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Candidates 2020 to resume from the 1st of November 2020

by Sagar Shah - 08/09/2020

The search for Magnus Carlsen's opponent had reached half way in the month of March 2020. FIDE Candidates 2020, which was stopped halfway due to the Corona virus scare, is now resuming from the 1st of November 2020 from round 8 onwards. All the results until round 7 will stay as they are. The tournament will resume in Yekaterinburg, which was the original venue of the tournament. The organizers have also arranged for an alternate venue in Tbilisi Georgia. In this article we bring to you FIDE's press release. Apart from that we also bring to you some special moments from first seven rounds of the Canddidates 2020.

FIDE announces the resumption of Candidates 2020

FIDE Press Release

 

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) is pleased to announce the resumption of the Candidates Tournament, the event that decides who will be the challenger to Magnus Carlsen's reign. The 8th round has been scheduled for November 1, 2020. According to the contract, Yekaterinburg, the city that organized the first round at the highest level in March 2020, is still considered as the hosting city. However, considering the epidemiological situation, FIDE has designated a reserve venue: the city of Tbilisi, in Georgia, has been officially approved as an alternative, and it is ready to host the tournament in the same time frame. 

The Candidates Tournament, which gathers the best eight chess players on the planet except for the World Champion himself, kicked off on March 15 in Yekaterinburg (Russia), at a very early stage of the coronavirus outbreak. With only 8 participants, the event was deemed safe to go ahead under the condition that it was played behind closed doors, with no public present at the auditorium, and reducing staff to the very minimum. Players, arbiters, and officials were tested for COVID-19 twice a day. "The health and safety measures were very similar to the ones currently being applied at the US Tennis Open and other sporting events, but at the time, all this was uncharted territory", explains the President of the International Chess Federation, Arkady Dvorkovich.

 

However, the event came to an abrupt end when the worsening of the pandemic situation forced the Russian government to preventively close its borders. The uncertainty caused by this decision, and the risk of having the players stuck in Russian territory at the conclusion of the event, forced FIDE to suspend the competition and fleet a private jet to fly the chess players out of the country before the lockdown was inforced.

The original 8 players of the Candidates

Radjabov decided to pull out of the Candidates because of the Covid-19 scare. He was replaced by MVL.

The tournament, played under a double round-robin format, was suspended after the 7th round, when the Grandmasters Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) were leading with 4,5 points. Since half of the games had already been played, the regulations establish that the results stand, rather than having the tournament re-started from scratch.

The standings after seven rounds of the Candidates 

It is not the first time that an international chess event is interrupted in exceptional circumstances like these. In 1914 a tournament Mannheim (Germany), with 18 of the best players of the moment, was interrupted when Germany declared war on Russia. Most of the participants rushed to travel back home, with a notable exception: the Russian Efim Bogoljubov stayed behind, and after he married a German woman he would stay there permanently, never leaving the country again. Something similar happened during the Buenos Aires Chess Olympiad in 1939, when World War II broke out halfway into the event. The English team abandoned the competition immediately, but most others kept playing. Germany won the gold medal, but famously lost the war. A number of participants stayed in South America for some time, while a few of them would find a new home in Argentina, like the Polish-born Miguel Najdorf.

 

"Today’s announcement about the resumption of the Candidates is another positive step for chess fans and players. The World Championship cycle is one of the oldest sports traditions in the world, and it is FIDE's duty to protect it and ensure its continuity. This is also a crucial event in order to increase the popularity of chess around the world", explains the FIDE President. "We are aware that millions of fans are looking forward to seeing the best chess players on the planet back at the chess board, and we have spared no effort to make it possible despite the challenging circumstances. As we’ve stressed on several occasions, we would resume the competition only when it is considered safe to do so under the guidance of the leading public health authorities.”

 

"Apart from Tbilisi, we are also in touch with other potential host cities from several countries where the event could be moved to, in case additional restrictions reappear in Russia and Georgia", explains Emil Sutovsky, FIDE's Director-General.

Pairings for round 8

Some memorable moments from first 7 rounds of Candidates 2020

By Sagar Shah

13th World Champion Anatoly Karpov puts his hand forward to shake it with Ian Nepomniachtchi, but the Russian GM is understandably apprehensive

The ever expressive Ian Nepomniachtchi played a brilliant game to beat Anish Giri in round 1 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

From round 2 the famous elbow shake was invented! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

After losing rounds 1 and 2 Ding Liren made a fantastic comeback to score a win in round 3 beating Caruana's fantastic preparation | Photo: Lennart Ootes

The scoresheet with Ding Liren's thinking times! He thought a lot but managed to wriggle out of Caruana's prep! What a fighter!

The best part of every tournament that Anish takes part in are the post game interviews! | Photo: Maria Emelianova

Grischuk under time trouble, not only on the board, but also off it | Photo: Maria Emelianova

All players were living in the same hotel as the playing venue, but Ding Liren felt quite suffocated. Staying at the new hotel might be risky in terms of security measures for Corona virus, but at least for now, Ding seems to be happy with the fresh air! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Nepo vs Ding Liren

What is the famous winning move for Black here? According to Ian "If you spot ...Re5, you should be disqualified!" Of course he meant it in the sense if you spotted it several moves in advance! 

Prophylaxis! Hand sanitizers are important!

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