The Candidates and Corona in tweets

by Arne Kaehler
3/20/2020 – The coronavirus changed the world and has slowed social life down. But the Candidates Tournament still takes place, despite all concerns. A controversial decision. Here's a short collection of twitter posts that show how chess players feel about the Candidates and Corona. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Tweets about the virus

Twitter is a wonderful source to look up some of the greatest chess Grandmasters and their opinion about recent events. On the other hand, anybody who likes chess can make some funny and interesting tweets. 

By now there are various forms of this emoji chess board. One shows toiletpaper instead of germs.

Please keep your distance!

Not only in Corona-time!

There is always a chance to queen.

What a pity Judit Polgar had to stay home. But wishing double good luck is a double good wish!

All chess servers would fall apart quickly.

Tweets about the Candidates

Here are a couple of more amusing and entertaining Candidate Tournament moments from the past days.

Another witty one by Anish Giri.

Hikaru Nakamura strikes a more serious note.

Apparently, Alexander Grischuk knows the value of self-restraint.

Next match of chess boxing: Ian Nepomniatchi vs He-Man!

Cephalopods? Now, I have to watch the video to find out what that might be.

Well prepared for the opening but forgetting their best intentions in the endgame.

Or do they?

When was the last time players didn't shake hands before or after the game?

Preparation is key! Unfortunately for Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren seems to remain his #angstgegner

If they continue to play like they did in the first three rounds, I couldn't agree more!

Let's hope for more!

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.