08 April 2020

Yekaterinburg Candidates - Intermezzo

Where do we go after Yekaterinburg Candidates - Second Week? The stopping of the Candidates Tournament produced three themes:-
  • Official reactions (FIDE)
  • Player reactions
  • Questions about resumption, e.g. GM Radjabov

The major chess news sources had plenty of commentary, from the pundits and from the fans, but which site to use as a reference? Since I had four references from each, I decided to go with all three (in no particular order).


Chess.com (Peter Doggers):

Chess24.com (Colin McGourty):

Re GM Radjabov, my page on the 2020 Candidates Tournament, Yekaterinburg quotes the announcement from FIDE (6 March): 'Teimour Radjabov has informed FIDE about his decision to withdraw from the Candidates Tournament, citing personal reasons.' That statement, making no mention of the coronavirus pandemic as the underlying 'personal' reason, is about as intellectually dishonest as any statement I've seen from FIDE, including the weirdness that emanated frequently during the Ilyumzhinov reign.

How FIDE treats Radjabov in any resumption of the tournament will again show what it really thinks of its top players. Are they partners -or- Are they pawns?


Later: I should have mentioned a related FIDE announcement that appeared a day before the Candidates tournament was stopped.

  • 2020-05-25: Statement by the FIDE Council regarding the Chess Olympiad (fide.com) •: 'FIDE has decided to postpone the 44th Chess Olympiad (including the competition for players with disabilities) and the FIDE Congress. These events, to be held in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk during the summer of 2020, are rescheduled to the summer of 2021 at the same locations.'

The FIDE calendar currently shows:-

World Chess Cup 2021 • Minsk, Belarus • 01 Aug 2021 • 28 Aug 2021

The World Cup will be one of the most important qualifying events for the World Championship cycle, 2021-2022. Many players who participate in the World Cup also represent their country in the Olympiad. Something's got to give.

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