For Magnus, the time for talking is clearly over: Our Game 9 report

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

A head injury sustained playing football wasn’t enough to put world chess champion Magnus Carlsen off in Game 9 as London’s big title match was left teetering on a knife-edge. Norway’s 27-year-old rock star of chess tersely denied he was bothered by the very obvious black-eye as the latest round of his three-week-long contest with …

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A result, at last! #TeamCarlsen triumphs in Chessable blitz as John Bartholomew shows how to win

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

After eight straight draws, the omens are finally looking good for Magnus Carlsen after #TeamCarlsen won Chessable’s big Carlsen Vs Caruana blitz tournament in London last night. With the Norwegian’s World Chess Championship match with Fabiano Caruana locked 4-4, Chessable’s co-founder IM John Bartholomew showed the big boys how to get a result by topping …

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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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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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