The International Chess Federation Fide temporarily suspended the candidate tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia, for the World Chess Championship. “Fide cannot continue the competition without guaranteeing the safe and timely journey home of players and officials,” said Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the association. The reason is the announcement by the Russian government that air traffic abroad will cease indefinitely as of March 27 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The tournament is scheduled to resume at a later date if it is
enable the world situation, it says in the communication of the
Fide president. An exact date should be announced in a timely manner. You will be at the current score of the last
start seven rounds.
Halfway through the Candidate tournaments the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the Russian Ian Nepomniaschtschi were together in the lead.
On Thursday the second half of the tournament would have been the eighth round
should start. The prize fund is EUR 500,000. The winner
fought for the right, Norway’s chess world champion
Challenge Magnus Carlsen. The World Cup is supposed to be part of the
World Expo Expo to be held in Dubai at the end of the year.