Iran launches bizarre defence of its Israeli sports boycott ahead of key FIDE vote
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Iran launches bizarre defence of its Israeli sports boycott ahead of key FIDE vote

Chess chiefs in Iran have denied all knowledge of the Islamic republic’s boycott of Israel ahead of a key vote that could see its players banned from international competition.

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  • Reports Oct 12, 2020 | 11:16 AM 11

    Norway Chess 6: Firouzja leads as Carlsen hits back

    17-year-old Alireza Firouzja has powered into the Altibox Norway Chess lead with four rounds to go after defeating Aryan Tari for a second day in a row. In second place is Magnus Carlsen, who got instant revenge for losing his str...

  • General Oct 11, 2020 | 4:06 PM 42

    Banned chess cheater makes comeback under alias

    Banned Latvian former grandmaster Igors Rausis made a comeback to chess on Saturday as he appeared in a tournament in Latvia. The 59-year-old was playing under an alias and the current situation with mask wearing made it easier to k...

  • Reports Oct 10, 2020 | 9:22 PM 11

    Norway Chess 5: Duda ends Carlsen’s 125-game unbeaten streak

    Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda beat Magnus Carlsen in Round 5 of Norway Chess, becoming the first player to defeat the World Chess Champion in a classical game since Shakhriyar Mamedyarov shocked Magnus in Biel 2 years, 2 months and...

  • Reports Oct 10, 2020 | 12:07 PM 3

    Aronian wins cake competition as Carlsen apologises for blindfold simul performance

    We have become used to rest days during Altibox Norway Chess being something completely different. This year the six stars were invited to design their own chocolate cake. In addition, Magnus Carlsen played a 5-board blindfold simul...

  • Reports Oct 8, 2020 | 9:17 PM 23

    Norway Chess 4: Magnus the merciless beats Fabi

    Magnus Carlsen took the lead after four rounds of Altibox Norway Chess by beating Fabiano Caruana after the two players had drawn their previous 19 encounters. “Yeah, it’s a very good day!” said Magnus, who felt he had the best p...

  • Reports Oct 8, 2020 | 11:58 AM 2

    Norway Chess 3: Firouzja hits back to beat Caruana

    Alireza Firouzja bounced back from losing to Magnus Carlsen to beat world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana in another Armageddon, admitting that by the end he was “only looking at the clock”. Magnus meanwhile won his first game of classical...

  • Reports Oct 7, 2020 | 11:19 AM 6

    Norway Chess 2: Clock denies Firouzja vs. Carlsen

    Alireza Firouzja slammed a rook down in disgust as he lost on time to Magnus Carlsen in an Armageddon game where he’d looked to be cruising to victory. That left Alireza tied for 2nd place with birthday boy Levon Aronian, who mad...

  • Reports Oct 5, 2020 | 8:09 PM 13

    Norway Chess 1: Caruana & Firouzja take early lead

    Fabiano Caruana and Alireza Firouzja are the frontrunners in Altibox Norway Chess after winning their classical games with the black pieces in Round 1. Fabiano bamboozled Aryan Tari with a bold pawn sacrifice in the opening, whil...

  • General Oct 5, 2020 | 10:26 AM 34

    Wang Hao brands FIDE president 'rude' and threatens to pull out of Candidates

    FIDE's flagship event, the Candidates, is facing a fresh crisis as Chinese star Wang Hao is considering withdrawing from the tournament scheduled to resume with the remaining 7 rounds held from November 1 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. T...

  • General Oct 5, 2020 | 7:30 AM 1

    Aronian-Carlsen as Altibox Norway Chess begins

    Magnus Carlsen will play his first official game of classical chess in 7 months as he takes on Levon Aronian in today’s Round 1 of Altibox Norway Chess. The first undisputed supertournament to be held over-the-board since March a...


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