Outrage in chess: a figure refused to play with a mask and was given the game for loss in a traditional international tournament

Daniil Dubov lost a game for not wanting to show up to play with a mask. Photo: REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Great master Russian Daniil Dubov, one of the assistants of the world chess champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, I know has refused to play with a chinstrap his game of the seventh round of the Tata Steel Master tournament, which is disputed in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands), against the Dutch Anish Giri, and the organizers have given it up for lost.

Daniil Dubov will not play the seventh round. Due to a contagion of COVID-19 in its close circle, the organization, after consulting with the main referee, He has asked him to play with a mask to protect his rival, Anish Giri. Dubov has not shown up for the game, which means that lose by default”, announced the organizers of the most prestigious tournament on the planet since the disappearance of the Spaniard from Linares.

According to a statement from the hosts of the contest, “Dubov has explained that he refused to play with a mask as a matter of principle”. The Great master russian had given negative on a rapid test and had also undergone a PCR test whose results will probably be known in the next ones, informed official sources.

Once six of the thirteen rounds have been played, Carlsen occupies the first position tied to 4 points with the indian Santosh Vidit and the azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

The American Fabiano Caruna, number two in the discipline, seeks to defend the title he won in the last edition. Internet chess, which has experienced spectacular growth during the confinements due to the pandemic, gave way to one of the most prestigious face-to-face tournaments in history, which until January 31 will bring together the best on the planet in the Dutch city of North Sea coast.

Caruana won it in January 2020 for the first time, but he did it overwhelmingly, with 10 points out of a possible 13 and two ahead of the world champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.

With seven conquests, the Scandinavian is the player who has won the tournament the most times Wijk aan Zee throughout their 83 years of history, ahead of the Indian Viswanathan Anand, what’s wrong with it five wins.

At Tata Steel each player has 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, another 50 for the next 20, and another 15 minutes for the rest of the game. Also, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first. The abundance of time available in classical chess has given rise to anecdotes such as the one starring the writer and Great master Ukrainian David Bronstein, that once it took him 40 minutes to make his first move. When your rival, your compatriot Isaak Boleslavski, he asked, at the end of the game, Bronstein explained that He spent that time trying to remember where he had left the house keys, which were not in his pocket.

The tournament, which usually brings together almost half a thousand players in all categories, was reduced this year to 14 elite chess players, and fans follow the games online, since the public is not allowed in the rooms. The tournament, in which Carlsen is bidding for an eighth title, will end on January 30.


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