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CHENNAI: Magnus Carlsen could have an opportunity to defend his World title solely in 2021. The FIDE World chess championship conflict that was earlier slated to be held in Dubai from December 20 this 12 months stands postponed.
The keenly-awaited contest was deliberate to happen alongside the Dubai Expo. A number of months in the past, the Dubai Expo was postponed and it’ll now kick off solely from October 1, 2021. “We’ve a few choices in entrance of us that are: March-April in 2021 or autumn 2021,” mentioned Emil Sutovsky, Director Normal of FIDE.
Whereas just a few international locations have begun to slowly have over-the-board tournaments, a majority of countries the world over are nonetheless reeling from the lockdown. At this stage, planning for long-term isn’t doable. It’s learnt that there gained’t be a change within the venue for the World championship.
FIDE is trying on the September-October window to carry the remaining half of the Candidates. The Candidates was the one high-profile occasion that went as per schedule regardless of the specter of covid-19 in March. However the eight-player event was stopped at half-way stage after Russia introduced that it might be halting air site visitors with different nations from March 27 as a result of covid-19 pandemic.