The 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament restarts on 19th April 2021 in the beautiful city of Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The first half of the event ran from 16th to 26th March 2020. However, the Russian government disrupted the event when it announced the closure of its airspace with other countries amid a rapidly escalating CV19 pandemic.
The second half of the event will run from 19th to 28th April 2021. The website of the event can be found here.
Press conference on the FIDE Candidates Tournament was held today, on April 13, in Moscow, at the Rossiyskaya Gazeta Media Center.The winner of the 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament will be the Challenger to reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The World Championship Match will run from 24th November to 16th December 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Cross table at the end of the first half.Magnus Carlsen has been World Champion since 2013 when he defeated Viswanathan Anand. He has since defended his title thrice.
Sergey Karjakincame agonisingly close in 2016 when he managed to hold Magnus Carlsento a 6-6 draw in the first stage before losing 3-1 in the tie-breaks.
Russia’s hopes lie with Ian Nepomniachtchiand Alexander Grischuk to win the Candidates and bring the world title back to Russia. Will the pressure from the home crowd be too much to bear for these great Russian stars?