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Chess: England’s medallists battle jetlag but rack up six wins in 4NCL

Luke McShane, Gawain Jones and David Howell racked up a combined six wins in six games in Britain’s National League in TelfordForty-eight hours after the world team championship closing ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan, England’s jet-lagged trio of team …

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Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams

Final-round victory clinches second place behind Russia while Luke McShane wins board two gold in AstanaEngland’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan were the team’s first of any colour in major competition si…

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Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams

Final-round victory clinches second place behind Russia while Luke McShane wins board two gold in AstanaEngland’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan were the team’s first of any colour in major competition si…

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Chess: England start well at World Team Championship and draw 2-2 with Russia

The England team are in the hunt for the medals in Astana and face a crucial match against India on SaturdayEngland made a fine start at this week’s World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where they beat the host nation and Azerbaijan in the op…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana shines at speed and crushes his opponent in St Louis

The overall world No 2 beat India’s Pentala Harikrishna with a day to spare at the Champions Challenge and rises to No 3 in rapidFabiano Caruana, whose challenge for the world title failed when Magnus Carlsen whitewashed the American 3-0 in their rapid…

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Chess: England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

China, Russia and United States are the favourites for next month’s showdown in KazakhstanEngland have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected …

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Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx

Surrey club’s record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning w…

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Rise of the machines: is AI program AlphaZero ready to take on the best? | Leonard Barden

After its defeat of Stockfish there has been talk of world No 1 Magnus Carlsen taking on the artificial intelligence program but it is, as yet, untested against humansThe eye-catching victory of AlphaZero, the artificial-intelligence program that taugh…

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Gibraltar open attracts world elite but Artemiev provides shock on the rock

Young Russian takes advantage of Levon Aronian’s wild final round while England’s David Howell recovers to share thirdGibraltar is probably the most popular open tournament in the world and its 2019 renewal, which ended on Thursday, did not disappoint….

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen shares the lead at Wijk but needle game looms large

The world No 4, Anish Giri, is also in joint first after the US champion, Sam Shankland, resigned in a drawn positionMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, has recaptured his vintage form in an impressive response to his unwelcome record of halving 21 con…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record

The Norwegian, 28, managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless runIt will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive d…

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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…