FIDE postponed the Candidates: first reactions on Twitter

by Arne Kaehler
3/26/2020 – After Russia closed down air traffic from and to Russia the FIDE announced this morning that it will cancel and postpone the Candidates Tournament 2020 to allow players to get home. It did not take long before the first reactions followed on Twitter. Here is a small selection.

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Stopping the Candidates

This morning the tournament came to a sudden end.

Good luck and see you soon!

This shouldn't take more than 80 minutes...I meant days!

The great chess photographer has an easier way home than Caruana and will probably share a flight with Anish Giri.

That's a great wish!

At least it didn't happen in the middle of a game.

Many people start to wonder how this decision affects Teimour Radjabov.

Other's seem to be more angry.

An emotional post by Pentala Harikrishna

What do you think, dear reader?

This was Teimour Radjabov's response to Magnus Carlsen, pointing out that Radjabov could have played at the tournament, if he wanted to play.

The World Champion is not done yet

This escalated quickly

One of many possible solutions

Valid points

Well, you can always play chess online.

Sometimes things are just too dangerous.


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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