Radjabov zrezygnował z udziału w najbardziej prestiżowej imprezie szachowej (pomijając mecz o mistrzostwo świata) z powodu epidemii koronawirusa i fatalnego przygotowania FIDE na taką ewentualność. To niesamowicie szokujący news w szachowym świecie i bezprecedensowe wydarzenie.
*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.
Wang Hao nie zostanie poddany kwarantannie i będzie sporym zagrożeniem dla pozostałych, a FIDE (światowa organizacja szachowa organizująca mistrzostwa świata w szachach) jest zupełnie nieprzygotowana na ewentualne zachorowania.
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