The novel coronavirus has paralyzed the world, and unfortunately, there is no clear sign of it slowing down. It will take years if not decades to learn the final toll it took on humankind. Needless to say, chess was severely impacted, just like everything else. Let’s take a look at how COVID-19 affected three broad groups of chess players.
Naturally, this group of players suffered the most. No, I am not talking about the chess elite, since I really doubt that Magnus Carlsen or anyone else from the world’s top 10 is living paycheck to paycheck. Probably the biggest shock for the elite players was the weird tale of the Candidates Tournament postponement.
Personally, I feel very sorry for one of my favorite players, GM Ding Liren. I am absolutely sure that had the tournament been postponed, his result would have been completely different. And don’t get me started on the topic of injustice towards GM Teimour Radjabov. I have no idea how to fix this total mess since any solution will make many people unhappy. The only positive side of the whole story is that GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finally got his chance to fight for the world title. The last game that he played in Yekaterinburg was a real masterpiece: (Read more). Photo and news: chess.com