Chess: Magnus Carlsen risks world No1 rating with slump in Stavanger

Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has topped the rankings for six years but five defeats in the first seven rounds have put five rivals in striking distance

Magnus Carlsen’s career is in crisis and this week Norway’s 26-year-old world champion has been on the brink of losing the No1 ranking he has held without a break for almost six years.

Carlsen was in joint last place in the Altibox Norway elite event at Stavanger, with a pack of eager rivals within one game of usurping his No1 position, but he was saved, at least for the moment, when his old rival, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, blundered a drawn position in Thursday’s penultimate round to give the beleaguered champion a windfall point. Carlsen then drew with India’s Vishy Anand in Friday’s final round.

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