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 […]

Carlsen: ‘I never felt I was in danger’

Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen pulled it off again. “I never felt I was in danger,” he told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) after winning his fourth World Championship title in a row over challenger Fabiano Caruana on Wednesday night. “It was alpha and omega that I won,” Carlsen said when it was all over and […]

Carlsen, Caruana to battle in overtime

Neither Norway’s Magnus Carlsen nor the US’ Fabiano Caruana managed to win any of the first 12 games in the World Chess Championships in London this month. After tying once again on Monday, the two will now head into overtime play on Wednesday. That will involve four games of rapid chess. If it’s still a […]

Doctor downplays Carlsen’s blackeye

Magnus Carlsen was sporting a blackeye as he geared up for another round of competition at the World Chess Championships in London on Wednesday. He joked himself on social media that “the match is heating up,” while his doctor didn’t think his injury sustained on the players’ day off would cause any problems when more […]

Carlsen’s critics drum up ‘crisis’

Norway’s reigning chess champion was settling into another day of competion at the World Chess Championships in London on Monday, after having to all but bulldoze his way through thick criticism and questions. No one can understand why he hasn’t won a single game so far, after seven chances. “It has looked like he had […]