Pepe Cuenca sets up Magnus Carlsen showdown
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Pepe Cuenca sets up Magnus Carlsen showdown

Pepe Cuenca will play Magnus Carlsen in Round 2 of the $50,000 Banter Blitz Cup after the Spanish Grandmaster scored an incredible 9:0 victory over higher-rated Levan Pantsulaia. We’re now 48 matches down, 16 to go in Round 1, with some of the highlights including powerful displays by prodigies Alireza Firouzja and Praggnanandhaa. It’s not just about the chess. For instance, David Navara not only won his match but sang a chess-themed version of Yesterday by the Beatles!




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  • Reports Nov 10, 2019 | 9:08 AM 1

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  • Reports Nov 9, 2019 | 1:14 AM 4

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  • Reports Nov 8, 2019 | 12:18 PM 0

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  • Reports Nov 8, 2019 | 12:22 AM 6

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  • Reports Nov 7, 2019 | 11:00 AM 6

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  • Reports Nov 7, 2019 | 2:19 AM 5

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  • General Nov 6, 2019 | 10:49 AM 1

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  • Reports Nov 6, 2019 | 8:42 AM 0

    Hamburg GP, 1.1: MVL, Svidler, Topalov & Duda win

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