The suspension of the 2020 Candidates Tournament is the nightmare the World Chess Federation (FIDE) must have feared from the moment they rejected Teimour Radjabov’s proposal to postpone the tournament and replaced him with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The question now arises of whether the Azerbaijan player should somehow be included back in the tournament or get special privileges for future events. We’d already heard from Carlsen, Kramnik & Dvorkovich and here add the views of fellow players MVL, Alekseenko & Giri as well as the Azerbaijan team, Karjakin and more.
Former World Junior Champion Elisabeth Paehtz was recently featured in the “satirical chess magazine” Kingpin. Topics ranged from the most irritating player she’d ever faced at the board to her love of opera, but there were also so...
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