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Grand Master

Daniil Dubov,

one of the assistants of the world chess champion, the Norwegian

Magnus Carlsen,

in the last World Cup, has refused to play his game of the seventh round of the

Tata Steel Master tournament,

which is played with a mask.


Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands),

against the Dutchman

Anish Giri,

and the organizers have given it up for lost.

"Daniil Dubov will not play the seventh round today. Due to a Covid contagion in his close circle, the organization, after consulting with the main referee, has asked him to play with a mask to protect his rival, Anish Giri. Dubov does not know has submitted to the game, which means that he

loses by default",

announced the organizers of the tournament, the most prestigious in the world since the disappearance of the Spaniard from


According to the organizers' statement, "Dubov has explained that he refused to play with a mask as a matter of principle."

The Russian Grand Master

tested negative in a rapid test


has also undergone a PCR test

, the results of which will probably be known this afternoon, the organizers add.

Having played six of the 13 rounds, Carlsen occupies the first position tied on 4 points with the Indian

Santosh Vidit

and the Azerbaijani

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

The tournament, in which Carlsen is bidding for an eighth title, will end on

January 30


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