Grand Swiss in Riga despite lockdown

The Latvian government has issued an exemption for top sport events held in the country during the strict lockdown that starts today with non-essential shops, schools and entertainment venues closed and a night curfew. FIDE can go through with the Grand Swiss and Women Grand Swiss, that have been moved to Riga from the Isle of Man in view of UK travel restrictions. The first round is scheduled on Wednesday. The invited players are asked to confirm their participation by this Friday. Since two places each for the next Candidates Tournament and $550,000 in prices are at stake, most of the top players are expected.