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Chess: Magnus Carlsen aims for strong showing at illustrious Wijk aan Zee

The world champion had a disappointing 2017 in classical elite tournaments but has a chance to turn things around when the ‘Wimbledon of chess’ beginsMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, attempts to break an alarming sequence of setbacks in classical el…

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The 48-year-old former world champion scored 10.5/15 at the three-day event which was mired in controversy over the visa problems experienced by some of the competitorsIndia’s former world champion Vishy Anand, now a veteran aged 48, rolled back the ye…

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Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women’s rights

Anna Muzychuk won’t defend her titles because she doesn’t want to be treated like a ‘secondary creature’Two-time world chess champion Anna Muzychuk has said she will not attend a tournament held in Saudi Arabia because of the way the kingdom treats wom…

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Chess: lucrative world speed events to open in Saudi Arabia amid controversy

Magnus Carlsen is among those scheduled to appear at the event in Riyadh which has been dogged by issues surrounding visas for Israeli participants and the dress code for women competitorsThe 2017 world rapid (half-hour games) and blitz (five-minute) c…

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Magnus Carlsen under the weather and out of form at London Classic

World champion struggles badly again yet emerges with four-event Grand Tour trophy and £245,000 prize after testing tournament in LondonMagnus Carlsen won only twice in nine games, and survived several perilous moments, at this week’s London Classic. H…

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The US No1 rose to second in the world behind Magnus Carlsen with wins in round four and five and Caruana now looks set to do well in the 2018 candidatesThis week’s London Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre has produced an epidemic of draws, with…

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The world champion will play a 12-game series in November next year against the winner of the candidates seriesMagnus Carlsen’s next defence of his world crown will be a 12-game series in London from 9-28 November 2018. The decision, already widely rum…

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London to host Magnus Carlsen’s world chess championship defense in 2018

Carlsen to defend title against opponent to be decided in MarchLondon to host world championship match for first time since 2000Best-of-12-games match has been scheduled for 9-28 NovemberMagnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess cha…

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Teimour Radjabov are in with a chance of securing a spot in the event to determine the challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s world titleThe Fide Grand Prix has its final round in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday, with two of the eight…

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The Surrey team won their first two matches of the 4NCL season 8-0 and 7.5-0.5, with Matthew Sadler the only member of the team who dropped half a pointThe Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) began its new season at Telford last weekend where it left off,…

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Hungary hammering leaves England wondering where the young talent is

England came a lowly 16th at the European Team Championships in Crete and the decline has led to introspection over a lack of young blood ready to step upEngland’s woeful performance at this week’s European team championship in Crete began with a 2-2 d…

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Nigel Short’s mistake led to a 2-2 draw with Moldova and David Howell’s push for a win against Italy turned what looked a safe half-point into defeatEngland were close to a medal last year at the 150-nation Baku Olympiad, so there were hopes as No4 see…

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Nigel Short’s mistake led to a 2-2 draw with Moldova and David Howell’s push for a win against Italy turned what looked a safe half-point into defeatEngland were close to a medal last year at the 150-nation Baku Olympiad, so there were hopes as No4 see…

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England’s 4NCL will stage it opening weekend on 11-12 November, with Guildford the favourites to retain the title, while the Bundesliga in Germany is already under wayAutumn for competitive players marks the start of a new season. Britain’s club amateu…

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The 2016 world title challenger needs ranking points to challenge Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So for a place at the 2018 Candidates so his decision to sit out several rounds appears to be a strange oneThe European Club Cup in Antalya, Turkey, has its se…

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The 2016 world title challenger needs ranking points to challenge Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So for a place at the 2018 Candidates so his decision to sit out several rounds appears to be a strange oneThe European Club Cup in Antalya, Turkey, has its se…

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The world champion took first prize with an unbeaten 7.5/9 which was enough to increase the gap between him and his closest rival, Levon Aronian, to 36 points

Magnus Carlsen has seen off his rivals, at least for the moment. Following his early elimination from the World Cup in Tbilisi the 26-year-old world champion made the bold decision to travel to Douglas for the Chess.com Isle of Man Open. He left behind his normal entourage of parents, manager and trainer but brought his girlfriend, Synne Christin Larsen.

Carlsen led all the way, used some offbeat openings like 1…g6 and 1…b6, won several creative games, made a trip to the top of Snaefell, the Isle’s highest point and captured the £50,000 first prize with an unbeaten 7.5/9, half a point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura of the US and India’s Vishy Anand. It was the Norwegian’s first victory in a classical tournament for more than a year.

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The world No2 beat Ding Liren 4-2 in the final and both players qualify for the event in Berlin next March which will decide the next challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s world title

Levon Aronian, the 34-year-old Armenian world No2 who has dominated recent tournaments, took the $120,000 first prize at the World Cup in Tbilisi by beating China’s Ding Liren 4-2 in the final. Both qualified for the eight-player Candidates in Berlin in March 2018 which will decide who challenges for Magnus Carlsen’s world title later next year.

Aronian stood better in four drawn classical games but was unable to convert against Ding’s stubborn defence. He switched to a more fluid attacking style in the fifth, a speed tie-break, provoked errors and broke through for a mating attack. Faced with a must-win sixth game, Ding mishandled a promising position and was overwhelmed by a swift counter.

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The 24-year-old is the first Chinese player ever to qualify for the Candidates and now has the chance to be Magnus Carlsen’s next world title challenger

Levon Aronian and Ding Liren will meet in the four-game final of the $1.6m World Cup in Tbilisi, starting at midday on Saturday with free live coverage of play available online.

For both the Armenian and the Chinese grandmaster the final may be an anticlimax after their desperate semi-final battles which ensured that both qualified for the 2018 Candidates in Berlin, the event which decides Magnus Carlsen’s next world title challenger.

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Canada chess officials protest after player condemned for wearing shorts

Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, says he was called a gypsy before forfeiting the tournament: ‘The issue was not the shorts, but how I was treated’

Canada’s chess federation is preparing to lodge a formal complaint with the sport’s world governing body after the country’s top prospect was berated for wearing shorts and called a “gypsy” by an official at a recent World Cup.

Anton Kovalyov, a Ukrainian-born Montrealer, travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia, earlier this month to take part in the international tournament. Minutes before one of the biggest matches of his career, an official asked the 25-year-old to change out of the plaid shorts he was wearing.

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