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Chess: Rausis’s cheating puts rankings rise and Sunningdale 2011 in spotlight

The grandmaster admitted consulting a phone in a toilet at the Strasbourg Open, and now an earlier game is under closer scrutinyIgors Rausis, at 58 the oldest among the world top 100 grandmasters, was last week caught analysing in the toilet during his…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen hoping to reach new heights at Sinquefield Cup

Arithmetic seems against the world champion and he may have to wait until 2020 to achieve a record ratingAfter eight consecutive tournament victories and a run of 79 classical games without defeat Magnus Carlsen has his sights on 2900, the record round…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen at peak but faces Saturday test against Wesley So

The world champion has played 76 games without defeat but has a trying encounter with second-placed So in ZagrebMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, has been in commanding form at Zagreb, setting new achievement peaks with impressive victories against h…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen scores in Alphazero style in hunt for new record

The world champion needs eight out of 11 in Zagreb to tie his top monthly rating of 2882 and nine out of 11 to beat his daily bestMagnus Carlsen began his latest tournament in style this week as the world champion bids to break his own performance reco…

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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, with qualification for the 2020 world solving championship available to the eventual winnerThis week’s puzzle marks the opening round of a national competition in which Guardian readers have traditionally pe…

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Chess: Carlsen takes Armageddon route to Altibox Norway victory

The world No 1 took his seventh tournament win a row, emerging on top at Stavanger with one round to spareMagnus Carlsen scored his seventh tournament victory in a row at Stavanger this week, ensuring first prize at Altibox Norway with Friday’s final r…

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Chess: Armageddon divides fans while Magnus Carlsen leads again in Norway

Controversial speed format designed to prevent draws sparks a chaotic scramble at Altibox event and causes online uproarArmageddon is a chess penalty shoot-out, a controversial format intended to prevent draws and to stimulate interesting play. It can …

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Chess: Russian duo lead world Grand Prix as race to take on Carlsen heats up

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk well placed to become candidates to take on Magnus Carlsen in 2020Moscow’s iconic Central Club was the epicentre of the Soviet chess empire in the golden decades, when USSR grandmasters defeated all rivals and …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen in Scotland and targeting yet another new record

The world champion could break his previous high rating of 2903 in rapidplay if he is on form at the Lindores Abbey StarsAnother week, another record attempt. The world champion, Magnus Carlsen, makes his first visit to Scotland this weekend, with seri…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets another record despite ‘playing badly’

World champion overawes rivals at opening Grand Tour event in Ivory Coast with his new-look aggressive Sicilian styleMagnus Carlsen won the $150,000 Grand Tour opening speed event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with two rounds to spare last weekend, and the …

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Chess: Guildford extend unbeaten run to record 77 matches over six years

The Surrey club kept their monopoly on the 4NCL title by defeating an ambitious challenge from the Isle of ManNo surprises at the 4NCL, then. Guildford maintained their stranglehold on the Four Nations Chess League by winning all 11 matches in the curr…

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Chess: supreme Magnus Carlsen targets his own world record after Grenke win

The Norwegian world champion can contest the title of greatest of all time with legendary players Bobby Fischer and Garry KasparovMagnus Carlsen will target his own all-time performance record when the world champion starts the Altibox Norway elite eve…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen becomes marathon man in battle for Grenke title

World champion averages 69 moves and 5hr 18min playing time in first five games but is unable to establish dominance in standingsMagnus Carlsen became marathon man this week as the world champion battled through five long games at the Grenke Classic in…

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Chess: Gawain Jones shines at Reykjavik and becomes England’s new No 1

The 31-year-old was unbeaten in Iceland in a multiple tie for first on 7/9 and raised his rating to world elite 2700 levelGawain Jones battled through two marathon final round games in Iceland this week to achieve a career-best world elite rating of ov…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen dominates in Shamkir with two-point victory margin

The Norwegian’s result was among the best tournament performances in chess history, rivalling those of former legendsMagnus Carlsen unleashed a true champion’s performance in Shamkir this week. The Norwegian, 28, surged at the finish, crushed three maj…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen struggling to find his best form in Azerbaijan

The world No 1 is facing a crunch match against China’s Ding Liren, who is a point behind him and has favourable white piecesMagnus Carlsen is fighting hard for a strong result this weekend at Shamkir, Azerbaijan, as the world champion, 28, struggles f…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen struggling to find his best form in Azerbaijan

The world No 1 is facing a crunch match against China’s Ding Liren, who is a point behind him and has favourable white piecesMagnus Carlsen is fighting hard for a strong result this weekend at Shamkir, Azerbaijan, as the world champion, 28, struggles f…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana ends winless run after Magnus Carlsen’s taunt

World title challenger in three-way battle with former Cuban champion and a speed specialist for the US crown this weekendFabiano Caruana is fighting back in the final rounds of the $194,000 US title contest this weekend after the world No 2 and defeat…

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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…