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 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. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon, as the global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow. As it was stipulated by the special rules agreed with the players before the start of the event, the results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in the same composition starting with the games of the 8th round. FIDE is grateful to the players, officials, volunteers and the entire team of organizers, including the Chess Federation of Russia and the main partner of the tournament – SIMA-Land.


Arkady Dvorkovich,

FIDE President




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  1. Already the discussion has started as to whether Teimour Radjabov’s exclusion over not wanting to play under these circumstances should be reviewed as to an extent he was proved right. Rajdabov has asked to be reinstated as a ninth player in the event.

  2. I don’t think he should play …..

    But I think the FIDE should settle in his favor some compensation…(financial)

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