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Category: Magnus Carlsen

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Magnus Carlsen advances at chess World Cup but seeds fall to new talents

The world No 1 was the sole survivor from the top four seeds in Sochi as emerging teenage players demonstrated their skillsThe $1.9m (£1.38m), 206-player World Cup at Sochi has so far proved a graveyard for the top 10 grandmasters, while a bevy of teen…

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Chess: Carlsen loses three in a row twice as champion heads for World Cup

Garry Kasparov to take on world title challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi, this weekendMagnus Carlsen suffered a rare double setback last weekend when the world champion twice lost three games in a row at the $100,000 Goldmoney Asian Rapid. The defeats occu…

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Chess: Carlsen takes on No 1 junior, No 1 woman and No 1 rival on same afternoon

Ian Nepomniachtchi’s Berlin Wall novelty makes Garry Kasparov want to turn the clock back to 2000Starting at midday on Saturday, Magnus Carlsen will take on in succession: first, the 18-year-old widely tipped as a future world champion; second, the wor…

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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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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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Garry Kasparov: ‘Why become a martyr? I can do much more outside Russia’

The chess grandmaster on speaking out against Vladimir Putin and why he cannot choose the best player ever“I haven’t stopped my fight against the regime,” says Garry Kasparov, his words bristling with defiance and quiet rage. “I’m not lowering my voice…

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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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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: 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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Double bongcloud: why grandmasters are playing the worst move in chess

A move so bad you’d have to be stoned to think it was a good idea. But chess’ grandmasters are taking it to the mainstreamAn otherwise meaningless game during Monday’s preliminary stage of the $200,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational left a pair of grandma…

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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…

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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: Wesley So uses repertoire to extend Magnus Carlsen’s barren streak

Carlsen was under pressure in openings and missed tactical chances, while So forgot his own analysis at the Opera Euro RapidWesley So, the US champion, who won the online Skilling Open in November to spoil Magnus Carlsen’s 30th birthday, achieved a dou…