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Chess: Candidates' tournament suspended due to coronavirus
It was the big sporting competition in progress, which, until then, resisted the wave of cancellations due to the Covid-19. In Ekaterinburg, the Candidates' tournament is suspended because Russia has just decreed an interruption from tomorrow (Friday March 27) of air traffic with foreign countries. The International Chess Federation therefore pauses this competition to allow the great masters to return home.
The games played will be taken into account when the tournament starts again. So much the better because, at the halfway point (7 rounds out of 14), a Frenchman, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, shares his head with the Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi. No date is set for the moment to play the last rounds. The winner of the tournament will challenge the Danish world champion Magnus Carlsen at the end of the year, who will then put his title back into play.