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The 2020 Candidates Tournament is an eight-player chess double round-robin tournament to decide the challenger for the 2021 World Championship match, against the defending world champion, Magnus Carlsen.
The first half of the tournament was played in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from 17th to 25th March 2020. It was suspended at the halfway point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sharing the lead, ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri and Wang Hao. The tournament is scheduled to resume on 1st November 2020.
In this book Ukranian Grandmaster Vladimir Tukmakov chronicles the dramatic background to, and period preceding, the event and annotates the games from the first half of the tournament.
From the author:
"The balanced flow of the normal chess calendar was unexpectedly interrupted by a frightening occurrence. Seemingly harmless at first, the coronavirus pandemic overtook more and newer countries by the day and gradually became pretty much the main, and only determining factor in life. The Candidates Tournament was threatened as well. Whether it would be held at all was pretty much in doubt until the very last few minutes. Even the grandmasters, who had already gathered in Yekaterinburg, had reason to doubt that they would have a chance to sit at the boards. In the end, having indeed commenced, the tournament planted in me a vague notion of writing a book about it."
Published 2020, softback, 154 pages.