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Chess: Carlsen takes Armageddon route to Altibox Norway victory

The world No 1 took his seventh tournament win a row, emerging on top at Stavanger with one round to spareMagnus Carlsen scored his seventh tournament victory in a row at Stavanger this week, ensuring first prize at Altibox Norway with Friday’s final r…

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Chess: Armageddon divides fans while Magnus Carlsen leads again in Norway

Controversial speed format designed to prevent draws sparks a chaotic scramble at Altibox event and causes online uproarArmageddon is a chess penalty shoot-out, a controversial format intended to prevent draws and to stimulate interesting play. It can …

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Chess: Russian duo lead world Grand Prix as race to take on Carlsen heats up

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk well placed to become candidates to take on Magnus Carlsen in 2020Moscow’s iconic Central Club was the epicentre of the Soviet chess empire in the golden decades, when USSR grandmasters defeated all rivals and …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen in Scotland and targeting yet another new record

The world champion could break his previous high rating of 2903 in rapidplay if he is on form at the Lindores Abbey StarsAnother week, another record attempt. The world champion, Magnus Carlsen, makes his first visit to Scotland this weekend, with seri…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets another record despite ‘playing badly’

World champion overawes rivals at opening Grand Tour event in Ivory Coast with his new-look aggressive Sicilian styleMagnus Carlsen won the $150,000 Grand Tour opening speed event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with two rounds to spare last weekend, and the …

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Chess: Guildford extend unbeaten run to record 77 matches over six years

The Surrey club kept their monopoly on the 4NCL title by defeating an ambitious challenge from the Isle of ManNo surprises at the 4NCL, then. Guildford maintained their stranglehold on the Four Nations Chess League by winning all 11 matches in the curr…

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Chess: supreme Magnus Carlsen targets his own world record after Grenke win

The Norwegian world champion can contest the title of greatest of all time with legendary players Bobby Fischer and Garry KasparovMagnus Carlsen will target his own all-time performance record when the world champion starts the Altibox Norway elite eve…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen becomes marathon man in battle for Grenke title

World champion averages 69 moves and 5hr 18min playing time in first five games but is unable to establish dominance in standingsMagnus Carlsen became marathon man this week as the world champion battled through five long games at the Grenke Classic in…

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Chess: Gawain Jones shines at Reykjavik and becomes England’s new No 1

The 31-year-old was unbeaten in Iceland in a multiple tie for first on 7/9 and raised his rating to world elite 2700 levelGawain Jones battled through two marathon final round games in Iceland this week to achieve a career-best world elite rating of ov…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen dominates in Shamkir with two-point victory margin

The Norwegian’s result was among the best tournament performances in chess history, rivalling those of former legendsMagnus Carlsen unleashed a true champion’s performance in Shamkir this week. The Norwegian, 28, surged at the finish, crushed three maj…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen struggling to find his best form in Azerbaijan

The world No 1 is facing a crunch match against China’s Ding Liren, who is a point behind him and has favourable white piecesMagnus Carlsen is fighting hard for a strong result this weekend at Shamkir, Azerbaijan, as the world champion, 28, struggles f…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen struggling to find his best form in Azerbaijan

The world No 1 is facing a crunch match against China’s Ding Liren, who is a point behind him and has favourable white piecesMagnus Carlsen is fighting hard for a strong result this weekend at Shamkir, Azerbaijan, as the world champion, 28, struggles f…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana ends winless run after Magnus Carlsen’s taunt

World title challenger in three-way battle with former Cuban champion and a speed specialist for the US crown this weekendFabiano Caruana is fighting back in the final rounds of the $194,000 US title contest this weekend after the world No 2 and defeat…

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Chess: England’s medallists battle jetlag but rack up six wins in 4NCL

Luke McShane, Gawain Jones and David Howell racked up a combined six wins in six games in Britain’s National League in TelfordForty-eight hours after the world team championship closing ceremony in Astana, Kazakhstan, England’s jet-lagged trio of team …

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Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams

Final-round victory clinches second place behind Russia while Luke McShane wins board two gold in AstanaEngland’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan were the team’s first of any colour in major competition si…

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Chess: England win first major medal in 22 years with silver at world teams

Final-round victory clinches second place behind Russia while Luke McShane wins board two gold in AstanaEngland’s silver medals on Thursday at the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan were the team’s first of any colour in major competition si…

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Chess: England start well at World Team Championship and draw 2-2 with Russia

The England team are in the hunt for the medals in Astana and face a crucial match against India on SaturdayEngland made a fine start at this week’s World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where they beat the host nation and Azerbaijan in the op…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana shines at speed and crushes his opponent in St Louis

The overall world No 2 beat India’s Pentala Harikrishna with a day to spare at the Champions Challenge and rises to No 3 in rapidFabiano Caruana, whose challenge for the world title failed when Magnus Carlsen whitewashed the American 3-0 in their rapid…

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Chess: England to take on superpowers at world team championship in Astana

China, Russia and United States are the favourites for next month’s showdown in KazakhstanEngland have been confirmed as one of the 10 finalists in next month’s world team championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, where China, Russia and the US are expected …

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Chess: Guildford’s six-year 4NCL unbeaten run threatened by Manx

Surrey club’s record unbeaten run is threatened by the newcomers who have climbed rapidly from the third tierThe all-conquering Guildford team in the Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) are winning match after match but their manager is already planning w…