Coronavirus cuts World senior team event while Carlsen extends run

Tournament stops after seven of nine rounds in Prague, while the No 1 wins in Norway to reach 121 games unbeatenThe world senior team championships for over-50s and over-65s finished prematurely in Prague on Thursday after seven of the nine rounds when the Czech government announced that groups of more than 30 people were banned. The United States team, which led the over-50s, agreed their four games with Iceland drawn after a few moves to ensure gold. England’s grandmasters were out of the team medals, but the captain, Glenn Flear, won the individual third board gold with an unbeaten 5.5/7.Two days earlier during the fifth round, the ban was only for groups of 100, which the chess organisers, on advice from the Deputy Health Minister, Professor Roman Prymula, escaped for the 400-strong championships by installing extra partitions. Related: Chess: Fide drops handshakes after coronavirus cancels five Opens Related: Iranian chess referee who fled to UK could face arrest if she returns Continue reading…

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