Carlsen Stays as World Chess Champion with Emphatic Victory

Carlsen Stays as World Chess Champion with Emphatic Victory over Karjakin in Rapids

 December 1, 2016   R K Gupta

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Magnus Carlsen couldn’t have got a better birthday gift than the affirmation of his World Chess Champion’s status for the third time. The Norwegian also proved his superiority in rapid chess. It was all over in four games of rapids after Carlsen led 2-1 after three. In the fourth, Karjakin needed to win with Black […]

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2016 World Chess Championship: After the Drawn 12th Game It All Hinges on Tiebreakers

 November 30, 2016   R K Gupta

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12th and last classical game in the ongoing World Chess Championship turned out to be about the most boring for spectators. After 11 hard-fought games, the onlookers expected that the 12th would be played for the kill. That didn’t happen because of the identical strategic viewpoints of the champion and the challenger. They felt there […]

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Game-11 in Carlsen-Karjakin World Chess Championship Battle Ends as Tight Draw

 November 28, 2016   R K Gupta

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There was nothing spectacular about Game-11. Since the championship battle was theoretically reduced to two games after Carlsen’s win in Game-10, neither player wanted any adventure and they settled for a 34-move draw. Now they are level at 5½- 5½. On Saturday, Sergey Karjakin had the White pieces and he began with the Ruy Lopez […]

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Carlsen Bounces Back with Victory

Carlsen Bounces Back with Victory in Round-10 of World Chess Championship at New York

 November 25, 2016   R K Gupta

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You may talk about UEFA Champions League football or several Test Cricket series going on India, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe or Lewis Hamilton’s F1 championship chances in next Sunday’s last race of the season at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit or intrigues in any other global sports. But everything pales in comparison to the […]

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World Chess Championship: Carlsen Escapes Round-9 Defeat after a Scary Middle-Game

 November 25, 2016   R K Gupta

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In Round-9 of World Chess Championship in New York on Wednesday, current champion Magnus Carlsen and his Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin played for more than 5½ hours and settled for an extremely tense draw. Now just three more games are left and Karjakin leads Magnus Carlsen 5-4. But Carlsen survived a dangerous middle-game and narrowly […]

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Carlsen Pushed to Corner after Losing 8th Game in World Chess Championship

 November 23, 2016   R K Gupta

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Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin had something up his sleeves. He refused to lose to Norway’s Magnus Carlsen in the first seven games in the ongoing 12-game title clash at New York City. But on Monday night, he drove the reigning World Chess Champion in a tight spot by winning the eighth game. It wasn’t that […]

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Carlsen Beats Karjakin in the First of Their Two Matches at Bilbao Chess Masters

 July 17, 2016   R K Gupta

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After losing in the first round, world champion Magnus Carlsen has won the next three matches in a row. His third-round match against the World Championship challenger Russia’s Sergey Karjakin was a big game for the organizers, chess fans and the players themselves but the Norwegian triumphed with a devastatingly ruthless kingside attack. Next day, […]

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Bilbao Masters Offers Testing Ground for Carlsen & Karjakin before World Championships

 July 14, 2016   R K Gupta

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The 2016 Bilbao Chess Masters Tournament has just gotten underway. Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his new challenger Sergey Karjakin are among the six participants in the tournament being played on a double Round-Robin basis. That means Carlsen and Karjakin will play at least two games against each other before they meet again for […]

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Karjakin Emerges as the Brand New World Championship Challenger for Magnus Carlsen

 March 30, 2016   R K Gupta

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Even before he played the 14th round with Russia’s Peter Svidler, Anand knew the stakes. His 2016 Candidates campaign had ended and it was either the Russian Karjakin or USA’s Fabiano Caruana, who would earn the right to challenge the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen in November, somewhere in New York City. But Anand was […]

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Helped By Svidler’s Blunders Karjakin Wins with Blacks to Extend 2015 Baku World Cup

 October 4, 2015   R K Gupta

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The 2015 World Chess Cup is not over yet. Despite Peter Svidler playing with White pieces and requiring just a draw, the dramatic third game has made Sergey Karjakin live another day. It was widely expected that the third game on Saturday would be the last at Baku’s Fairmont Hotel but Karjakin struck back to […]

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