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Chess: Magnus Carlsen hoping to reach new heights at Sinquefield Cup

Arithmetic seems against the world champion and he may have to wait until 2020 to achieve a record ratingAfter eight consecutive tournament victories and a run of 79 classical games without defeat Magnus Carlsen has his sights on 2900, the record round…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen at peak but faces Saturday test against Wesley So

The world champion has played 76 games without defeat but has a trying encounter with second-placed So in ZagrebMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, has been in commanding form at Zagreb, setting new achievement peaks with impressive victories against h…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen scores in Alphazero style in hunt for new record

The world champion needs eight out of 11 in Zagreb to tie his top monthly rating of 2882 and nine out of 11 to beat his daily bestMagnus Carlsen began his latest tournament in style this week as the world champion bids to break his own performance reco…

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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: 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: 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: 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: Magnus Carlsen shares the lead at Wijk but needle game looms large

The world No 4, Anish Giri, is also in joint first after the US champion, Sam Shankland, resigned in a drawn positionMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, has recaptured his vintage form in an impressive response to his unwelcome record of halving 21 con…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen halves 21 games in a row to set unwelcome record

The Norwegian, 28, managed to keep the No 1 ranking he has held for more than seven years, despite the long winless runIt will be a sore statistic with Magnus Carlsen for years to come. The world champion has just emerged from a run of 21 consecutive d…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen retains world blitz title with dominant performance

The Norwegian world No 1 went 21 games without defeat in St Petersburg while England’s Gawain Jones failed to sustain a mid-tournament surgeIt was back to business as usual for Magnus Carlsen in last weekend’s world blitz championship at St Petersburg….

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Magnus Carlsen recovers from bad start at World Rapid Chess Championship

The world No 1 lost three of his opening eight games in St Petersburg but none of the frontrunners were able to break awayMagnus Carlsen, so supreme at rapid chess when he wiped out Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in their world title tie-break in London last mont…

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Chess: Draw epidemic continues as grandmasters play safe at Grand Tour

Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave halved seven games before the deadlock was broken at the final in LondonWhen Norway’s world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his US challenger, Fabiano Caruana, drew all 12 classical games in their title match in…

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Chess: Fabiano Caruana seeks to overtake Magnus Carlsen as world No 1

Defeated US challenger has a chance to capture the top ranking which the Norwegian has held in an unbroken run since 2011Fabiano Caruana can gain significant consolation for his world title failure next week when the defeated US challenger has an oppor…

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Magnus Carlsen’s tense victory sends interest in chess soaring

Intensity of championship and ease of watching the game online is bringing it to a wider audienceNot since the 1972 cold war showdown between the US grandmaster Bobby Fischer and his Russian rival Boris Spassky has chess been so high profile.This week’…