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‘It is not biology’: Women’s chess hindered by low numbers and sexism

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Towards the end of the Queen’s Gambit, the Netflix show that helped supercharge the new chess boom, Beth Harmon crushes a series of top male grandmasters before beating Vasily Borgov, the Russian world champion. Ficti...

World chess organisers forced into late U-turn over Russian player’s flag

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Chess’s governing body was forced into a dramatic late scramble before the first game of the world championships on Friday after being told the Russian challenger’s flag breached World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Since ...

Chess: Carlsen plans fast start in Dubai while Firouzja captures his records

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Magnus Carlsen says that he plans a fast start in the opening three rounds of his 14-game, $2m world title match against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Play starts at 12.30pm GMT throughou...

Chess: Alireza Firouzja leads in Riga as he campaigns for Carlsen’s crown

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Alireza Firouzja, the 18-year-old pretender to Magnus Carlsen’s world crown, is closing in on the most important victory of his short career this weekend as the former Iranian, who now represents France, leads the 108...

Chess: David Howell draws 142-move marathon in Riga using rare rule

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David Howell is the only Englishman in the 108-player Covid-hit Grand Swiss at Riga, and the three-times British champion, 30, has made a promising 1.5/2 start in the world qualifier. It looked unlikely when he blunde...

Chess: Fabiano Caruana trails at US championship and loses world No 2 spot

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After seven of the 11 rounds at the $194,000 (£141,522) US championship in St Louis, which finishes on Monday, Aleksandr Lenderman, Samuel Sevian and the defending champion Wesley So shared the lead on 4.5/7. This clo...

Fide sparks anger with ‘gross’ breast enlargement sponsor for women’s chess

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For a sport that has struggled to attract female players, the news that chess has just agreed the biggest ever sponsorship deal for the women’s game would usually be universally welcomed. But the decision of chess’s g...

Chess: Carlsen wins in Norway and grinds in 91 moves before $2m match

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As November’s 14-game, $2m 2021 world championship match in Dubai approaches, Norway’s title holder, Magnus Carlsen, is continuing his busy tournament and media schedule, while his Russian challenger, Ian Nepomniachtc...

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