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Player power triumphs in St Louis as Magnus Carlsen leads tie-break protest

Officials allow the world champion, along with Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian, to be joint winners of the Sinquefield CupAt the end of a tournament where nearly 80% of the games were drawn, a record for an elite event, player power finally settled t…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana set to meet in Sinquefield Cup

The world champion and his title challenger will play in the seventh round in St Louis where 80% of games have been halved despite the strict anti-draw rulesA rare treat, or perhaps a letdown, awaits online chess viewers this weekend when the $300,000 …

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana ready for final Magnus Carlsen meeting before world title clash

World champion Magnus Carlsen dodged speed games at St Louis but Fabiano Caruana is keeping a heavy scheduleThe big clash is approaching. Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger Fabiano Caruana will meet next Saturday in round seven of the Sinquefield Cup…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen serene while Fabiano Caruana faces hectic period

The Norwegian world champion got off to a strong start in Biel while his challenger has an a schedule packed with rapid and blitzMagnus Carlsen got off to a strong start at Biel this week as the 27-year-old world champion ground out victories by his fa…

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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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