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Chess: Garry Kasparov to make cameo comeback when Grand Tour resumes

The 58-year-old will play several of the current elite grandmasters at the over-the-board event in Zagreb, CroatiaGarry Kasparov, now aged 58 and for many still the all-time No 1 player, will make a rare cameo comeback next month when the 2021 over-the…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Wesley So at third attempt amid copycat draw gripes

The world No 1 atoned for two final losses against So as complaints over quickly halved Champions Tour games are growingMagnus Carlsen’s uneven progress through the online Meltwater Champions Tour, two tournament victories in six attempts, still leaves…

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Magnus Carlsen beats Wesley So at third attempt amid copycat draw gripes

The world No 1 atoned for two final losses against So as complaints over quickly halved Champions Tour games are growingMagnus Carlsen’s uneven progress through the online Meltwater Champions Tour, two tournament victories in six attempts, still leaves…

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Chess: Carlsen in danger until blitz skills see him into Crypto Cup semi-finals

The orld champion was close to elimination in preliminaries, then worse against old rival Hikaru Nakamura, but now has a chance to meet title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in Sunday’s finalMagnus Carlsen has lived on the brink for much of the last week…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and entire world top 10 compete for volatile bitcoin

World champion seeks second tournament victory in a row in richest and strongest online eventBitcoin, the wildly fluctuating cryptocurrency, and the careful strategies of the chessboard might seem to have little in common as partners, but the unlikely …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen and entire world top 10 compete for volatile bitcoin

World champion seeks second tournament victory in a row in richest and strongest online eventBitcoin, the wildly fluctuating cryptocurrency, and the careful strategies of the chessboard might seem to have little in common as partners, but the unlikely …

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Chess: American 12-year-old closes in on world record for youngest grandmaster

Abhimanyu Mishra poised to break Sergey Karjakin’s mark of 12 years seven months despite going six months without playing in a tournament due to Covid-19One of the most enduring chess records, Sergey Karjakin as the youngest grandmaster ever at 12 year…

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Magnus Carlsen ends tournament win drought at New In Chess Classic

Meanwhile Carlsen’s world title challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi has enlisted the help of a supercomputer to aid his preparationsMagnus Carlsen’s relief was evident last weekend after the world champion finally won his first tournament since his 30th birt…

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Carlsen responds to Nepomniachtchi challenge with 26-game unbeaten run

The world No 1 has impressed at the New in Chess Classic after Ian Nepomniachtchi won the Candidates in EkaterinburgIan Nepomniachtchi’s feat in qualifying as Magnus Carlsen’s official challenger in a €2m, 14-game world title series at Dubai in Novembe…

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Nepomniachtchi sets up World Chess Championship date with Carlsen

Russian will challenge Magnus Carlsen in Dubai this NovemberNorwegian prefers to face Nepomniachtchi due to uneven playIan Nepomniachtchi, the 30-year-old Russian champion, will face Magnus Carlsen for the Norwegian’s world crown in Dubai this November…

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Nepomniachtchi nears Candidates title and tilt at Carlsen’s world chess crown

The Russian champion has usurped Ding Liren as world No 3 and, with four rounds to go, is in pole position in EkaterinburgIan Nepomniachtchi is in sight of the result of his life, as the 30-year-old Russian champion leads the Candidates in Ekaterinburg…

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Magnus Carlsen’s wait for challenger almost over as Candidates returns

The tournament to decide who will take on Carlsen for his world crown restarts on Monday after a year-long Covid-enforced delayThe Covid-hit Candidates will resume in Ekaterinburg on Monday, a full year after the eight-player tournament to decide the o…

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Chess: new event gives chance for young talent to face Magnus Carlsen

Julius Baer Challengers Tour in progress all week as early results echo Guardian headline from 2017A new $100,000 online event for rising talents, the Julius Baer Challengers Tour, is under way this week. Ten under-18 male players and 10 under-25 women…

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Chess: Guildford meet match in Euro Club Cup after eight-year unbeaten run

Germany’s Deizisau-Stuttgart the unlikely winner after Russian heavyweights edged outGuildford are perennial winners in Britain’s national league, the 4NCL. Organised and partly bankrolled by their shrewd manager, Roger Emerson, the Surrey team have wo…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen’s recent failures should be just a blip on his record

The world champion has missed out on first prize in six tournaments in a row, but is still poised to qualify for the Meltwater Tour finalMagnus Carlsen has now gone six tournaments in a row without a first prize, his longest such sequence since he won …

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen on the brink of elimination from his own tournament

The world champion lost the first set of his semi-final against Ian Nepomniachtchi in the $200,000 Carlsen InvitationalMagnus Carlsen, the world champion, has been having a hard time in the $1.5m online Meltwater Champions Tour, supported by his own co…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to faces Alireza Firouzja as No 1 battles dip in form

Norway’s world champion, beaten in his last four events, meets Wijk winner, candidates leader and arch-rival on first day of $200,000 InvitationalThe 10-tournament online $1.5m Meltwater Champions Tour resumes todayon Saturday at 4pm, free and live onl…

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to faces Alireza Firouzja as No 1 battles dip in form

Norway’s world champion, beaten in his last four events, meets Wijk winner, candidates leader and arch-rival on first day of $200,000 InvitationalThe 10-tournament online $1.5m Meltwater Champions Tour resumes todayon Saturday at 4pm, free and live onl…