Category: World Chess Championship


Magnus Carlsen brands World Chess Championship sound-proofing failure ‘unacceptable’

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

The World Chess Championship in London was overshadowed by a bizarre incident in round 8 when the playing arena’s unique sound-proofing failed. The game between Norway’s chess “rock-star” Magnus Carlsen and US challenger Fabiano Caruana was apparently interrupted by irritating chatter despite the players being sat in a double-layered, glass-enclosed “fish-tank”. >> Eurosport plots chess move: …

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Eurosport plots chess move: Game to be broadcast across Europe and Asia

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

The last time chess was broadcast regularly on UK television the BBC employed a man covered head-to-toe in black cloth to make moves on a giant board – but now chess on Eurosport is coming. Three decades on the game is making a comeback to the small screen after the broadcaster revealed it will start …

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Magnus Carlsen isn’t exactly loving all these draws: Our Game 7 report

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

Pacifists will be delighted – Carlsen-Caruana Game 7 ended in yet another peaceful outcome. But the rest of us who want blood and guts spilled before us could be forgiven being slightly disappointed as the World Chess Championship remained deadlocked and without a win. >> Who is world chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s favourite player? Himself, …

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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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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales on chess: ‘It really excites people’

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

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, made the ceremonial first move in round 5 of the World Chess Championship today and then paid tribute to the game’s “intense intellectual activity”. The American internet entrepreneur played 1.e4 for countryman Fabiano Caruana before moving to the commentary box where he recounted an amusing tale about how false information …

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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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Fabiano Caruana’s prep accidentally uploaded to YouTube

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

Fabiano Caruana’s bid to capture the World Chess Championship was dealt a severe blow today when a disastrous leak on YouTube revealed months of the challenger’s top-secret prep. A clip showing names of the world number 2’s meticulously researched openings appeared on the Saint Louis Chess Club’s channel hours before Round 4 of his title match …

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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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