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 […]

Norway’s chess champ challenged

UPDATED: Magnus Carlsen was facing his toughest challenge yet as he headed into the World Chess Championship that started up in London on Friday. At the end of weekend action, the score was 1-1, while many think Norway’s reigning world champion has met his proverbial match in challenger Fabiano Caruana. “We’re all very nervous,” Simen […]

Carlsen ‘positive’ to the Saudis

Magnus Carlsen, fresh from claiming another world championship title in Saudi Arabia last weekend, is now gearing up for a new tournament in the Netherlands next weekend. He took some time, however, to respond to criticism against the Saudi event and himself for taking part in it. “There were a lot of positive aspects to […]

Norway criticizes Saudi checkmate

UPDATED: Norway’s chess federation is evaluating another attempt to wrest away the rights to hold the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships from Saudi Arabia. The federation’s challenge is not tied to Norwegian chess star Magnus Carlsen’s loss in the first round of this year’s competition in Riyadh or his later victory in blitz chess. Both […]

Norway’s new chess star is born

UPDATED: Congratulations were pouring in after 18-year-old Aryan Tari of Lier, southwest of Oslo, became the new FIDE World Junior Chess Champion over the weekend. Norway’s other World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, is calling Tari “amazing,” while Tari himself called his victory on Saturday “the greatest day of my life.” “The amazing Aryan Tari is […]