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Dubov Forfeits a Game After Refusing To Wear a Mask in Tata Steel

Daniil Dubov forfeited a game against Anish Giri in Round 7 of the 2022 Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Russian GM did not show up for his game and lost by default after refusing to wear a mask.

This incident shows that COVID-19 has substantial effect on the sport, and elite players grow tired of the strict covid requirements emposed by tournament organizers.

Photos: Lennart Ootes and Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022

Tata Steel made an official announcement explaining that Dubov had close contact with a COVID-positive individual. His quick test was negative and he was allowed to continue with the tournament but required to wear a mask.

Dubov has previously alerted the organizers that he will not play if required to wear a mask, according to his friend’s explanation via text. Dubov decided not to show up for the game instead of wearing a mask. Giri, who showed up wearing a mask for the game, walked casually around the board for a few minutes and recorded a win.

It appears that Dubov will resume the tournament if his PCR test comes back negative.

Following Dubov’s conspicuous no-show, Twitter exploded with comments on Dubov’s decision and whether it was made in order to protect his opponent or because wearing a mask doesn’t sit well in him.

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Сергей Разливский 6 mo

Молодец, Даниил!
Принципиальный поступок настоящего свободно мыслящего человека. Деньги и рейтинг – дело наживное.

Сергей Разливский 6 mo

https://worldchess.com/ Я запрещаю вам редактировать мои комментарии. Что это за “принцип присутствия”?