Security tightens around Swiss chess tournament amid spat with Russia

This article is over 5 months old Players including Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik will be no longer able to play at Grand Swiss event A chess tournament in Switzerland has been hit by…

Security tightens around Swiss chess tournament amid spat with Russia

This article is over 5 months old

Players including Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik will be no longer able to play at Grand Swiss event

A chess tournament in Switzerland has been hit by a security lockdown that has resulted in the Swiss authorities banning competitors from entering Latvia, with the tournament organisers withdrawing from the event.

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The incident comes just days after a tug-of-war involving world champion Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik over access to the world chess championship in Minsk.

Swiss authorities declined to reveal the security situation at the Grand Swiss in the resort of Cervinia, which is expected to attract players including Carlsen and Kramnik when it starts on 9 July.

But a statement on the Grand Swiss website showed a blackboard with an “administrative closing date” of Tuesday evening.

Carlsen and Kramnik are no longer allowed to compete at the grandmasters’ tournament in Switzerland.

This follows the Swedish-Russian diplomatic spat after Kramnik attempted to enter the world championship in Belarus to challenge Carlsen.

He ended up having to leave Belarus a day after winning his first title, the Eastern European championship in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The chess world championship – which began in 1972 and is the world’s oldest – will take place in Kiruna, Sweden.

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