A chess tournament in Russia was stopped over the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday.

The international chess governing body, FIDE said on its website that Russia, the host nation of the 2020 Candidates Tournament, stopped the air traffic with other countries to stem the spread of new coronavirus known as COVID-19.

“FIDE can not continue the tournament without guarantees for the players’ and officials’ safe and timely return home,” it said.

“The FIDE President [Arkady Dvorkovich] decided to stop the tournament. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon as the global situation related

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