Chess: Magnus Carlsen announces $1m online series as viewer numbers surge

Norway’s world champion will meet rivals in five tournaments from May to August, with the next event to begin on TuesdayMagnus Carlsen has announced a new $1m series of major online events in which he will compete, lasting all summer with a final in August. The Carlsen Tour effectively replaces the over-the-board Grand Tour organised from St Louis in the US, which was halted by coronavirus. The Carlsen series could even open up the possibility, if coronavirus continues for a long time, of moving the world championship match itself to an internet setting.The first Carlsen Tour event has already happened. The Carlsen Invitational, where the No 1 defeated the US champion, Hikaru Nakamura, in a tense final, was watched by an online audience calculated at 114,000. Related: Chess: Vishy Anand ambushes Russia’s world No 4 to win in five minutes Related: Iranian chess referee who fled to UK could face arrest if she returns Continue reading…

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