About a year soon after it started off to disrupt the chess calendar completely, the COVID-19 pandemic is still doing just that. Equally the Sigeman match (scheduled for April) and Norway Chess (planned for May perhaps) have been postponed.

The Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Match was one of the to start with events to be canceled final year. The 2021 edition was a single to look forward to, as the organizers experienced managed to indication none other than GM Anatoly Karpov.

The 12th globe winner would have been participating in his initially serious tournament under a classical time regulate in 12 yrs. He was likely to contend with GMs Nils Grandelius, Alexei Shirov, David Navara, Le Quang Liem, Jorden van Foreest, Harika Dronavalli, and Nihal Sarin.

In a statement on the event web site, tournament director Johan Berntsen has announced that the recent scenario with the coronavirus has compelled them to hold off the event: “The existing restrictions imposed by the EU and the Swedish federal government [have] at the time yet again built it unachievable to continue arranging this party. But, suitable now we are investigating the probability to go by way of with the match later this calendar year as an alternative (someplace in August-Oct).”

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Let us hope Mr. Karpov will be accessible later this yr. Photograph: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Not prolonged right after, a different important party was postponed: the Norway Chess tournament. Scheduled for May possibly 9-21, the subject of contributors so significantly announced experienced GMs Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Aryan Tari.

The causes for the postponement are the exact same. The new dates have been presently declared: September 7-18.

“We ended up geared up to arrange the match in May possibly as we managed to arrange the tournament in October 2020 in the center of the pandemic,” explained task supervisor Benedicte Westre Skog. “However, with closed borders in Norway and several other nations around the world, it becomes extremely hard to program and go through with the party in May.”

The industry may search a tiny distinctive, but various have by now confirmed ideas to participate in September, such as Carlsen.

The upcoming huge event is going to be the FIDE Candidates Match. The second fifty percent starts April 20, all over again in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

You can obtain all forthcoming, big occasions at Chess.com/calendar.