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COVID-19 pandemic: FIDE stops Candidates tournament after Russia bans flights

The world governing body of chess (FIDE) on Thursday stopped the Candidates tournament in Yekatrinburg, Russia at halfway stage after the hosts decided to ban all flights into and out of the country owing to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The prestigious tournament was stopped after seven rounds. The eighth round was scheduled to be played on Thursday. 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 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. Eight players fight it out in the Candidates tournament to determine the worthy challenger for world Champion Magnus Carlsen. FIDE said the tournament ..


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