Carlsen loses but wins fjord view

Norwegian chess king Magnus Carlsen didn’t do so well in his own Chess 24 platform’s Banter Blitz Cup this week, losing to a young rising star from Iran. Carlsen has, however, won title to a luxurious condominium in Oslo with a fine view down the Oslo Fjord. Carlsen, whose sport has moved online during the […]

Carlsen nails triple chess championship

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen secured the chess world’s triple crown again on Monday, when he won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow. He’d also won the World Rapid Chess Championship over the weekend, and could finally grin from ear to ear. They were the perfect late Christmas gifts to the 29-year-old Norwegian who’s grown accustomed to […]

Carlsen checks out of Norway’s chess federation

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships. “As indicated already last summer, Magnus is withdrawing from Norges Sjakkforbund, gladly as soon as possible,” his father, Henrik Carlsen, wrote in a letter to the […]

Chess master ‘out of shape’

UPDATED: Magnus Carlsen’s home-turf advantage may have worked to his disadvantage, speculated chess experts after Norway’s home-grown champion was crushed by US challenger Wesley So during the weekend. Many were looking for answers as to why Carlsen lost to So in Saturday’s final. “He was a master completely out of shape,” declared state broadcaster NRK’s […]

Carlsen loses on chess financing

Chess experts think Norwegian champ Magnus Carlsen may have damaged his reputation by allegedly trying to influence voting on a major financing issue for Norway’s national chess federation. It failed Sunday night, blocking the effort that could have ended the state lottery’s monoply on betting in the country. Norwegian authorities have allowed the state-sanctioned Norsk Tipping to […]

Critics lash out at Magnus Carlsen

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen has been playing brilliantly lately, but now even many of his longtime supporters in Norway are wondering whether his success and position in the chess world may be going to his head. Critics are accusing him of both paying for influence over the national chess federation and sabotaging plans for […]

Carlsen shakes up chess federation

Norway’s chess champion Magnus Carlsen topped the national news on Tuesday after he launched and funded a new chess club that sparked instant controversy. It’s entirely aimed at all but forcing the national chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund, NSF) to promote changes that would liberalize both gambling in Norway and sports sponsorship rules. “This is a […]

Carlsen redeems himself in blitz

Magnus Carlsen was smiling again after winning the World Blitz Chess Championship and becoming historic once again: Carlsen is the first to ever win without a single loss in the high-speed chess tournament, and he became the first man ever to win four World Championship titles in the game’s fastest discipline. “I’m very glad I […]

Carlsen loses after calling for change

Magnus Carlsen claimed he couldn’t allow himself to be disappointed after finishing only fifth in the World Rapid Chess Championship in St Petersburg on Friday. The four-time World Chess Champion still wants to influence change in the format of the chess championships, though, hinting that otherwise he may not take part at the next round […]

Carlsen captured big TV audience

More than half-a-million Norwegians were glued to their televisions this week when their home-grown chess sensation Magnus Carlsen battled to retain his title as World Chess Champion. The viewer numbers set a new record for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The state broadcaster registered around 557,000 viewers when Carlsen went into overtime action against challenger Fabiano Caruana, while […]