Chess: Magnus Carlsen sets another record despite ‘playing badly’

World champion overawes rivals at opening Grand Tour event in Ivory Coast with his new-look aggressive Sicilian style

Magnus Carlsen won the $150,000 Grand Tour opening speed event in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with two rounds to spare last weekend, and the world champion broke another record when he became the first player ever to reach a stratospheric 2900 rating at one-hour rapid chess.

Carlsen’s current surge was previously in longplay elite tournaments, where he won Tata Steel Wijk, Shamkir and Grenke earlier this year to take his classical rating to 2875, just short of his own record which he will try to break on home ground in Stavanger next month.

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