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Lockdown reawakened my childhood love of chess. Now I can’t do anything else | Phil Wang

The alert I get when an opponent has made their move gives me the shot of excitement I used to get from social media notificationsLord help me, I am in the whirlwind throes of the beautiful game. Online chess. The ancient pastime enjoyed a boom late la…

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Magnus Carlsen advances at chess World Cup but seeds fall to new talents

The world No 1 was the sole survivor from the top four seeds in Sochi as emerging teenage players demonstrated their skillsThe $1.9m (£1.38m), 206-player World Cup at Sochi has so far proved a graveyard for the top 10 grandmasters, while a bevy of teen…

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Chess: Garry Kasparov loses in seven moves as comeback proves a disaster

The 58-year-0ld former world champion wins only one game in 18 due to outdated openings and poor time management Garry Kasparov, still the all-time No 1 in the eyes of many chess fans, suffered one of the worst moments of his career at the weekend when…

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Chess: Garry Kasparov loses in seven moves as comeback proves a disaster

The 58-year-0ld former world champion wins only one game in 18 due to outdated openings and poor time management Garry Kasparov, still the all-time No 1 in the eyes of many chess fans, suffered one of the worst moments of his career at the weekend when…

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Chess: Carlsen loses three in a row twice as champion heads for World Cup

Garry Kasparov to take on world title challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi, this weekendMagnus Carlsen suffered a rare double setback last weekend when the world champion twice lost three games in a row at the $100,000 Goldmoney Asian Rapid. The defeats occu…

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Chess: 12-year-old Abhimanyu Mishra breaks youngest grandmaster record

The American beat Sergey Karjakin’s 2002 mark in Budapest to take the record that has been held by Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer and Judit PolgarOne of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 years seven m…

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Chess: Carlsen takes on No 1 junior, No 1 woman and No 1 rival on same afternoon

Ian Nepomniachtchi’s Berlin Wall novelty makes Garry Kasparov want to turn the clock back to 2000Starting at midday on Saturday, Magnus Carlsen will take on in succession: first, the 18-year-old widely tipped as a future world champion; second, the wor…

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UK to stage inclusive ChessFest in London’s Trafalgar Square

Thousands expected to turn up to free event on 18 July where chess coaches will offer free lessonsIt has been one of the runaway success stories of the pandemic, fuelled by the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit and an explosion in online play. Now plan…

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Chess: National solving championship opens for entries from Britain

Entry is free, the prize fun is expected to be at least £1,200, and the winner qualifies for the 2022 world solving championshipThis week’s puzzle is the opening round of a national contest where Guardian readers traditionally perform strongly and in n…

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Chess: Garry Kasparov to make cameo comeback when Grand Tour resumes

The 58-year-old will play several of the current elite grandmasters at the over-the-board event in Zagreb, CroatiaGarry Kasparov, now aged 58 and for many still the all-time No 1 player, will make a rare cameo comeback next month when the 2021 over-the…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Wesley So at third attempt amid copycat draw gripes

The world No 1 atoned for two final losses against So as complaints over quickly halved Champions Tour games are growingMagnus Carlsen’s uneven progress through the online Meltwater Champions Tour, two tournament victories in six attempts, still leaves…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Wesley So at third attempt amid copycat draw gripes

The world No 1 atoned for two final losses against So as complaints over quickly halved Champions Tour games are growingMagnus Carlsen’s uneven progress through the online Meltwater Champions Tour, two tournament victories in six attempts, still leaves…

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Chess: Carlsen in danger until blitz skills see him into Crypto Cup semi-finals

The orld champion was close to elimination in preliminaries, then worse against old rival Hikaru Nakamura, but now has a chance to meet title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in Sunday’s finalMagnus Carlsen has lived on the brink for much of the last week…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and entire world top 10 compete for volatile bitcoin

World champion seeks second tournament victory in a row in richest and strongest online eventBitcoin, the wildly fluctuating cryptocurrency, and the careful strategies of the chessboard might seem to have little in common as partners, but the unlikely …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and entire world top 10 compete for volatile bitcoin

World champion seeks second tournament victory in a row in richest and strongest online eventBitcoin, the wildly fluctuating cryptocurrency, and the careful strategies of the chessboard might seem to have little in common as partners, but the unlikely …

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Magnus Carlsen ends tournament win drought at New In Chess Classic

Meanwhile Carlsen’s world title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi has enlisted the help of a supercomputer to aid his preparationsMagnus Carlsen’s relief was evident last weekend after the world champion finally won his first tournament since his 30th birt…

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Garry Kasparov: ‘Why become a martyr? I can do much more outside Russia’

The chess grandmaster on speaking out against Vladimir Putin and why he cannot choose the best player ever“I haven’t stopped my fight against the regime,” says Garry Kasparov, his words bristling with defiance and quiet rage. “I’m not lowering my voice…