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 2011

Fabiano Caruana can gain significant consolation for his world title failure next week when the defeated US challenger has an opportunity to capture the global No 1 ranking. His conqueror, Magnus Carlsen, has held the top spot unbroken since 2011, and it is one of the Norwegian’s most prized possessions.

Caruana, along with his compatriot Hikaru Nakamura, Armenia’s Levon Aronian and France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, are survivors from the year-long Grand Tour whose previous legs were in Brussels, Paris and St Louis. Semi-final pairings for the $300,000 London Classic are Caruana v Nakamura and Aronian v Vachier-Lagrave.

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