the russian Daniil Dubov, who has held since 2011 the title of International Grand Master of Chess, he refused to play with a mask his game against the Dutch Anish Giri, for the seventh round of the Tata Steel Master tournament and the organizers decided to give it up for lost.
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“Daniil Dubov will not play the seventh round. Due to a contagion of covid in your close circle, the organization asked him to play with a mask to protect his rival, Anish Giri. Dubov has not shown up for the game, which means he loses by forfeit”, announced the organizers of the tournament.
According to the organizers’ statement, “Dubov explained that he refused to play with a mask as a matter of principle”.
Dubov, who is also an assistant to Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, underwent a swab. Although it was negative in the rapid test, at the time of the competition the result of the PCR was unknown.
Chess: Tata Steel Master tournament takes place
These days, Wijk Aan Zee, the Netherlands, is hosting the Tata Steel Master tournament, one of the most prestigious tournaments.
After six of the thirteen rounds, Magnus Carlsen occupies the first position, tied on 4 points with the Indian Santosh Vidit and the Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The competition will end on January 30