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Chess Game in Space Finishes in a Draw

On June 9, the second chess match between Space and Earth took place in the main hall of the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics. The event has been co-organized by the Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics, the Roscosmos State Corporation, the Chess Federation of Russia, and the social network VKontakte.The match featured pilot-cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, and test-cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, who delivered the battle from aboard the International Space Station. Representing team Earth was Sergey Karjakin – a…

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FIDE Signals Rajabov to Receive Wild Card for Predicting the Future Correctly

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich signalled that Teymour Rajabov, the Azeri Grandmaster who pulled out of the Candidates citing the COVID epidemic before the whole tournament had to be stopped because of the COVID epidemic, will receive a wild card for the 2022 Candidates. The decision that has not officially been announced should end one of the most confusing episodes in the recent history of chess.Rajabov, who earned the ticket to the 2020 Candidates by winning…

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Players Replicas to Pose for Photos, While Real Players Avoid Being in Public

How do you keep the world’s chess elite safe while they are taking part in the most important tournament in their careers in a country where all sports events are put on hold amid the coronavirus scare? You keep them isolated as much as possible. World Chess, a media company and an official partner of FIDE, the chess governing body, developed an innovative way to supplement the event’s coverage without putting the players at risk: Ken…

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FIDE Candidates Tournament Starts Today

The opening press conference for the 2020 Candidates took place on Monday at the Sverdlovsk Journalists’ Union, where the organizers, local officials, the public and Russian media were introduced to the program and the organization of the upcoming tournament.Present at the conference were the Sverdlovsk Region Deputy Governor Alexey Orlov, the president of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and the head of Sverdlovsk Chess Andrey Simanovsky. They were…

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Photos from Yeketerinburg

FIDE Candidates Tournament is starting in two days, amid the thickening Coronavirus scare, but preparations are underway. The opening ceremony, which will coincide with the Ural governor’s birthday, is to take place in the massive Expo center in Yekaterinburg. FIDE and local authorities plan to reduce the attendance of the event in line with the recent health recommendations. Below are photos from the venue. This page will be updated. Expo center in Yekaterinburg is preparing to host the…

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Who are the Seconds in the Candidates

Each player in the Candidates Tournament is allowed (and expected) to bring along a second (organisers provide two hotel rooms to each team during the event). The seconds are usually responsible for the strategy and the game plan of the tournament. They prepare beginnings, develop novelties and set traps that the players are using during their games. Another important job of the second is to help the player cope with the enormous stress and pressure of the…

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FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020

Watch Candidates LiveThis March, many chess fans will be glued to their screens for days as they follow the world’s greatest chess players compete in one of the most important tournaments in their careers. And one of the most demanding. The Candidates tournament, a bi-annual double round-robin event determines who will challenge the World Champion for the title later this year. The fans will also have to learn the name of the hosting city –…

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