Leonard Barden on Chess

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are both eager for action as the Norwegian and the Russian limber up for their world title match in November but it is Karjakin who has the headaches due to poor form after blundering his queen in an even position on Friday afternoon against Anish Giri, the world No8 from the Netherlands.

He fought on for 68 moves until another blunder led to mate. After this debacle Carlsen’s challenger will be desperate to get back on the winning trail on Saturday (12noon BST start, live and free on the internet) when he meets India’s Pentala Harikrishna, the joint leader of the elite tournament at Shamkir, Azerbaijan.

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