The Guardian : chess
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Chess: Carlsen secures record but draws threaten chances of victory at Wijk  15h43 17 janvier
Leonard Barden
Iranian exile Alireza Firouzja, 16, shares the lead at tournament in the Netherlands after an impressive win against Anish GiriMagnus Carlsen’s streak of 113 games without defeat is a new landmark in the 29-year-old Norwegian’s career but its climax has been six lacklustre draws at Wijk aan Zee...
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Magnus Carlsen breaks record for longest unbeaten streak in chess history  17h03 14 janvier
Paul MacInnes
World’s No 1 chess player makes it 111 games without defeat Carlsen eclipses record set by Russia’s Sergei Tiviakov in 2005Magnus Carlsen completed another record-breaking achievement when he stretched his unbeaten record to 111 successive games. The 29-year-old world champion drew against...
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Chess: Magnus Carlsen to face arch rival Anish Giri in opening round at Wijk  17h26 10 janvier
Leonard Barden
Favourable early pairings give the world champion a good chance of setting a record streak of 111 games unbeatenThe world champion, Magnus Carlsen, starts his 2020 campaign on Saturday when he meets his arch rival Anish Giri in the opening round at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, the traditional Dutch...
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Magnus Carlsen: You need to be very fortunate to be No 1 in fantasy football’  20h00 09 janvier
Sean Ingle
The chess world champion reached the landmark during a highly successful year and now has his sights set on a record unbeaten streak in chess I’m not a highly cultured guy, says the world’s strongest chess player and, for a brief giddy moment before Christmas, the No 1 Premier League fantasy...
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Chess: Carlsen wins speed titles after controversial game with rising star  13h04 03 janvier
Leonard Barden
The world No 1 dominated his rivals in 2019, winning 10 elite tournaments, but is expected play less in his title defence yearMagnus Carlsen ended his vintage year of 2019 as he began it, as a superb all-round player who outclasses his rivals. Carlsen won at Wijk in January last year and at Moscow...
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Chess: Iran’s Alireza Firouzja, 16, bypasses ban on playing Israelis  17h37 27 décembre
Leonard Barden
The No 1-ranked teenage player opts to play under Fide’s flag at the world speed chess championships in MoscowAlireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian, who ranks as the world’s top teenager, is competing this weekend under the international chess body Fide’s flag rather than obey directives from...
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Chess: France’s top player clings to a slender hope of Candidates place  12h11 20 décembre
Leonard Barden
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will be eliminated this weekend unless a Chinese talent upsets the Russian favourite, Ian NepomniachtchiMaxime Vachier-Lagrave, the world No 6, has long dreamed of qualifying as a world title candidate and going on to challenge Magnus Carlsen but the Frenchman, 29, has been...
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Chess: Ding Liren wins Grand Tour as China’s 1975 domination plan rolls on  20h35 13 décembre
Leonard Barden
The world No 3 is on form and has established himself as the clear favourite to become Magnus Carlsen’s 2020 challengerDing Liren’s impressive triumph in last weekend’s Grand Tour final at London Olympia has made China’s world No 3 the firm favourite to win the eight-man Candidates Tournament next...
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The Anti-Sports Personality of the Year awards 2019 Simon Burnton  10h00 12 décembre
Simon Burnton
While the more deserving await the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award verdict on Sunday night, here is our list of sporting anti-heroes from 2019The Military World Games may have received little publicity in Britain, which is not one of the 140 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe who...
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World chess champion on the verge of topping fantasy football table  17h14 08 décembre
Matthew Weaver and Tom Meltzer
Magnus Carlsen climbs to sixth spot in Fantasy Premier League but puts his success down to luck’Magnus Carlsen, the world’s best chess player for the last decade, is on the brink of reaching the top in another game - fantasy football.The grandmaster is enjoying his best season ever in the Fantasy...
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Chess: Sluggish’ Carlsen loses Olympia tie-break as speed wobbles return  12h02 06 décembre
Leonard Barden
The Norwegian has won a record eight tournaments in 2019 but Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a chaotic London gameMagnus Carlsen in 2019 has been the most active and arguably successful world champion ever, yet inconsistency at speed has recently haunted him.The Norwegian, who turned 29 last Saturday,...
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Ravens: Spassky vs Fischer review - game of chess is a cold war thriller  10h27 06 décembre
Michael Billington
Hampstead theatre, LondonBoris Spassky and Bobby Fischer’s 1972 match is a proxy war in this intriguing but overcomplicated chess dramaThere has already been a musical, Chess, inspired by the contest between a Soviet master and an American challenger. Now comes a play by Tom Morton-Smith that...
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I might never have become a chess grandmaster if I’d stuck to women-only tournaments Judit Polgár  07h00 30 novembre
Judit Polgár
Female chess players, like me, thrive when they play against the world’s best men Judit Polgár is a Hungarian chess grandmaster and was the highest-ranking female player until her retirement in 2014I am used to being cited as living proof that women can play chess at the same elite level as men....
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Magnus Carlsen prepares for London chess finals: I’m the man to beat’  12h00 29 novembre
Leonard Barden
World champion sets record Tour total and regains No 1 in rapid but loses twice in blitz in Kolkata to China’s Ding LirenMagnus Carlsen was back to his dominant best this week as Norway’s world champion, who turns 29 on Saturday, set a record total for Grand Tour rapid and blitz in Kolkata, despite...
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Chess: Magnus Carlsen won’t count’ Norway league games in record streak  12h44 22 novembre
Leonard Barden
World champion calls them Tivi-esque’ in dig at Sergei Tiviakov, rival claimant to the longest run in classical without defeatMagnus Carlsen is aiming for a record 111-game unbeaten streak but the world champion has just made it harder for himself by announcing that he will exclude his Norwegian...