A Pictorial Look-Back At The Candidates
Kirill Alekseenko & Alexander Grischuk looking at a TV that shows the game positions. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

A Pictorial Look-Back At The Candidates

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Much has been said about the FIDE Candidates Tournament, the postponement of the second half and the situation regarding GM Teimour Radjabov. It's easy to forget that chess fans saw a marvelous (half) tournament, one that provided a wealth of great pictures.

Before looking at the photography, we'll first share some more content that might provide some extra entertainment during the coronavirus crisis. First, here are all games that were annotated by GM Dejan Bojkov:

And here's a playlist of all YouTube Game of the Day videos:


The official photographers in Yekaterinburg were Chess.com's Maria Emelianova and Lennart Ootes, who together shot over a thousand pictures. These can all be found in the dedicated album on FIDE's Flickr page.

As a tribute to the tournament and the photographers, here's a selection of their pictures that, barring a few exceptions, didn't make it to our news reports.

Tip: Zoom out with your browser (Ctrl + on Windows, Command + on Mac) to view the photos at a larger scale. They have been uploaded at 1600px width.

Hou Yifan Zhaoqin Peng Jeroen van den Berg FIDE Candidates Tournament
Arriving at the opening ceremony, from left to right: Chief arbiter Nebojsa Baralic, Chinese-language commentators GM Zhaoqin Peng and GM Hou Yifan, and Chairman of the Appeals Committee Jeroen van den Berg. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Opening ceremony FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov sitting together at the much-debated opening ceremony. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Opening ceremony Karpov FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Karpov giving his signature to a young boy. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Opening ceremony ballet FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
A ballet performance at the opening ceremony. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Opening ceremony music FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Music at the opening ceremony. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Empty playing hall FIDE Candidates tournament 2020
Playing chess without spectators. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Mineral Water Sverdlovsk Region FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Mineral water with the logo of the Sverdlovsk Region Chess Federation. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Camera man face mask FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Some of the cameramen were wearing face masks... Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Camera man playing chess FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...and finding the time to play some chess on the Chess.com iOS app, which, by the way, made it to the number-one position in the app-store for "chess" earlier this week. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Ian Nepomniachtchi had a wide repertoire of poses... Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Giri Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Here he is in his game with Anish Giri. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Fabiano Caruana FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Fabiano Caruana. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Giri Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Giri resigning his game with Nepomniachtchi... Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Giri Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...and discussing it at the board. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Wang Hao Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Wang Hao apologizing with a smile as Giri kindly declined a handshake before the start of round two. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Alexander Grischuk FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Alexander Grischuk arriving late for the second round—It's unclear what was being discussed here. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Grischuk Nepomniachtchi interview FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
During his interviews, Grischuk put a smile on the faces of his fans and his competitors. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Wang Hao Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Wang Hao and Giri discussing their draw in round two... Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Giri Wang Hao FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...and some more. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Ding Liren FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Ding Liren, with two bottles of hand sanitizer. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Giri hand sanitizer FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Giri using it at the start of round three. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Wang Hao security FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Wang Hao arriving and being checked for carrying devices, following standard anti-cheating protocol at major events. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Giri Vachier-Lagrave FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Giri and Vachier-Lagrave discussing their draw in round three. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Giri Vachier-Lagrave FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Giri stating that he finds the elbow shake "creepy." Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Ding Liren FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
A suffering Ding Liren during the first half. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Grischuk camera FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Grischuk, seen from one of the cameras... Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Grischuk FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...during one of his many time troubles. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Caruana Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Caruana and Nepomniachtchi. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Giri Optiver FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Giri is sponsored by Optiver, a Dutch proprietary trading firm. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
MVL FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
MVL trying one of Nepomniachtchi's poses? Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Grischuk security FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Grischuk arriving late. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Fabiano Caruana FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Fabiano Caruana in deep thought. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Nepomniachtchi Wang Hao FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Nepomniachtchi just beat Wang Hao. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Nepomniachtchi Wang Hao FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
The Chinese player always seemed to be in good spirits. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Caruana Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
A cheerful interview with Caruana and Giri. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Ding Grischuk Caruana Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
More smiles among Ding and Grischuk... Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Wang Hao laughing FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
But Wang Hao beats them all. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Kirill Alekseenko FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Kirill Alekseenko. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Ding stops the clock and resigns against Nepomniachtchi, who increased his lead to a full point in the sixth round. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Alekseenko Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Alekseenko loses a drawn knight endgame to Giri... Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Anish Giri FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...who was visibly relieved after having won his first game at a Candidates tournament. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Nepomniachtchi walking FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Nepomniachtchi strolling along the boards. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Broadcast production FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
The broadcast production room. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Eteri Kublashvili Nepomniachtchi FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Russian Chess Federation press officer Eteri Kublashvili. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Anna Burtasova FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
FIDE's interviewer Anna Burtasova. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Lennart Ootes FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Photographer Lennart Ootes. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Maria Emelianova FIDE Candidates 2020 photographer
Photographer Maria Emelianova. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Jeroen van den Berg FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Jeroen van den Berg thankfully using one of the two "overly comfortable" chairs that were rejected by Ding Liren and Alexander Grischuk. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.
Sergey Shipov FIDE Candidates tournament 2020
Commentator GM Sergey Shipov. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Ding Hou Yifan FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Ding Liren in the Chinese broadcast with Hou Yifan... Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Hou Yifan face mask interview FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
...and interviewed with everyone wearing face masks. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
Emelianova Vachier-Lagrave FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020
Emelianova with Vachier-Lagrave, who joined the Chess.com broadcast twice and now co-leads the tournament. Photo: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.
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