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World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table

Magnus Carlsen climbs to third spot of Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to ‘luck’Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game – fantasy football.The grandmaster i…

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Chess: ‘Sluggish’ Carlsen loses Olympia tie-break as speed wobbles return

The Norwegian has won a record eight tournaments in 2019 but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a chaotic London gameMagnus Carlsen in 2019 has been the most active and arguably successful world champion ever, yet inconsistency at speed has recently arrived to…

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Magnus Carlsen prepares for London chess finals: ‘I’m the man to beat’

World champion sets record Tour total and regains No 1 in rapid but loses twice in blitz in Kolkata to China’s Ding LirenMagnus Carlsen was back to his dominant best this week as Norway’s world champion, who turns 29 on Saturday, set a record total for…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen ‘won’t count’ Norway league games in record streak

World champion calls them ‘Tivi-esque’ in dig at Sergei Tiviakov, the rival claimant to the longest run in classical without defeatMagnus Carlsen is aiming for a record 111-game unbeaten streak, but the world champion has just made it harder for himsel…

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World Chess to issue digital tokens in stock market flotation

Company that ran World Chess Championships wants to cash in on game’s online popularityThe company that ran the World Chess Championships plans to issue a cryptocurrency-like digital token ahead of a stock market float in London as it tries to cash in …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to meet top teens in pursuit of record unbeaten run

The world No 1 can reach 111 classical games without losing at the fifth round of Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in JanuaryMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, will face five opponents aged 21 or younger when he bids for a record eighth victory at Tata Steel W…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to meet top teens in pursuit of record unbeaten run

The world No 1 can reach 111 classical games without losing at the fifth round of Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in JanuaryMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, will face five opponents aged 21 or younger when he bids for a record eighth victory at Tata Steel W…

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Chess: Carlsen ‘deeply ashamed’ of heavy defeat to So in World Random final

Home city pressures worked against the global No 1 Magnus Carlsen in his 2.5-13.5 loss to Wesley So of the US in OsloMagnus Carlsen has admitted to being “deeply ashamed” of his crushing 2.5-13.5 defeat by America’s Wesley So in the first ever World Fi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen trails on home ground after shock defeat by Wesley So

Norway’s world No 1 in danger of Oslo defeat in first official global championship with random piece placingsMagnus Carlsen is in trouble in a three-day world championship final in Oslo this weekend. The Norwegian is meeting America’s Wesley So in a $1…

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Chess: Wang Hao shocks elite to win at Isle of Man after David Howell blunders

The 30-year-old, omitted from China’s Olympiad team for seven years, becomes a candidate to challenge Magnus CarlsenWang Hao shocked the chess elite this week when the 30-year-old, who had talked of giving up the game, is out of favour with Chinese off…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen among nine closely bunched leaders at Isle of Man

English hopes fade after Luke McShane spoils winning position in the fifth round against the world No 2, Fabiano CaruanaFour rounds from the end of the $430,000 Fide/Chess.com Isle of Man event, chances of a bunch finish were growing as just half a poi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Isle of Man last chance for some of Magnus Carlsen’s potential foes

Half the eight 2020 candidates are decided following Teimour Radjabov’s shock World Cup win, so eminent names will fall in the overcrowded raceFour of the eight candidates who will compete for the right to take on Magnus Carlsen for his global crown ar…

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Chess: All-Chinese World Cup semi-final may spark controversy in tie-breaks

Teimour Radjabov is a surprise finalist after eliminating France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the other semi-final while Russians crash out in quartersChina’s world No 3, Ding Liren, is favourite to become the next challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s global…

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Chess: Jeffery Xiong aims to emulate Bobby Fischer after beating No 2 seed

The 18-year-old knocked out Anish Giri at the World Cup but faces a battle to make the final and reach the 2020 world title candidatesJeffery Xiong eliminated Anish Giri, the No 2 seed from the Netherlands, at the $1.6m World Cup in Siberia this week a…

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Chess: Michael Adams knocked out in first round of World Cup in Siberia

The 47-year-old British champion lost an eight-game marathon while Gawain Jones and Luke McShane advanced to the last 64The seven-times British champion Michael Adams was eliminated 4.5-3.5 after an eight-game marathon in the first round of the $1.6m W…

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Chess: age catches up with Garry Kasparov in 5-1 loss to Fabiano Caruana

The 56-year-old struggled with fast time limits in the Champions Showdown at St Louis and said afterwards: ‘I can fight all opponents, but not age’Garry Kasparov, world champion for 15 years and still the all-time No 1 in the eyes of many chess fans, l…

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Chess: Ding Liren ends Magnus Carlsen’s tie-break run at Sinquefield Cup

The world No 3 has his sights on a push for the world crown in 2020 after blitz victory in St LouisChina’s world No 3, Ding Liren, won a dramatic play-off against Magnus Carlsen on Thursday to capture the prestigious $325,000 Sinquefield Cup in St Loui…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen plots surge while draws dominate at Sinquefield Cup

The world champion’s unbeaten run of classical games is closing in on Ding Liren’s record while the world No 3 is also on good formThe $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis moves into its second half this weekend as the draw-dominated event contrasts…