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Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record

The Norwegian, 28, managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless runIt will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive d…

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Chess: Six-way tie at Hastings as tournament battles richer rivals

England’s Danny Gormally, who missed a good chance to win outright, and Ireland’s Conor Murphy were among the winnersHastings is the grandaddy of international tournaments, first staged in 1895 and held annually since 1920 apart from war years. Its vin…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen retains world blitz title with dominant performance

The Norwegian world No 1 went 21 games without defeat in St Petersburg while England’s Gawain Jones failed to sustain a mid-tournament surgeIt was back to business as usual for Magnus Carlsen in last weekend’s world blitz championship at St Petersburg….

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‘I just count money, that’s all I do’: the sporting quotes of 2018

From Australia’s sandpaper storm to some impressive popularity contests, via José Mourinho and worm denial5 January: “We have money for sardines and I’m thinking lobster. I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobste…

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Magnus Carlsen recovers from bad start at World Rapid Chess Championship

The world No 1 lost three of his opening eight games in St Petersburg but none of the frontrunners were able to break awayMagnus Carlsen, so supreme at rapid chess when he wiped out Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in their world title tie-break in London last mont…

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Saudi loss is Russian gain under ex-Kremlin chess boss

Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the world chess federation, says he wants to increase the sport’s transparencyAfter Saudi Arabia was stripped of the right to hold a major chess tournament this month, organisers quickly struck a deal with Riyadh to move…

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Chess: Draw epidemic continues as grandmasters play safe at Grand Tour

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave halved seven games before the deadlock was broken at the final in LondonWhen Norway’s world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, drew all 12 classical games in their title match in…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana misses another chance for world No 1 ranking

The defeated challenger to Magnus Carlsen lost again in speed chess, this time to Hikaru Nakamura in the London Classic semisFabiano Caruana, whose challenge for Magnus Carlsen’s world crown ended in a speed chess defeat earlier this month, has been el…

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‘Creative’ AlphaZero leads way for chess computers and, maybe, science | Sean Ingle

Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov likes what he sees of computer that could be used to find cures for diseasesGarry Kasparov is not only humanity’s greatest ever chess player but its highest-profile victim of artificial intelligence. His loss …

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana seeks to overtake Magnus Carlsen as world No 1

Defeated US challenger has a chance to capture the top ranking which the Norwegian has held in an unbroken run since 2011Fabiano Caruana can gain significant consolation for his world title failure next week when the defeated US challenger has an oppor…

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Magnus Carlsen’s tense victory sends interest in chess soaring

Intensity of championship and ease of watching the game online is bringing it to a wider audienceNot since the 1972 cold war showdown between the US grandmaster Bobby Fischer and his Russian rival Boris Spassky has chess been so high profile.This week’…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen set fair for a further reign as world champion

The Norwegian saw off the threat of Fabiano Caruana and looks stronger than any potential 2020 challengersMagnus Carlsen retaining the crown on tie-break was always one of the likely ways for the world championship to end, but it was the 12 straight dr…

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Magnus Carlsen: ‘If I had lost, it could have been my last world championship match’

After retaining his title against Fabiano Caruana the Norwegian calls for changes in the format to encourage players to take chancesAs Magnus Carlsen sat in his dressing room, euphoric and chatty after finally suppressing the stubborn resistance of Fab…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Caruana in tie-breakers to retain World Chess crown

Deadlock finally broken after nearly three weeksNorwegian seals third successful defence of title For much of the past 20 days the world’s two best grandmasters have sat in an soundproof room in central London, with only a chessboard and each other for…

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Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: World Chess Championship tie-breaker – live!

Carlsen and Caruana to decide world championship in tie-breakersCarlsen shocks with Game 12 draw offer (full move-by-move recap)Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 12.58pm GMT Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his look ahead to t…

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Countdown to Armageddon: Carlsen and Caruana set for final showdown

After 12 draws, the world chess championship will be decided by a quickfire series of tie-breakers in London on WednesdayTwelve games. Forty-eight hours. More than 630 moves. An apparent intelligence leak. A definite black eye. There’s been nothing to …

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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana head to tie-breaker after Game 12 draw

Clash goes to tie-breaker after Game 12 draw – as it happenedBest-of-12-games championship match ends in 6-all deadlockCarlsen to play as white to open tie-break after drawing of lotsThe world championship tilt between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruan…

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Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: World Chess Championship, Game 12 – live!

World title up for grabs as Carlsen and Caruana play Game 12Best-of-12-games contest deadlocked at 5½-all after 11 drawsCarlsen plays it safe in Game 11 draw (move-by-move report)Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 2.09pm GMT Hello and welcome to…

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Magnus Carlsen plays it safe in fizzling Game 11 draw with Fabiano Caruana

Carlsen and Caruana play to 55-move draw –as it happenedBest-of-12-games match knotted at 5½-all after 11 drawsCarlsen on opening surprise: ‘I just decided to shut it down’The penultimate scheduled contest of Magnus Carlsen’s world championship title d…

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Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: World Chess Championship, Game 11 – live!

Carlsen and Caruana face off in Game 11 of world title matchCarlsen admits nerves after Game 10 (move-by-move report)Best-of-12-games contest deadlocked at 5-all after 10 drawsTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 4.24pm GMT Bryan will be here shor…