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Category: Magnus Carlsen

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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 …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to meet top teens in pursuit of record unbeaten run

The world No 1 can reach 111 classical games without losing at the fifth round of Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in JanuaryMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, will face five opponents aged 21 or younger when he bids for a record eighth victory at Tata Steel W…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to meet top teens in pursuit of record unbeaten run

The world No 1 can reach 111 classical games without losing at the fifth round of Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee in JanuaryMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, will face five opponents aged 21 or younger when he bids for a record eighth victory at Tata Steel W…

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Chess: Carlsen ‘deeply ashamed’ of heavy defeat to So in World Random final

Home city pressures worked against the global No 1 Magnus Carlsen in his 2.5-13.5 loss to Wesley So of the US in OsloMagnus Carlsen has admitted to being “deeply ashamed” of his crushing 2.5-13.5 defeat by America’s Wesley So in the first ever World Fi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen trails on home ground after shock defeat by Wesley So

Norway’s world No 1 in danger of Oslo defeat in first official global championship with random piece placingsMagnus Carlsen is in trouble in a three-day world championship final in Oslo this weekend. The Norwegian is meeting America’s Wesley So in a $1…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen among nine closely bunched leaders at Isle of Man

English hopes fade after Luke McShane spoils winning position in the fifth round against the world No 2, Fabiano CaruanaFour rounds from the end of the $430,000 Fide/Chess.com Isle of Man event, chances of a bunch finish were growing as just half a poi…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen escapes but Vishy Anand is beaten at Isle of Man

The first round was also a disaster for England’s players, with seven defeats in eight games, as young talents scored upsetsThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, had a narrow escape, the former champion Vishy Anand was brilliantly beaten, and several oth…

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Chess: Ding Liren ends Magnus Carlsen’s tie-break run at Sinquefield Cup

The world No 3 has his sights on a push for the world crown in 2020 after blitz victory in St LouisChina’s world No 3, Ding Liren, won a dramatic play-off against Magnus Carlsen on Thursday to capture the prestigious $325,000 Sinquefield Cup in St Loui…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen plots surge while draws dominate at Sinquefield Cup

The world champion’s unbeaten run of classical games is closing in on Ding Liren’s record while the world No 3 is also on good formThe $325,000 Sinquefield Cup at Saint Louis moves into its second half this weekend as the draw-dominated event contrasts…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen admits to confidence crisis after shock losing run

The world champion lost 10 speed games in St Louis and has only two days to recover before the start of the Sinquefield CupMagnus Carlsen’s form collapsed in spectacular fashion this week just as Norway’s world champion, 28, seemed invincible after a r…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen admits to confidence crisis after shock losing run

The world champion lost 10 speed games in St Louis and has only two days to recover before the start of the Sinquefield CupMagnus Carlsen’s form collapsed in spectacular fashion this week just as Norway’s world champion, 28, seemed invincible after a r…

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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…