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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…

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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…

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Chess: Carlsen ‘deeply ashamed’ of heavy defeat to So in World Random final

Home city pressures worked against the global No 1 Magnus Carlsen in his 2.5-13.5 loss to Wesley So of the US in OsloMagnus Carlsen has admitted to being “deeply ashamed” of his crushing 2.5-13.5 defeat by America’s Wesley So in the first ever World Fi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen trails on home ground after shock defeat by Wesley So

Norway’s world No 1 in danger of Oslo defeat in first official global championship with random piece placingsMagnus Carlsen is in trouble in a three-day world championship final in Oslo this weekend. The Norwegian is meeting America’s Wesley So in a $1…

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Chess: Wang Hao shocks elite to win at Isle of Man after David Howell blunders

The 30-year-old, omitted from China’s Olympiad team for seven years, becomes a candidate to challenge Magnus CarlsenWang Hao shocked the chess elite this week when the 30-year-old, who had talked of giving up the game, is out of favour with Chinese off…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen among nine closely bunched leaders at Isle of Man

English hopes fade after Luke McShane spoils winning position in the fifth round against the world No 2, Fabiano CaruanaFour rounds from the end of the $430,000 Fide/Chess.com Isle of Man event, chances of a bunch finish were growing as just half a poi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Isle of Man last chance for some of Magnus Carlsen’s potential foes

Half the eight 2020 candidates are decided following Teimour Radjabov’s shock World Cup win, so eminent names will fall in the overcrowded raceFour of the eight candidates who will compete for the right to take on Magnus Carlsen for his global crown ar…

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Chess: All-Chinese World Cup semi-final may spark controversy in tie-breaks

Teimour Radjabov is a surprise finalist after eliminating France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the other semi-final while Russians crash out in quartersChina’s world No 3, Ding Liren, is favourite to become the next challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s global…

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Chess: Jeffery Xiong aims to emulate Bobby Fischer after beating No 2 seed

The 18-year-old knocked out Anish Giri at the World Cup but faces a battle to make the final and reach the 2020 world title candidatesJeffery Xiong eliminated Anish Giri, the No 2 seed from the Netherlands, at the $1.6m World Cup in Siberia this week a…

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Chess: Michael Adams knocked out in first round of World Cup in Siberia

The 47-year-old British champion lost an eight-game marathon while Gawain Jones and Luke McShane advanced to the last 64The seven-times British champion Michael Adams was eliminated 4.5-3.5 after an eight-game marathon in the first round of the $1.6m W…

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Chess: age catches up with Garry Kasparov in 5-1 loss to Fabiano Caruana

The 56-year-old struggled with fast time limits in the Champions Showdown at St Louis and said afterwards: ‘I can fight all opponents, but not age’Garry Kasparov, world champion for 15 years and still the all-time No 1 in the eyes of many chess fans, l…

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Chess: Ding Liren ends Magnus Carlsen’s tie-break run at Sinquefield Cup

The world No 3 has his sights on a push for the world crown in 2020 after blitz victory in St LouisChina’s world No 3, Ding Liren, won a dramatic play-off against Magnus Carlsen on Thursday to capture the prestigious $325,000 Sinquefield Cup in St Loui…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen plots surge while draws dominate at Sinquefield Cup

The world champion’s unbeaten run of classical games is closing in on Ding Liren’s record while the world No 3 is also on good formThe $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis moves into its second half this weekend as the draw-dominated event contrasts…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen admits to confidence crisis after shock losing run

The world champion lost 10 speed games in St Louis and has only two days to recover before the start of the Sinquefield CupMagnus Carlsen’s form collapsed in spectacular fashion this week just as Norway’s world champion, 28, seemed invincible after a r…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen admits to confidence crisis after shock losing run

The world champion lost 10 speed games in St Louis and has only two days to recover before the start of the Sinquefield CupMagnus Carlsen’s form collapsed in spectacular fashion this week just as Norway’s world champion, 28, seemed invincible after a r…

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Chess: Teenagers impress as Michael Adams clinches seventh British title

Adams moves to within striking distance of the all-time records of Jonathan Penrose and Henry AtkinsMichael Adams edged out David Howell for the British championship last weekend as the pair, who are separated by a whisker in the global live ratings, b…

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Chess: British title in balance and Indian prodigy, 13, is youngest winner of major

While Michael Adams and David Howell close on a Sunday showdown, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa has made historyMichael Adams, with six championship wins already under his belt, and David Howell, with three, were the pre-tournament favourites for this week’…

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Chess: David Howell and Michael Adams battle for England No 1 spot in Torquay

The pair have won nine British titles between them and are top seeded for the national championship by a wide margin over the No 3, Nick PertDavid Howell’s new status as England No 1 will be tested from today when the annual British championship, first…