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Chess: Six-way tie at Hastings as tournament battles richer rivals

England’s Danny Gormally, who missed a good chance to win outright, and Ireland’s Conor Murphy were among the winnersHastings is the grandaddy of international tournaments, first staged in 1895 and held annually since 1920 apart from war years. Its vin…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen retains world blitz title with dominant performance

The Norwegian world No 1 went 21 games without defeat in St Petersburg while England’s Gawain Jones failed to sustain a mid-tournament surgeIt was back to business as usual for Magnus Carlsen in last weekend’s world blitz championship at St Petersburg….

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Magnus Carlsen recovers from bad start at World Rapid Chess Championship

The world No 1 lost three of his opening eight games in St Petersburg but none of the frontrunners were able to break awayMagnus Carlsen, so supreme at rapid chess when he wiped out Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in their world title tie-break in London last mont…

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Chess: Draw epidemic continues as grandmasters play safe at Grand Tour

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave halved seven games before the deadlock was broken at the final in LondonWhen Norway’s world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, drew all 12 classical games in their title match in…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana misses another chance for world No 1 ranking

The defeated challenger to Magnus Carlsen lost again in speed chess, this time to Hikaru Nakamura in the London Classic semisFabiano Caruana, whose challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world crown ended in a speed chess defeat earlier this month, has been el…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana seeks to overtake Magnus Carlsen as world No 1

Defeated US challenger has a chance to capture the top ranking which the Norwegian has held in an unbroken run since 2011Fabiano Caruana can gain significant consolation for his world title failure next week when the defeated US challenger has an oppor…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen set fair for a further reign as world champion

The Norwegian saw off the threat of Fabiano Caruana and looks stronger than any potential 2020 challengersMagnus Carlsen retaining the crown on tie-break was always one of the likely ways for the world championship to end, but it was the 12 straight dr…

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Armageddon approaches for Carlsen and Caruana after 10 draws out of 10

Neither player has been able to make the decisive move thus far and although Carlsen has the superior record in the blitz format the risk of losing his world crown is becoming very realJust two classical games to go, and the Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Ca…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana match remains tightly poised

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsIt is still level pegging, 2.5-2.5, in the €1m, 12-game world championship match where F…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana match remains tightly poised

As the encounter reaches the halfway stage all the games have been drawn and the challenger Caruana will be aware of the world No 1’s undefeated record in play-offsIt is still level pegging, 2.5-2.5, in the €1m, 12-game world championship match where F…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen against Fabiano Caruana – the likely strategies

Carlsen’s two successive halfway Whites may play a key role in whether the Norwegian world No 1 retains his crownFabiano Caruana was in danger of a shock early defeat on Friday evening when the US challenger for the world crown played too passively in …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen against Fabiano Caruana – the likely strategies

Carlsen’s two successive halfway Whites may play a key role in whether the Norwegian world No 1 retains his crownFabiano Caruana was in danger of a shock early defeat on Friday evening when the US challenger for the world crown played too passively in …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen against Fabiano Caruana expected to be tight battle

Norway’s world champion is confident because of his superior head-to-head record but the challenger has been in good formMagnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana begin their €1m, 12-game world championship series at The College, Southampton Row, Holborn, nex…

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Chess: Michael Adams chases leading pack in Isle of Man International climax

England’s No1 is part of the chasing group as the hugely competitive tournament reaches its final three roundsTwo world champions and England’s Michael Adams are just half a point behind the leaders as Chess.com Isle of Man International reaches its fi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen hangs on to No 1 ranking while Ding Liren nears record

The world champion was unconvincing at the European Club Cup but Ding extended his winning run to 94 gamesMagnus Carlsen’s world No 1 ranking barely survived at the European Club Cup, which ended on Thursday, while in contrast Ding Liren’s unbeaten run…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen’s No 1 ranking under pressure at European Club Cup

Any failures at the current team event in Greece could cost the Norwegian the spot he has held since July 2011The European Club Cup, which has just begun in Halkidiki, northern Greece, is Magnus Carlsen’s final warm-up before the Norwegian’s world titl…

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Chess: China secure both Olympiad titles while England men finish fifth

China beat USA and Russia on tie-breaks after all finished level on 18/22 while England achieved their highest placing since 1996China scored a double triumph at the 185-nation chess Olympiad in Batumi, beating the United States and Russia on tie-break…

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Chess: Russia suffer surprise defeat to Poland despite pep talk from Putin

The No 2 seeds were visited by Vladimir Putin at their training camp before the tournament, but lost 1.5-2.5 at the Olympiad and now face a battle to win a first title since 2002Thursday’s fourth round of the 184-nation Batumi Olympiad produced a major…

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Chess: US the favourites to maintain Russia’s title drought at Olympiad

After winning all but two of the 26 titles between 1952 and 2002, Russia have failed to come first again despite being the top seeds in every subsequent eventThe United States, Russia and China are top seeded and the teams to beat at the 179-nation bie…

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Chess: Fide election race turns bitter after Nigel Short makes pact

Short has made a pact with Arkady Dvorkovich, while Georgios Makropoulos has asked Fide to ban his Russian opponentThe bitterly fought election campaign for the presidency of the global chess body Fide will be decided on 3 October by the vote…