Magnus Carlsen recovers from bad start at World Rapid Chess Championship

The world No 1 lost three of his opening eight games in St Petersburg but none of the frontrunners were able to break away

Magnus Carlsen, so supreme at rapid chess when he wiped out Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in their world title tie-break in London last month, got off to a contrastingly shocking start in the $1m World Rapid championship which ends on Friday night in St Petersburg. In rapid, each player has 15 minutes for the entire game, plus a 10 seconds increment for each move.

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