Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak
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Tata Steel 2019, 5: Magnus breaks the streak

Magnus Carlsen beat Jorden van Foreest with the black pieces in Round 5 of the 2019 Tata Steel Masters to finally end a sequence of 21 draws in a row. That puts him half a point behind leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and now Ding Liren, who punished the slightest of mistakes by Sam Shankland to overtake Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as the world no. 3. Peter Svidler and Jan Gustafsson provide expert analysis of those encounters. The other games were drawn, though Teimour Radjabov and Vidit came close to extracting blood from Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Vladimir Fedoseev.

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  • Reports Nov 27, 2018 | 10:09 AM 55

    Carlsen-Caruana 12: Magnus stakes all on tiebreaks

    Magnus Carlsen came into the final classical game of the 2018 World Chess Championship determined to force tiebreaks against Fabiano Caruana on Wednesday, and he got what he wanted, but at what cost? His draw offer on move 31, in...

  • Reports Nov 26, 2018 | 10:09 AM 9

    Ju Wenjun retains her World Championship title

    China’s Ju Wenjun has won the Women’s World Championship title for the second time in six months after defeating Kateryna Lagno in tiebreaks in the final match in Khanty-Mansiysk. After first gaining the title by beating Tan Zhon...

  • Reports Nov 25, 2018 | 2:33 PM 5

    Carlsen-Caruana 11: Cold, hard facts

    “He’s been very well-prepared and I haven’t gotten much with White – those are the cold, hard facts,” reflected Magnus Carlsen after a draw in which he failed to make any impact on Fabiano Caruana. Magnus allowed the Nd7-f6 Petro...

  • Reports Nov 23, 2018 | 12:38 PM 37

    Carlsen-Caruana 10: Too much at stake

    Magnus Carlsen said it was a case of “too complicated and too much at stake” after a fantastic double-edged struggle in Game 10 of the World Chess Championship match in London also ended in a draw. Fabiano Caruana sprung an early...

  • Reports Nov 22, 2018 | 9:22 AM 16

    Carlsen-Caruana 9: Injured pride

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen went into Game 9 of his title match against Fabiano Caruana with a black eye, but by the time it had ended in a draw on move 56 it was only his pride that was wounded. He responded with one-wor...

  • Reports Nov 20, 2018 | 11:21 AM 16

    Carlsen-Caruana 8: Fabi lets another chance slip

    Fabiano Caruana missed his best chance yet to take the lead in the match as he got the better of Magnus Carlsen in the opening to Game 8 but then hesitated and played too modestly at the critical moment. The World Champion’s posi...

  • Reports Nov 19, 2018 | 8:38 AM 6

    Carlsen-Caruana 7: Magnus “way too soft”

    Just as in New York two years ago, Magnus Carlsen has now drawn the first 7 games of his title defence, with Fabiano Caruana looking more comfortable by the day. In Game 7 we got the same Queen’s Gambit Declined as in Game 2, unt...

  • Reports Nov 18, 2018 | 10:39 AM 9

    Lagno to battle Ju Wenjun for women’s title

    There are few things harder in chess than defending a World Championship title in a big knockout, but current Chinese Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun has now earned herself a 4-game match to retain her title after beating Alexan...

  • Reports Nov 17, 2018 | 9:30 AM 11

    Carlsen-Caruana 6: Fabi close in 80-move thriller

    Fabiano Caruana outplayed Magnus Carlsen from a seemingly dead position in Game 6 to come within a whisker of scoring the first full point of the match. Computers, and some chess fans, were screaming mate-in-36 for the US challen...

  • Reports Nov 16, 2018 | 9:39 AM 10

    Carlsen-Caruana 5: Magnus can't match his idol

    The first five games of the 2018 World Chess Championship match in London have now been drawn, after Magnus Carlsen turned out to be well-prepared for some Fabiano Caruana aggression in the opening. Magnus slow-played that stage ...


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