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Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets out plans for lead-up to world title encounter

The world champion has carefully chosen which events to attend before his meeting with Fabiano Caruana in NovemberMagnus Carlsen is taking no chances. The 27-year-old Norwegian, who defends his world crown against Fabiano Caruana of the US in their 12-…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen returns to form with bright start in Stavanger

The world champion won in rounds one and three while Ding Liren’s participation was thrown into doubt when he broke a hip in a bicycle accident on Thursday’s rest dayMagnus Carlsen has got off to a flying start at Stavanger this week, as the world cham…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the hunt for more prizes

The world champion and his challenger are putting in impressive displays at Shamkir and the US championship respectivelySeven months before the world title series Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, are in good form. The Ame…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana keeps pressure on Magnus Carlsen with elite wins

The 25-year-old American has jumped to No 2 in the live ratings after winning two elite tournaments and is closing in on Carlsen, who he will play in the world title series this yearFabiano Caruana has won two elite tournaments in a fortnight, jum…

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Chess: St Louis may bid for Fabiano Caruana versus Magnus Carlsen match

Caruana’s victory in the candidates series in Berlin has sparked rumours that November’s world title contest may switch from London to United States and offer a larger financial prize to the winnerBy winning this week’s candidates tournament in Berlin,…

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American Fabiano Caruana to play for world chess title after candidates win

Miami-born, Brooklyn-raised Caruana wins candidates in BerlinCaruana, 25, will face Magnus Carlsen for world title in NovemberNo American has held world championship since Fischer in 1972The American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana will challenge for Magnu…

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Fabiano Caruana takes advantage after Vlad Kramnik blows candidates lead

The American and Shak Mamedyarov lead after six of 14 rounds at the candidates with the winner to face Magnus Carlsen for the world titleAn online photo of Vlad Kramnik, head buried in arms and slumped at the board after his fourth-round defeat, sums u…

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Chess: Levon Aronian favourite to secure right to challenge Magnus Carlsen

The world championship candidates tournament begins on Saturday with eight contenders gunning for the chance to face the NorwegianThe world championship candidates tournament opens at the Kulhaus, Berlin on Saturday afternoon, continues until 28 March …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen beats Hikaru Nakamura in Fischer Random match

The world No 1 won 14-10 in Oslo in a format that features randomised starting setting of pieces in an attempt to encourage creative openingsMagnus Carlsen captured another global crown, albeit an unofficial title, this week when Norway’s world No&nbsp…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen storms back into form with Wijk aan Zee victory

The world champion won his first elite tournament for 18 months by beating the home contender Anish Giri in a speed play-off3532 White mates in three moves, against any defence (by Fritz Giegold). This puzzle looks trivial, but you need to find a cute …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen aims for strong showing at illustrious Wijk aan Zee

The world champion had a disappointing 2017 in classical elite tournaments but has a chance to turn things around when the ‘Wimbledon of chess’ beginsMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, attempts to break an alarming sequence of setbacks in classical el…

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Chess: lucrative world speed events to open in Saudi Arabia amid controversy

Magnus Carlsen is among those scheduled to appear at the event in Riyadh which has been dogged by issues surrounding visas for Israeli participants and the dress code for women competitorsThe 2017 world rapid (half-hour games) and blitz (five-minute) c…

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Leonard Barden on Chess

The US No1 rose to second in the world behind Magnus Carlsen with wins in round four and five and Caruana now looks set to do well in the 2018 candidatesThis week’s London Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre has produced an epidemic of draws, with…

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Leonard Barden on Chess

The world champion will play a 12-game series in November next year against the winner of the candidates seriesMagnus Carlsen’s next defence of his world crown will be a 12-game series in London from 9-28 November 2018. The decision, already widely rum…

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London to host Magnus Carlsen’s world chess championship defense in 2018

Carlsen to defend title against opponent to be decided in MarchLondon to host world championship match for first time since 2000Best-of-12-games match has been scheduled for 9-28 NovemberMagnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess cha…

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Leonard Barden on Chess

The world champion took first prize with an unbeaten 7.5/9 which was enough to increase the gap between him and his closest rival, Levon Aronian, to 36 points

Magnus Carlsen has seen off his rivals, at least for the moment. Following his early elimination from the World Cup in Tbilisi the 26-year-old world champion made the bold decision to travel to Douglas for the Chess.com Isle of Man Open. He left behind his normal entourage of parents, manager and trainer but brought his girlfriend, Synne Christin Larsen.

Carlsen led all the way, used some offbeat openings like 1…g6 and 1…b6, won several creative games, made a trip to the top of Snaefell, the Isle’s highest point and captured the £50,000 first prize with an unbeaten 7.5/9, half a point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura of the US and India’s Vishy Anand. It was the Norwegian’s first victory in a classical tournament for more than a year.

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The 128-player tournament in Tiblisi, Georgia, includes 35 of the players ranked in the top 40 and offers an impressive prize of $140,000 for the winner as well as places in the 2018 candidates series

The 128-player, $1.6m World Cup starts in Tbilisi, Georgia, at midday on Sunday and is a mighty event, a must-watch for chess fans. Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, is competing, along with 35 of the top 40 elite grandmasters.

Its format of two-game mini-matches followed by speed tie-breaks at ever-faster rates is challenging. A single error and elimination looms. The rewards at the end are $140,000 for the winner and two places in the 2018 candidates which will decide Carlsen’s next title challenger. For Russia’s Vlad Kramnik, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and America’s Hikaru Nakamura, top 10 players who have little or no chance of qualifying for the candidates via the rating list or the Fide Grand Prix, the World Cup is the last chance saloon.

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen risks world No1 rating with slump in Stavanger

Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has topped the rankings for six years but five defeats in the first seven rounds have put five rivals in striking distance

Magnus Carlsen’s career is in crisis and this week Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has been on the brink of losing the No1 ranking he has held without a break for almost six years.

Carlsen was in joint last place in the Altibox Norway elite event at Stavanger, with a pack of eager rivals within one game of usurping his No1 position, but he was saved, at least for the moment, when his old rival, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, blundered a drawn position in Thursday’s penultimate round to give the beleaguered champion a windfall point. Carlsen then drew with India’s Vishy Anand in Friday’s final round.

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen risks world No1 rating with slump in Stavanger

Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has topped the rankings for six years but five defeats in the first seven rounds have put five rivals in striking distance

Magnus Carlsen’s career is in crisis and this week Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has been on the brink of losing the No1 ranking he has held without a break for almost six years.

Carlsen was in joint last place in the Altibox Norway elite event at Stavanger, with a pack of eager rivals within one game of usurping his No1 position, but he was saved, at least for the moment, when his old rival, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, blundered a drawn position in Thursday’s penultimate round to give the beleaguered champion a windfall point. Carlsen then drew with India’s Vishy Anand in Friday’s final round.

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Leonard Barden on Chess

Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, made the most embarrassing blunder of his career at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee last weekend, missing a chance for a simple virtually forced mate in three moves, all of them rook checks. That game was drawn and the next day he lost after a series of errors. His lead in the official rankings, which the 26-year-old Norwegian says he prizes even more than the global crown, has shrunk drastically and is threatened by two American rivals.

This weekend’s crucial games at Wijk and at Tradewise Gibraltar could therefore be a defining moment for Carlsen. Only seven players, starting with the legendary Bobby Fischer, have been No1 since the official Fide list was instituted in 1971 and Carlsen’s tenure of the top spot has been unbroken since July 2011. However, in his last 23 classical games, the world title series against Sergey Karjakin in New York and the first 11 rounds at Wijk, he has only managed +4=17-2, well short of the dominance expected from a great champion.

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