Wednesday, January 19

Carlsen rival corona infected: – Worried about all my opponents

Hikaru Nakamura withdraws from the last day of the World Cup in lightning chess after testing positive for the coronavirus. Now the start of the last day is postponed.

RIVERS: Hikaru Nakamura (left) and Magnus Carlsen (right) in connection with a match in 2018.

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The International Chess Federation (FIDE) confirms on Twitter that the start of the final day of the Lightning Chess World Cup has been postponed for half an hour. The final day was scheduled to start at 14.00.

Nakamura even wrote about the corona infection Twitter.

He writes that he did not feel good before the fast chess, but that he tested himself then and was negative. He needed to take a new test in connection with his flight on Friday, and then tested positive.

– I can not complete the tournament, and I am now worried about all my opponents, writes Nakamura.

The American played against Magnus Carlsen in the last game during the World Cup in fast chess on Tuesday.

In lightning chess, he had 8.5 out of 12 possible points after the first day and was equal to Magnus Carlsen, one and a half points behind the leader Levon Aronjan.

The Norwegian chess player Aryan Tari says the following to NRK about the positive test:

– Totally sick, was really surprised to hear it. Actually, it’s a disaster for the tournament. I do not know if those he has played on must be quarantined?

Tari believes that infection control has been well taken care of during the championship in the Polish capital Warsaw.

– But it is difficult when there are so many players (150). Then it is no wonder that someone tests positive. I saw that he did not feel so good before the fast chess either. No matter how much infection control you have, it is difficult to be 100 percent sure, says Tari.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) confirms on Twitter that several players have tested positive for the corona virus, and that several players have therefore had to withdraw from the tournament. They further write that their opponents have been contacted so that they can check themselves further.

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