed with the players before the start of the event, the results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in the same composition starting with the games of the 8th round. FIDE is grateful to the players, officials, volunteers and the entire team of organizers, including the Chess Federation of Russia and the main partner of the tournament SIMA-Land,” he further added.

Earlier, players have expressed their discomfort with the situations. Fabiano Caruana also tweeted and expressed his feeling on twitter.

“It’s really difficult, it would take so much discipline to not check out (social media) what’s going on in the world,” Fabiano Caruana, told FIDE.

“In the beginning I did not have a clear opinion but now from the last several days I have a strong one, I think the tournament should be stopped,” Grischuk said after his round five draw against Ding Liren on last Sunday.

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