Chess: Magnus Carlsen chasing another prize despite bizarre four-move loss

World No 1 resigned four moves into game two of his Chessable Masters semi-final after Ding Liren was forfeited in a drawn position due to a disconnection in game oneMagnus Carlsen in another major final hardly rates a headline at the moment, such is the world champion’s dominance over his rivals. The 29-year-old Norwegian was at the height of his skills as he defeated America’s world No 2 and China’s world No 3 at the $150,000 Chessable Masters this week and so put himself in pole position for his fourth tournament victory in three months, with only one failure in the entire period.On Friday evening Carlsen won the first set of the final 3.5-2.5 against Anish Giri of the Netherlands, who must now win Saturday’s second set (3pm start) to force a decider on Sunday. Related: Chess: Carlsen routs Caruana and tops fantasy football league in winning week Related: Magnus Carlsen joins esports rich list as Fabiano Caruana rivalry goes online Continue reading…

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