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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…

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Chess: Dmitry Andreikin ripens 1990 vintage and collects a million roubles

The new Russian champion has the same birth year as the world No 1, Magnus Carlsen, and other top grandmastersRussia’s annual super-final is an historic event which was won by the legendary Boris Spassky and other world champions during the Soviet…

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Player power triumphs in St Louis as Magnus Carlsen leads tie-break protest

Officials allow the world champion, along with Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian, to be joint winners of the Sinquefield CupAt the end of a tournament where nearly 80% of the games were drawn, a record for an elite event, player power finally settled t…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana set to meet in Sinquefield Cup

The world champion and his title challenger will play in the seventh round in St Louis where 80% of games have been halved despite the strict anti-draw rulesA rare treat, or perhaps a letdown, awaits online chess viewers this weekend when the $300,000 …

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana ready for final Magnus Carlsen meeting before world title clash

World champion Magnus Carlsen dodged speed games at St Louis but Fabiano Caruana is keeping a heavy scheduleThe big clash is approaching. Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger Fabiano Caruana will meet next Saturday in round seven of the Sinquefield Cup…

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Chess: Michael Adams secures British championship title despite wobbles

The 46-year-old tied for first with Luke McShane on 7/9 but won 3-1 in a speed tie-break to secure a sixth title – his first coming at Plymouth in 1989The England No 1, Michael Adams, won his sixth British championship title at Hull last week but …

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Chess: Michael Adams battles in Hull to retain spot as England’s No 1

The veteran grandmaster faces a strong challenge from Gawain Jones and David Howell but he has not lost a match at the British championship since 1988The British championship at Hull, whose final rounds can be viewed free and live online this weekend, …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen serene while Fabiano Caruana faces hectic period

The Norwegian world champion got off to a strong start in Biel while his challenger has an a schedule packed with rapid and blitzMagnus Carlsen got off to a strong start at Biel this week as the 27-year-old world champion ground out victories by his fa…

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Chess: Russia opt for unconventional methods in hunt for top grandmasters

Moscow to concentrate on older players, rather than the prodigies favoured by other nations, in their attempts to restore their Soviet-era dominanceIt is now more than a decade since Russia’s almost unbroken 59-year monopoly of the world chess crown wa…

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Chess: England in a race for gold at world senior team championship

The over-50s team are just behind Germany in the standings with two rounds remaining at the event in DresdenEngland’s over-50s have a serious chance of gold medals this weekend after their shock victory over the top seeded United States at the world se…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets out plans for lead-up to world title encounter

The world champion has carefully chosen which events to attend before his meeting with Fabiano Caruana in NovemberMagnus Carlsen is taking no chances. The 27-year-old Norwegian, who defends his world crown against Fabiano Caruana of the US in their 12-…