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Chess: Candidates stopped at midway point after Russia suspends air traffic

France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave led after seven of the planned 14 rounds, as global body Fide plans a later resumption with points already scored still countingThe world championship Candidates in Ekaterinburg was abruptly stopped on Thursday morning, …

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Chess: Candidates defy coronavirus to start battle to face Magnus Carlsen

Early rounds of the tournament saw Ding Liren, who had been in lockdown before the tournament, lose twice before beating the No 1 seed, Fabiano CaruanaFear of coronavirus has been a persistent backdrop to the start of the world Candidates, one of a ver…

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Coronavirus cuts Czech chess tournament while Carlsen extends run

World senior teams stop after seven of nine rounds in Prague, while the No 1 wins in Norway to reach 121 games unbeatenThe world senior team championships for over-50s and over-65s finished prematurely in Prague on Thursday after seven of the nine roun…

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Chess: Fide drops handshakes after coronavirus cancels five Opens

Global body issues detailed medical advice for World Senior Teams as Magnus Carlsen’s title defence is set for Dubai in DecemberCoronavirus is starting to affect major chess events. Five international Opens have already been cancelled or postponed whil…

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Chess: Nigel Short checkmates three in a row at Bunratty weekender

Meanwhile at Moscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s strongest opens, a 14-year-old and a 12-year-old stunned the grandmastersNigel Short, who challenged for Garry Kasparov’s world title in 1993 and en route scored his greatest success with a match victory…

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Chess: Russia to admit China’s world title candidates despite travel ban

Ding Liren and Wang Hao to arrive early and prepare in isolated country house after Moscow grants them “humanitarian visas” ahead of the event in EkaterinburgThe world title candidates starting in Ekaterinburg on 15 March has survived a scare after Rus…

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Chess: Guildford extend unbeaten run to 83 matches over nearly eight years

The Surrey club’s two wins in the 4NCL mean they are unbeaten since 5 May 2012 while a victory for Michael Adams, 48, makes him the world’s second oldest 2700-rated playerGuildford’s stranglehold on Britain’s Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) is set to …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen’s betting sponsorship deal risks Fide dispute

• Carlsen to be global ambassador for Unibet in 2020-21• Fide official: ‘You can forget about this logo in Fide events’Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, has signed a controversial new two-year sponsorship deal for 2020-21 which could put the Norwegia…

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Chess: Caruana lining up another title shot after eclipsing Carlsen at Wijk

The US world No 2 finished two points clear of the Norwegian on 10/13 and is now the favourite to win the candidates in MarchFabiano Caruana has set down an impressive marker for a 2020 campaign which could take the US world No 2 to a second shot at Ma…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana leads Magnus Carlsen by a point as Wijk end nears

Alireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian and centre of attraction, met his match in the American and NorwegianFabiano Caruana, the world No 2 who narrowly lost the title match to Magnus Carlsen at London 2018, is well placed to gain some revenge as th…

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Chess: Carlsen secures record but draws threaten chances of victory at Wijk

Iranian exile Alireza Firouzja, 16, shares the lead at tournament in the Netherlands after an impressive win against Anish GiriMagnus Carlsen’s streak of 111 games without defeat is a new landmark in the 29-year-old Norwegian’s career, but its climax h…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen chasing fresh records but dangers lurk at Wijk aan Zee

Fabiano Caruana wants revenge for his defeat in the 2018 world title match, while rising star Alireza Firouzja aims to join the eliteMagnus Carlsen starts his 2020 campaign on Saturday when the world champion plays his opening round at Tata Steel Wijk …

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Chess: Carlsen wins speed titles after controversial game with rising star

The world No 1 dominated his rivals in 2019, winning 10 elite tournaments, but is expected play less in his title defence yearMagnus Carlsen ended his vintage year of 2019 as he began it, as a superb all-round player who outclasses his rivals. Carlsen …

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Chess: Iran’s Alireza Firouzja, 16, bypasses ban on playing Israelis

The No 1-ranked teenage player opts to play under Fide’s flag at the world speed chess championships in MoscowAlireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian, who ranks as the world’s top teenager, is competing this weekend under the international chess body…

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Chess: France’s top player clings to a slender hope of Candidates place

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will be eliminated this weekend unless a Chinese talent upsets the Russian favourite, Ian NepomniachtchiMaxime Vachier-Lagrave, the world No 6, has long dreamed of qualifying as a world title candidate and going on to challenge M…

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Chess: Ding Liren wins Grand Tour as China’s 1975 domination plan rolls on

The world No 3 is on form and has established himself as the clear favourite to become Magnus Carlsen’s 2020 challengerDing Liren’s impressive triumph in last weekend’s Grand Tour final at London Olympia has made China’s world No 3 the firm favourite t…

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Chess: ‘Sluggish’ Carlsen loses Olympia tie-break as speed wobbles return

The Norwegian has won a record eight tournaments in 2019 but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a chaotic London gameMagnus Carlsen in 2019 has been the most active and arguably successful world champion ever, yet inconsistency at speed has recently arrived to…

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Magnus Carlsen prepares for London chess finals: ‘I’m the man to beat’

World champion sets record Tour total and regains No 1 in rapid but loses twice in blitz in Kolkata to China’s Ding LirenMagnus Carlsen was back to his dominant best this week as Norway’s world champion, who turns 29 on Saturday, set a record total for…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen ‘won’t count’ Norway league games in record streak

World champion calls them ‘Tivi-esque’ in dig at Sergei Tiviakov, the rival claimant to the longest run in classical without defeatMagnus Carlsen is aiming for a record 111-game unbeaten streak, but the world champion has just made it harder for himsel…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to meet top teens in pursuit of record unbeaten run

The world No 1 can reach 111 classical games without losing at the fifth round of Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in JanuaryMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, will face five opponents aged 21 or younger when he bids for a record eighth victory at Tata Steel W…