Category: Magnus Carlsen


Sky News host Kay Burley on chess: ‘It’s so glitzy and fabulous’

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

TV presenter Kay Burley has told how she loves the glitzy “sport” of chess and would be fascinated to find out how the top two players Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana interact together. The Sky News anchor, who hosts also The Kay Burley Show and Kay Meets, was at the venue of the World Chess Championship in …

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Carlsen snuffs out Caruana’s ‘fireworks’: Our Round 5 report

By Leon Watson / On / In Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen played a blinder in the opening today as Fabiano Caruana tried to warm-up the World Chess Championship, but it ultimately failed to ignite. Carlsen-Caruana Game 5 ended in yet another draw, this time agreed after three and a quarter hour and 34 moves, following a fascinating period of play in the opening between …

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Who is world chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s favourite player? Himself, of course

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen’s jokes have so far been the undoubted highlight of this year’s World Championship – especially given that the match itself has been stricken by five draws in a row. And, after today’s round 5 game ended all-square, his dry sense of humour was on show again at the post-match press conference. Asked who his …

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Carlsen and Caruana could face lie-detector tests if found cheating, World Chess says

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

The world’s top two chess players could face lie-detector tests if they are suspected of cheating, the organisers of the World Chess Championship said today. World Chess, which is overseeing the Magnus Carlsen-Fabiano Caruana title match in London, said it has called in private detective agency Pinkertons to protect the competition from cheats. >> Fabiano …

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‘Deadlock’ in Carlsen-Caruana match after third draw: Our Round 3 report

By Leon Watson / On / In Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana remains, in the champion’s words, “deadlocked” after a third straight draw. There is still nothing to separate the world’s top two players – divided by just three points in the rankings – following another shut-out in round 3. The Norwegian top dog pressed his …

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Magnus Carlsen ‘complains about the cold at World Chess Championship’

By Leon Watson / On / In Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

It’s a game desperate to present itself as the new “cool” – but maybe this time it has gone a little too far. The 2018 World Chess Championship started in London last week promising a clash to rival the titanic Cold War battle between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. Well, it certainly was cold. So …

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Magnus Carlsen net worth: How much has the chess champ earned?

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

He’s the world’s greatest chess player with an earning power that dwarfs his rivals. But what is Magnus Carlsen net worth? Carlsen, the undisputed cash king of chess, hasn’t ever revealed exactly how much he has earned from the game. But the latest estimates usually start at around $10 million in prize money. Research carried …

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Magnus Carlsen jokes: ‘Women hate me, I repel them’

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

Sometimes it’s the most disarming of questions that elicit the best answers, and so it was at the World Chess Championship pre-match press conference today. The contenders, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana were asked, while sat in the full glare of a hoard of media, whether they have any female support behind them for the …

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Carlsen-Caruana: The key World Chess Championship stats you need to know

By Leon Watson / On / In Chess news, Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Championship

The two highest-rated players in the world lock horns this week for the eagerly-awaited Carlsen-Caruana World Chess Championship match. As difficult as it is to imagine, the top two fighting it out is unusual for a world title match. In fact, it hasn’t happened since 1990 when Anatoly Karpov tried – and failed – to wrestle back …

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