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Chess: Russia to admit China’s world title candidates despite travel ban

Ding Liren and Wang Hao to arrive early and prepare in isolated country house after Moscow grants them “humanitarian visas” ahead of the event in EkaterinburgThe world title candidates starting in Ekaterinburg on 15 March has survived a scare after Rus…

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Chess: Guildford extend unbeaten run to 83 matches over nearly eight years

The Surrey club’s two wins in the 4NCL mean they are unbeaten since 5 May 2012 while a victory for Michael Adams, 48, makes him the world’s second oldest 2700-rated playerGuildford’s stranglehold on Britain’s Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) is set to …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen’s betting sponsorship deal risks Fide dispute

• Carlsen to be global ambassador for Unibet in 2020-21• Fide official: ‘You can forget about this logo in Fide events’Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, has signed a controversial new two-year sponsorship deal for 2020-21 which could put the Norwegia…

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Chess: Caruana lining up another title shot after eclipsing Carlsen at Wijk

The US world No 2 finished two points clear of the Norwegian on 10/13 and is now the favourite to win the candidates in MarchFabiano Caruana has set down an impressive marker for a 2020 campaign which could take the US world No 2 to a second shot at Ma…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana leads Magnus Carlsen by a point as Wijk end nears

Alireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian and centre of attraction, met his match in the American and NorwegianFabiano Caruana, the world No 2 who narrowly lost the title match to Magnus Carlsen at London 2018, is well placed to gain some revenge as th…

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Chess: Carlsen secures record but draws threaten chances of victory at Wijk

Iranian exile Alireza Firouzja, 16, shares the lead at tournament in the Netherlands after an impressive win against Anish GiriMagnus Carlsen’s streak of 111 games without defeat is a new landmark in the 29-year-old Norwegian’s career, but its climax h…

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Magnus Carlsen breaks record for longest unbeaten streak in chess history

• World’s No 1 chess player makes it 111 games without defeat• Carlsen eclipses record set by Russia’s Sergei Tiviakov in 2005Magnus Carlsen has completed another record-breaking achievement as the world’s No 1 chess player made it 111 games without de…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen chasing fresh records but dangers lurk at Wijk aan Zee

Fabiano Caruana wants revenge for his defeat in the 2018 world title match, while rising star Alireza Firouzja aims to join the eliteMagnus Carlsen starts his 2020 campaign on Saturday when the world champion plays his opening round at Tata Steel Wijk …

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Magnus Carlsen: ‘You need to be very fortunate to be No 1 in fantasy football’

The chess world champion reached the landmark during a highly successful year and now has his sights set on a record unbeaten streak in chess“I’m not a highly cultured guy,” says the world’s strongest chess player and, for a brief giddy moment before C…

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Chess: Carlsen wins speed titles after controversial game with rising star

The world No 1 dominated his rivals in 2019, winning 10 elite tournaments, but is expected play less in his title defence yearMagnus Carlsen ended his vintage year of 2019 as he began it, as a superb all-round player who outclasses his rivals. Carlsen …

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Chess: Iran’s Alireza Firouzja, 16, bypasses ban on playing Israelis

The No 1-ranked teenage player opts to play under Fide’s flag at the world speed chess championships in MoscowAlireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian, who ranks as the world’s top teenager, is competing this weekend under the international chess body…

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Chess: France’s top player clings to a slender hope of Candidates place

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will be eliminated this weekend unless a Chinese talent upsets the Russian favourite, Ian NepomniachtchiMaxime Vachier-Lagrave, the world No 6, has long dreamed of qualifying as a world title candidate and going on to challenge M…

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Chess: Ding Liren wins Grand Tour as China’s 1975 domination plan rolls on

The world No 3 is on form and has established himself as the clear favourite to become Magnus Carlsen’s 2020 challengerDing Liren’s impressive triumph in last weekend’s Grand Tour final at London Olympia has made China’s world No 3 the firm favourite t…

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2019 | Simon Burnton

While the more deserving await the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award verdict on Sunday night, here is our list of sporting anti-heroes from 2019The Military World Games may have received little publicity in Britain, which is not one of the 140…

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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2019 | Simon Burnton

While the more deserving await the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award verdict on Sunday night, here is our list of sporting anti-heroes from 2019The Military World Games may have received little publicity in Britain, which is not one of the 140…

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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 …