BREAKING: FIDE Candidates Event Postponed

The second half of the FIDE Candidates Event has been postponed. The approaching interruption of air visitors between Russia and different nations calls for the choice, based on an announcement by FIDE.

The gamers had been knowledgeable within the morning and had been advised to begin packing their luggage. For the worldwide gamers, the organizers try to rearrange a constitution flight from Yekaterinburg to Amsterdam.

There might be a particular “postponement present” on on Thursday, March 26 at 16:00 native time which is 12:00 Central Europe, 7 a.m. Japanese and Four a.m. Pacific. You could find the video games performed thus far on our dedicated page on Discover all of the details about the Candidates Event in our info article.

This is FIDE’s statement:

Right now, the federal government of the Russian Federation introduced that beginning March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air visitors with different nations with out indicating any time frames.

FIDE can’t proceed the match with out ensures for the gamers’ and officers’ secure and well timed return residence. On this scenario and on the idea of clause 1.5. Guidelines of Candidates Event, the FIDE President determined to cease the match. It will likely be continued later, with the precise dates to be introduced as quickly, as the worldwide scenario associated to the COVID-19 pandemic will enable. Because it was stipulated by the particular guidelines agreed with the gamers earlier than the beginning of the occasion, the outcomes of the 7 rounds performed stay legitimate, and the match might be resumed in the identical composition beginning with the video games of the eighth spherical. FIDE is grateful to the gamers, officers, volunteers and all the staff of organizers, together with the Chess Federation of Russia and the principle companion of the match – SIMA-Land.

Arkady Dvorkovich,
FIDE President

The match will resume at a later date, and proceed from the present standings.

Spherical 7 Standings

# Fed Title Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rating SB
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2767 2876 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5/7 15.25
2 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2774 2875 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.5/7 14.25
3 Caruana, Fabiano 2842 2764 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 3.5/7 12.25
4-5 Giri, Anish 2763 2775 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/7 11.25
4-5 Wang, Hao 2762 2775 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5/7 11.25
6 Grischuk, Alexander 2777 2773 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7 12.25
7 Ding, Liren 2805 2667 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.5/7 8.25
8 Alekseenko, Kirill 2698 2683 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.5/7 9.25

Talking to, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who occurs to have fun his 48th birthday at the moment, stated: 

“The second half will happen when the scenario will normalize. We hope it may be held in the identical location. We’ve got an settlement with our major companion Simaland and we attempt to make this occur. We needs to be in time to find out the runner-up and put together in time for the world championship match that may begin in December in Dubai.

“The choice was primarily based on a mixture of things, the principle one being that a number of hours in the past it was introduced that in the meanwhile, flights from Russia overseas, together with constitution flights, are stopped. We might no take the chance to maintain the gamers for a very long time in Russia after the match ends since we do not understand how lengthy it is going to final. Mixed with the dangers we had been coping with all by means of the match which we had been in a position to reduce, there was sufficient purpose to postpone.

“There was not a rising threat for the match itself, however the scenario on the planet is definitely not bettering at this level. For me, after some time limit, the dangers associated to folks getting again had been greater than the dangers of staying in Russia and preserve taking part in. Individuals in Yekaterinburg are actually a lot safer than elsewhere however long run we might no assure this can stay the identical.”

Arkady Dvorkovich. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

Requested whether or not it would not have been higher to postpone the match earlier than the beginning, Dvorkovich stated: “I believe it was the proper determination. We took the choice to begin from the start since we had been in a position to preserve dangers below management, and the primary seven rounds went easily. To postpone can be a accountable determination.”

However what concerning the criticism from GMs Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov and Wang Hao that the entire scenario was distracting the gamers an excessive amount of? 

“In fact we had been discussing these arguments. I respect that gamers are disturbed by these issues however in any sport, skilled gamers could be discerned by various factors. We because the Worldwide Chess Federation want tp assess the true dangers and take well being and security measures slightly than make selections on psychological elements. Psychology is a part of the game.”

And what concerning the opening ceremony, the place greater than a thousand folks attended at a time when that may be unthinkable in different nations?

“It was not organized by FIDE. We requested native companions if they’d an settlement with native authorities, and the native authorities allowed it. All of the individuals who had been current there and likewise the following day on the first spherical went by means of commonplace management procedures; as an illustration, their temperature was measured.”

FIDE Candidates 2020 opening ceremony
The FIDE Candidates 2020 opening ceremony. Picture: Lennart Ootes/

Wang advised the gamers had been knowledgeable by FIDE within the morning that they needed to go away Russia on Thursday as a result of there can be no flights anymore ranging from Friday. The Chinese language grandmaster as soon as once more said that he thinks the match ought to by no means have been performed:

“I believe it is like a joke. From the beginning, it should not have been held. It should not be began simply to be postponed. Not like this, that is only a massive mess. They may have recognized it might cause quite a lot of completely different issues. In fact, they can’t management every thing. There have been quite a lot of causes to postpone.”

Wang said that there have been simply too many distractions to play chess: “Throughout the entire match, I felt I used to be distracted. I used to be worrying about flights, seeing dangerous information about China… Now if we enter China, we might be quarantined for 2 weeks. I might simply have arrived from Tokyo to Beijing and quarantine at residence, now I do not suppose that’s doable.”

Wang Hao FIDE Candidates
Wang Hao. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave stated he was much less distracted by the scenario: “We knew that the match could possibly be known as off any day. For me, it was not that tough. I used to be doing my factor, getting ready, it was form of a standard match. And I felt the video games had been of fairly prime quality, this was my impression.”

MVL does sympathize with the gamers who had already known as for suspending the occasion: “They’d a degree however to me, for all of the gamers who did not need the match to begin, they need to have simply coordinated. It is very unusual in the event you actually suppose the match should not begin. If three or 4 gamers begin taking motion…”

And what about GM Teimour Radjabov, for whom MVL substituted after the Azerbaijani grandmaster withdrew due to the coronavirus scenario?

“He was proper, however on the identical time, he did not coordinate. And, his letter of clarification was additionally a bit unusual. He picked Wang Hao because the one who needs to be put in quarantine, however why not, as an illustration, one other participant from a rustic the place the scenario was worse?

“Basically he was proper however as soon as he determined to withdraw, that was it. Once more, if he had coordinated with different gamers, it may need been completely different. On the identical time, it is clear I’m not stealing my spot within the Candidates. The coronavirus scenario is what obtained me into it finally however that is a part of life, it isn’t the primary time or final time there are some late replacements in sports activities and generally.”

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FIDE Candidates
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Picture: Maria Emelianova/

The postponement occurred a day after Vachier-Lagrave had simply grabbed the lead (on tiebreak). He was in good kind. Is that this dangerous timing for him?

“No, do not suppose so. I used to be conscious of the scenario from the beginning. From FIDE’s perspective, it is comprehensible that they needed to carry the match. It was wanting very doable that the match would end however after at the moment’s information, it was actually not doable anymore. Teimour was proper however with the circumstances and with no massive outbreak but in Russia, the match might have completed. And plenty of measures had been taken by FIDE. I discover it harsh to place full blame on them.”

It is a creating story. Updates are more likely to observe.

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