Dvorkovich answered the question of how the situation with the transfer of ethical against Radjabov

President of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich said he did not consider the situation with the suspension of the tournament after the first round disrespectful to Teymur racabov from Azerbaijan, which withdrew from the competition because of the threat of coronavirus. Instead, the eighth competitor was Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

“Radjabov refused to participate in the candidates tournament in connection with the danger of the virus. In this area, FIDE took measures to maximize the protection — twice a day medical checks, tests for detection of coronavirus (all responses negative), the complete absence of spectators, very limited communication with the media. The decision to postpone the Tournament due to the ban of the government of the Russian Federation on international flights, that is dictated by the need for safe and timely returning home. Halfway through the tournament, played 28 bright chess games, some of which will long be studied and analyzed. This situation is not equivalent to a complete cancellation of the tournament. Teymur made a decision, and it was his choice. We would guarantee him the same security and medical checks, like other participants,” — said Dvorkovich in an interview with “Championship” by Gregory Telingater.

The candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg was suspended in connection with the prohibition of the government of the Russian Federation on international flights, which will enter into force on March 27.

The results of the first round will be saved. Leadership is shared by the Russians Ian Nepomniachtchi and Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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