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 best

Magnus Carlsen began his latest tournament in style this week as the world champion bids to break his own performance record in the current Grand Tour event at Zagreb, Croatia.

In a field with nine of the current top 10 grandmasters, Carlsen needs eight out of 11 to tie his official monthly mark of 2882 rating points, and nine out of 11 to break his unofficial daily record of 2889. He has won seven successive tournaments and has an unbeaten streak of 70 games.

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