World champion Magnus Carlson will have to wait until next year to defend his title as FIDE, the supreme institution of world chess has decided to postpone the World Championship to be held in December this year.
The World Championship match was scheduled to be held in Dubai from December 20 this year in which the reigning world champion Carlson of Norway would face the winner of the Candidates tournament. The candidates' tournament was being played in Russia in March but had to be interrupted due to the coronavirus epidemic.
FIDE Director-General Imil Sutowski said that there are plans to hold the Candidates tournament later this year, but the World Championship has been postponed. Sutovsky told Chase 24, 'We have come to the agreement that it is impossible to organize this (World Championship) this year according to the predetermined schedule. We have two options right now. To be held in March or October next year. '
The World Championship was planned to be held during the Dubai Expo this year but was postponed until 2021 a few months ago. According to the new schedule, the Dubai Expo will be held from October 1, 2021.