Radjabov Withdrawal From Candidates Tournament Sends Shock-waves Throughout Chess World

The astounding news of the withdrawal of Teimur Radjabov from the upcoming Candidates tournament for the right to challenge World Chess co-champion,  of what is now called “classical” Chess, Magnus Carlsen, , has left the world Chess organization, FIDE, scrambling, to say the least. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, aka MVL, will replace Radjabov. Every Chess website has an article on this revolting development, which is second only to the choice of the ill qualified, and vastly lower rated player Kirill Alekseenko being selected as a “wild-card” entrant into one of the most prestigious Chess tournaments on the calendar. It appears FIDE has been shot in the other foot by a bullet from the gun of Teimur Radjabov.

In a statement via the Azerbaijan Chess Federation (published in Russian at Azerisport), Radjabov explains:

“From March 15 to April 5 2020 I was supposed to take part in the World Championship Candidates Tournament in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. As is well-known, a growing coronavirus epidemic is currently taking place all over the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the very highest level of epidemic – red. Many competitions and significant events around the world have been cancelled or moved to later dates due to the developing situation.

The World Chess Federation FIDE has implemented a series of prophylactic measures, but not all of them. It was announced that the Chinese players, their coaches and accompanying people would undergo a 14-day quarantine period in Russia. One of the Chinese players (Ding Liren), his coaches and the delegation really were placed in quarantine. However, the second player from China (Wang Hao) won’t undergo quarantine and will fly to the opening of the tournament from a country in which a coronavirus epidemic is growing by the day (Japan).

In addition, there’s no explanation from FIDE about how the tournament will proceed if any participant, or coach in contact with participants, or accompanying person, or journalists taking interviews, or arbiters, show signs of a cold, or Viral Respiratory Infection (VRI) or, God forbid, be confirmed as having the coronavirus. Will the participants be placed in quarantine, for how long, and how many stages will be needed for analysis and determining the definite presence or absence of the virus?

The Candidates Tournament is a chess marathon consisting of 14 rounds over the course of 22 days. Nobody has explained how the tournament will proceed during a global epidemic, what measures will be taken in case someone is found to have the virus or a common VRI and what measures will be taken regarding a participant or arbiter who falls ill. In connection with how complicated all those issues are I turned to FIDE with a request to postpone the tournament to a later date. That proposal was rejected. In connection to the above I felt that such conditions could impact the necessary level of concentration and mood required to play at the top of my game in such an important event as the Candidates Tournament and also be a possible health risk. As a result they replaced me with another participant.” (https://chess24.com/en/read/news/mvl-to-play-the-candidates-instead-of-radjabov)

In a previous post (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2020/03/01/deadly-wuhan-pathogen-chronology/) on this blog it is written:

Hubei Doctors Warn Of Even-Deadlier Coronavirus Reinfection Causing Sudden Heart Attacks

by Tyler Durden
Sun, 02/16/2020 – 09:20

“Doctors working on the front lines of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have told the Taiwan Times that it’s possible to become reinfected by the virus, leading to death from sudden heart failure in some cases.

“It’s highly possible to get infected a second time. A few people recovered from the first time by their own immune system, but the meds they use are damaging their heart tissue, and when they get it the second time, the antibody doesn’t help but makes it worse, and they die a sudden death from heart failure,” reads a message forwarded to Taiwan News from a relative of one of the doctors living in the United Kingdom.

The source also said the virus has “outsmarted all of us,” as it can hide symptoms for up to 24 days. This assertion has been made independently elsewhere, with Chinese pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan (鍾南山) saying the average incubation period is three days, but it can take as little as one day and up to 24 days to develop symptoms.” (The original article can be found @ https://www.zerohedge.com/health/hubei-doctors-warn-even-deadlier-coronavirus-reinfection-causing-sudden-heart-attacks)

The “14 day quarantine imposed by FIDE is 10 (TEN) days fewer than the possible 24 days to develop symptoms!

In addition, one of the participants said this:

“Wang Hao, on the other hand, was in Japan when the situation aggravated in China. The experienced grandmaster questioned on Facebook whether more official tournaments should take place, however:

“I think that FIDE should postpone all the official tournaments from now. I am not sure if they have any plans against all the unpredictable possibilities caused by the plague, if the tournaments are still going on.”


Will someone, anyone, please make an attempt to get one of the F.I.P.s at FIDE to read my earlier post of March first, Deadly Wuhan Pathogen Chronology.







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