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It has long been unclear whether the remaining seven rounds of FIDE Candidates tournament can continue. But today, the world governing body is expected to reveal exactly what is happening with its flagship event.UPDATE: FIDE has now confirmed all the details reported.
FIDE, chess24 understands, will announce the event that decides Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title will resume with the 8th round on November 1st in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
However, there are also plan B and Cs to move the event out of Russia.
The FIDE Candidates tournament was halted abruptly due to the pandemic on March 26 when 7 out of 14 rounds had been completed. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi are currently in pole position with 4.5 points, a full point ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wang Hao and Alexander Grischuk on 3.5.
The event is expected to formally resume on October 28th with the 8th round to be played on November 1st in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The players will be required to appear at least two days before the start. According to chess24’s sources, no quarantine by the players will be required in principle.
The President of the Sverdlovsk Chess Federation, and event sponsor, Andrei Simanovsky, told Russian news agency TASS:
I am in constant contact with [President of the International Chess Federation] Arkady Dvorkovich, he received a paper that we are ready to hold [the Candidates Tournament] from October 28 to November 11, provided there is a stable epidemiological situation safe for the players.
Andrei Filatov, the President of the Russian Chess Federation toldits official website:
We support the idea and think that the epidemiological situation allows to finish the event safely for the players. It should be finished in Yekaterinburg.
However, the global pandemic is still out of control and daily cases have set records on many continents. In Russia, there have been more than 1 million positive cases with almost 18,000 deaths,according to Worldometers, but many havecast doubt on the official numbers.
If the pandemic situation doesn’t allow it, FIDE does have a plan B to move the event to Tbilisi, Georgia. There is even a plan C, according to chess24’s sources.
FIDE General Director Emil Sutovsky told chess24 in Junethat the event was planned for September or October and that it potentially could be moved to a different country. The timing turned out to be slightly optimistic, but the event could still be moved out of Russi