Chess bosses prevent Russia from staging a world championship game – RT Sport News

Russia will not be able to host the 2023 World Chess Championship next year due to International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendations, as confirmed by International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Arkady Dvorkovich.

The IOC has demanded that Russia not host international sporting events in light of the military operation launched in Ukraine at the end of February.

Soon after, he also recommended that Russian teams, clubs and athletes not be allowed to participate in international events. This has been taken into account by a number of federations, but some sports, such as tennis and chess, have ignored it and allowed individual players to compete under neutral status – or in the case of chess, under the flag of the federation of their country even as a Russian. national teams are prohibited.

This means Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi can face China’s Ding Liren in the 2023 World Chess Championship, prompting the Russian Chess Federation to offer to host half of the matches in Moscow at the Tretyakov Gallery, the other half set in Ding’s homeland.

In remarks Friday, however, Dvorkovich poured cold water on such a prospect. “We cannot organize world championships in Russia [because of] the recommendation of the IOC”, he said.

“We don’t want to escalate the situation in this regard. And in this regard, China is not very fair [either]. Therefore, we rely on a neutral country.

“We are negotiating now” Dvorkovich revealed. “Mexico is the main competitor, but there are a few other interested parties who can compete. We will make a decision in a month. We will make a decision by the end of the year.”

The latest edition of the World Chess Championship was held in Dubai and saw Nepomniachtchi lose to reigning champion Magnus Carlsen at the end of 2021.

Nepomniachtchi guaranteed a rematch against the Norwegian in 2023 by winning the Candidates Tournament. But when Carlsen withdrew from the World Chess Championship last July, runner-up candidate Ding was named to take his place.

Most recently, almost a fortnight ago, Nepomniachtchi suffered a decisive ‘Armageddon’ loss to Hikaru Nakamura in the 2022 FIDE Fischer Random World Championship Finals in Reykjavik.


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