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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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