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Chess: Mixed results for Gawain Jones, Luke McShane and Nigel Short

Jones and McShane defied the odds at the European individual championship but Short had a nightmare at the Bangkok OpenEngland’s small group of grandmasters who compete abroad have been in action recently, sparking some impressive results but also a co…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana keeps pressure on Magnus Carlsen with elite wins

The 25-year-old American has jumped to No 2 in the live ratings after winning two elite tournaments and is closing in on Carlsen, who he will play in the world title series this yearFabiano Caruana has won two elite tournaments in a fortnight, jum…

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Chess: Schoolboy Vincent Keymer secures shock triumph at Grenke Open

The 13-year-old, seeded 99th at the event in Karlsruhe, won €15,000 by scoring 8/9 to finish ahead of 49 grandmasters and over 1400 other players in first placeA 13-year-old schoolboy stole the show from the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his chal…

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Chess: St Louis may bid for Fabiano Caruana versus Magnus Carlsen match

Caruana’s victory in the candidates series in Berlin has sparked rumours that November’s world title contest may switch from London to United States and offer a larger financial prize to the winnerBy winning this week’s candidates tournament in Berlin,…

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American Fabiano Caruana to play for world chess title after candidates win

Miami-born, Brooklyn-raised Caruana wins candidates in BerlinCaruana, 25, will face Magnus Carlsen for world title in NovemberNo American has held world championship since Fischer in 1972The American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana will challenge for Magnu…

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Fabiano Caruana takes advantage after Vlad Kramnik blows candidates lead

The American and Shak Mamedyarov lead after six of 14 rounds at the candidates with the winner to face Magnus Carlsen for the world titleAn online photo of Vlad Kramnik, head buried in arms and slumped at the board after his fourth-round defeat, sums u…

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Chess: Levon Aronian favourite to secure right to challenge Magnus Carlsen

The world championship candidates tournament begins on Saturday with eight contenders gunning for the chance to face the NorwegianThe world championship candidates tournament opens at the Kulhaus, Berlin on Saturday afternoon, continues until 28 March …

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Gawain Jones shows he is no mug at Bunratty but Tiviakov has last laugh

British champion tied for first with the Dutchman only to lose in a speed play-off while Nigel Short shared third placeIreland’s Bunratty open celebrated its silver jubilee last weekend as a high-calibre entry battled for Blackthorne Transport’s £1,000…

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Chess: teenage stars come out to shine in Moscow Aeroflot open

Andrey Episenko, 15, and 19-year-old blitz specialist Vladislav Artemiev had notable wins in the early rounds at the Cosmos Hotel where the action hots up this weekendMoscow Aeroflot, one of the world’s great opens, reaches its critical rounds this wee…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen beats Hikaru Nakamura in Fischer Random match

The world No 1 won 14-10 in Oslo in a format that features randomised starting setting of pieces in an attempt to encourage creative openingsMagnus Carlsen captured another global crown, albeit an unofficial title, this week when Norway’s world No&nbsp…

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Chess: Levon Aronian tops strong field to triumph at Tradewise Gibraltar

The 35-year-old Armenian showed why he is the favourite to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title in London in NovemberTradewise Gibraltar is widely reckoned the best open event in the world and its 2018 edition did not disappoint. The Rock’s att…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen storms back into form with Wijk aan Zee victory

The world champion won his first elite tournament for 18 months by beating the home contender Anish Giri in a speed play-off3532 White mates in three moves, against any defence (by Fritz Giegold). This puzzle looks trivial, but you need to find a cute …

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Chess: Leaders tightly grouped going into final rounds at Wijk aan Zee

The top six – Carlsen, Mamedyarov, Giri, Anand, Karjakin and Kramnik – are separated by one point with two rounds to go3531 Gary Quillan v Vugar Gashimov, Gibraltar 2009. Play went 1 Re3 Nd5 2 Rxc3 Nxc3 with an eventual draw. What did White miss during…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen falls away from leading pack at Wijk aan Zee

The world champion is a full point behind the leader, Shak Mamedyarov, after six rounds of the prestigious tournamentShak Mamedyarov took a clear lead at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee on Friday night when the 32-year-old won a marathon sixth-round encounter …

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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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Leonard Barden on Chess

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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Leonard Barden on Chess

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…