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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 Louis

China’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 Louis and strengthen the growing impression that the 26-year-old can challenge for the Norwegian’s global crown in 2020.

Ding beat Carlsen 2-0 in five-minute blitz after the pair had tied on 6.5/11 in the tournament proper. They then drew two one-hour rapid games before moving on to the much faster time control.

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