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Author Archive for Leonard Barden

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Chess: Fide election race turns bitter after Nigel Short makes pact

Short has made a pact with Arkady Dvorkovich, while Georgios Makropoulos has asked Fide to ban his Russian opponentThe bitterly fought election campaign for the presidency of the global chess body Fide will be decided on 3 October by the vote…

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Chess: Dmitry Andreikin ripens 1990 vintage and collects a million roubles

The new Russian champion has the same birth year as the world No 1, Magnus Carlsen, and other top grandmastersRussia’s annual super-final is an historic event which was won by the legendary Boris Spassky and other world champions during the Soviet…

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Player power triumphs in St Louis as Magnus Carlsen leads tie-break protest

Officials allow the world champion, along with Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian, to be joint winners of the Sinquefield CupAt the end of a tournament where nearly 80% of the games were drawn, a record for an elite event, player power finally settled t…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana set to meet in Sinquefield Cup

The world champion and his title challenger will play in the seventh round in St Louis where 80% of games have been halved despite the strict anti-draw rulesA rare treat, or perhaps a letdown, awaits online chess viewers this weekend when the $300,000 …

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana ready for final Magnus Carlsen meeting before world title clash

World champion Magnus Carlsen dodged speed games at St Louis but Fabiano Caruana is keeping a heavy scheduleThe big clash is approaching. Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger Fabiano Caruana will meet next Saturday in round seven of the Sinquefield Cup…

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Chess: Michael Adams secures British championship title despite wobbles

The 46-year-old tied for first with Luke McShane on 7/9 but won 3-1 in a speed tie-break to secure a sixth title – his first coming at Plymouth in 1989The England No 1, Michael Adams, won his sixth British championship title at Hull last week but …

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Chess: Michael Adams battles in Hull to retain spot as England’s No 1

The veteran grandmaster faces a strong challenge from Gawain Jones and David Howell but he has not lost a match at the British championship since 1988The British championship at Hull, whose final rounds can be viewed free and live online this weekend, …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen serene while Fabiano Caruana faces hectic period

The Norwegian world champion got off to a strong start in Biel while his challenger has an a schedule packed with rapid and blitzMagnus Carlsen got off to a strong start at Biel this week as the 27-year-old world champion ground out victories by his fa…

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Chess: Russia opt for unconventional methods in hunt for top grandmasters

Moscow to concentrate on older players, rather than the prodigies favoured by other nations, in their attempts to restore their Soviet-era dominanceIt is now more than a decade since Russia’s almost unbroken 59-year monopoly of the world chess crown wa…

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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…