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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-…

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Chess: Trio of young English experts impress at Pula Open in Croatia

Joseph McPhillips, Andrew Horton and Ravi Haria are all aiming to qualify for global titles through the right resultsThe unlikely backdrop of the Pula Open in Croatia has seen a splendid performance this week by three young English experts, who have do…

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Chess: Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana on contrasting form in Grand Tour

Wesley So won in Leuven and leads in Paris, but the world title challenger, Fabiano Caruana, has had a run of defeatsWesley So scrambled to first prize after a bizarre final round, Fabiano Caruana had a worrying meltdown before his world title match, H…

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Chess: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov appears set to quit Fide presidential contest

The long-serving incumbent has lost support from Russian backers after a series of controversiesThere have been dramatic developments in the Fide presidential campaign to decide the head of the global chess body. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president for 23 ye…

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Chess: national solving championship opens to entries from Britain this week

A prize fund of at least £1,225 is on offer, and success at Eton would lead to qualification for the 2019 world solving championshipThis week’s puzzle marks the opening round of a national competition in which Guardian readers have traditionally perfor…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen returns to form with bright start in Stavanger

The world champion won in rounds one and three while Ding Liren’s participation was thrown into doubt when he broke a hip in a bicycle accident on Thursday’s rest dayMagnus Carlsen has got off to a flying start at Stavanger this week, as the world cham…

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Chess: Nigel Short balancing playing with campaign for Fide presidency

The popular 52-year-old faces a tough battle against the controversial incumbent, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, and also the deputy president, Georgios MakropoulosNigel Short was simultaneously player and politician this week when he took third prize at Kolkata …

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Chess: Sam Shankland leads the field at rejuvenated Capablanca Memorial

The US Champion is top seed at the Cuban event which is being held at the Tryp Habana Libre after a long period in the wildernessCuba’s annual Capablanca Memorial, which ends on Saturday, has been staged annually with a few small breaks since 1962, and…

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Chess: Guildford extend their record unbeaten run in 4NCL to 66 matches

The Surrey team won all of their 11 matches this season to make it 64 wins and two draws since they ended the dominance of Wood Green back in 2012-13Guildford are still the chess kings at the end of another 4NCL (Four Nations Chess League) season. The …

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Chess: Sam Shankland surprise US champion ahead of Fabiano Caruana

The 26-year-old scored an impressive 8.5/11 to finish in first place despite the presence of Caruana, Wesley So and Hikaru NakamuraSam Shankland is the new US champion after a bravura performance where the Californian 26-year-old outscored America’s el…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the hunt for more prizes

The world champion and his challenger are putting in impressive displays at Shamkir and the US championship respectivelySeven months before the world title series Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, are in good form. The Ame…

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Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short

Jones and McShane defied the odds at the European individual championship but Short had a nightmare at the Bangkok OpenEngland’s small group of grandmasters who compete abroad have been in action recently, sparking some impressive results but also a co…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana keeps pressure on Magnus Carlsen with elite wins

The 25-year-old American has jumped to No 2 in the live ratings after winning two elite tournaments and is closing in on Carlsen, who he will play in the world title series this yearFabiano Caruana has won two elite tournaments in a fortnight, jum…

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Chess: Schoolboy Vincent Keymer secures shock triumph at Grenke Open

The 13-year-old, seeded 99th at the event in Karlsruhe, won €15,000 by scoring 8/9 to finish ahead of 49 grandmasters and over 1400 other players in first placeA 13-year-old schoolboy stole the show from the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his chal…

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Chess: St Louis may bid for Fabiano Caruana versus Magnus Carlsen match

Caruana’s victory in the candidates series in Berlin has sparked rumours that November’s world title contest may switch from London to United States and offer a larger financial prize to the winnerBy winning this week’s candidates tournament in Berlin,…

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Fabiano Caruana takes advantage after Vlad Kramnik blows candidates lead

The American and Shak Mamedyarov lead after six of 14 rounds at the candidates with the winner to face Magnus Carlsen for the world titleAn online photo of Vlad Kramnik, head buried in arms and slumped at the board after his fourth-round defeat, sums u…

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Chess: Levon Aronian favourite to secure right to challenge Magnus Carlsen

The world championship candidates tournament begins on Saturday with eight contenders gunning for the chance to face the NorwegianThe world championship candidates tournament opens at the Kulhaus, Berlin on Saturday afternoon, continues until 28 March …

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Gawain Jones shows he is no mug at Bunratty but Tiviakov has last laugh

British champion tied for first with the Dutchman only to lose in a speed play-off while Nigel Short shared third placeIreland’s Bunratty open celebrated its silver jubilee last weekend as a high-calibre entry battled for Blackthorne Transport’s £1,000…

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Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot open

Andrey Episenko, 15, and 19-year-old blitz specialist Vladislav Artemiev had notable wins in the early rounds at the Cosmos Hotel where the action hots up this weekendMoscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this wee…