With FIDE moving forward with the Candidates Tournament 2020, in my opinion against better judgment, they have announced what medical screenings will be done, but have they announced what would happen should one of the players test positive for COVID-19 during the tournament?

There were over 400 people at the opening ceremony yesterday, and I think it would be a public relations nightmare if one of the players contracts it.

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    Doesn't answer your question but lichess.org/blog/XnAEbRAAAB8A6Q_X/… might be of interest. As usual FIDE is making FIFA look like a model of transparency, integrity and good governance.
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 12:54
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    @IanBush I have read most of that on different sites, but that was an excellent compilation of a lot of information. Thank you. My guess is that they are just winging it with no real plan, and hoping it does not happen. Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 13:13
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    It was revealed on chess24 stream (yesterday or day before yesterday, I can't remember) that the tournament will be interrupted, current standings will be saved, and once the situation with the virus gets handled, it will resume were it left off. Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 9:18

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Yeah, in fact, the tournament has been put on a pause with the current standings, because they are not able to continue: https://www.chess.com/news/view/2020-fide-candidates-tournament-postponed

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