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2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament

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.

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.

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.  

The first time was in 2014 against Viswanathan Anand. The second time was in 2016 against  Sergey Karjakin of Russia and the third time in 2018 against  Fabiano Caruana of the USA.

Magnus Carlsen in play during round seven of the 75th Tata Steel, Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
Magnus Carlsen in play during round seven of the 75th Tata Steel, 2013. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

Russian World Chess Champion?

The 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament is a critical event for Russian chess fans. Russia has three participants, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Grischuk and Kirill Alekseenko.

The last World Champion from Russia was Vladimir Kramnik, who lost his title to Viswanathan Anand  in 2007.

Sergey Karjakin came agonisingly close in 2016 when he managed to hold Magnus Carlsen to a 6-6 draw in the first stage before losing 3-1 in the tie-breaks.

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Russia’s hopes lie with Ian Nepomniachtchi and 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?

Carrying the hopes of millions of Russian chess fans from left Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk. Photo credit FIDE website.
Carrying the hopes of millions of Russian chess fans from left Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk. Photo credit FIDE website.

Interesting facts about Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is the 4th largest city in Russia, with a population of just over 1.4 million people. The city is in the Ural mountains in the Asian part of Russia

Building of the Administration of Yekaterinburg located on 1905 Square. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
Building of the Administration of Yekaterinburg located on 1905 Square. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

The city was started in 1723 by Vasily Tatischev and named after Empress Catherine I, the second wife of Peter the Great.

Yekaterinburg was called Sverdlovsk from 1924 to 1991.  The name changed after the collapse of the USSR.

The Russian Empire ended in Yekaterinburg. In 1918, the Bolsheviks executed Tsar Nicholas Romanov, his wife Alexandra and their children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei

Russian Imperial family (between circa 1913 and circa 1914). Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
Russian Imperial family (between circa 1913 and circa 1914). Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

The site of the execution, Ipatiev House, is now the ‘Church on the Blood

Yekaterinburg's "Church on the Blood", built on the spot where the Ipatiev House once stood. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
Yekaterinburg’s “Church on the Blood”, built on the spot where the Ipatiev House once stood. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

It is the first main stop on the Trans-Siberian Express and is dubbed the ‘window to Asia’.

Heading east to Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg is the first major stop on the legendary train route. 

The Central Stadium hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup games. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
The Central Stadium hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup games. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, had visited Yekaterinburg in 1967.

Castro amid cheering crowds in 2005. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..
Castro amid cheering crowds in 2005. Photo credit www.kiddle.co..

80% of all copper coins in the Russian Empire came from the mines in Yekaterinburg

Partners supporting the FIDE Candidates Tournament 

Sima-land, a wholesale online store, as the General Partner.

Algorand, as the Official Blockchain Partner.

Kaspersky, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner.

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company, as the CFR General Partner.

Chessable, as Event Partner.

Pine Creek Golf Resort, the first and only world-class golf resort in the Urals, as event Partner.

Mercedes Benz Russia, as event Partner.