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.
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meb meb 3/21/2020 07:11
Corona Chess board is my idea and my design, not Stephen James.

the date and time of the work here
https://www.facebook.com/groups/satrancsever
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 3/20/2020 07:21
Have you seen the crowd at the opening ceremony? At 35 seconds in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsJb9eTsOUU

I hope this is a joke-montage, but I am afraid it is not. You see Hou Yifan, the only person wearing a mask and trying to keep a distance.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 3/20/2020 07:16
In the interview with Wang Hao, I think after round 1, the interviewer debated with Wang Hao. Wang Hao was trying to say that even if doctors verified the presence of symptoms, the virus can be asymptomatic for a certain time. But I do not know if they verify only the presence of symptoms or make the analyses for finding the virus itself.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 3/20/2020 07:09
Could they wear disposable gloves? They could shake hands and touch the pieces with a peaceful mind.

And after the game, you dispose of the gloves and wash your hands.

Still would be a good idea to disinfect the pieces and the chessboard after the game.
Raymond Labelle Raymond Labelle 3/20/2020 06:58
"Is it just me or is the candidates always more exciting than the world championship match itself?"

Question of probabilty - at each round of the candidates four games are played - the chances that one or more of them be interesting are greater than in a World Champion match where only one game is played by round. And the stakes are high for the Candidates - only one wins the right to Challenge.

And, if time is long for watching one game only, when 4 games are played simultaneously, you can zap from one to another.
oxygenes oxygenes 3/20/2020 06:47
@PhishMaster - if you take opponents piece, which were touched him, will you run to the bathroom everytime? :)
Blitz2010 Blitz2010 3/20/2020 04:20
What luck that this candidates' tournament, as one of the last major sporting events, is still taking place! Without good entertainment, the people on the street would bust their heads (even more).
PhishMaster PhishMaster 3/20/2020 01:41
I can live with shaking hands at the end of the game since I can then run to the bathroom, and wash my hands. If you do it at the beginning though, you have to get up and do it during the opening.
WildKid WildKid 3/20/2020 11:48
cephalopods - such as octopi. Daniel Kind is always talking about the 'octopus knight' - one that dominates all the eight squares to which it can move.
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