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  • Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

    Anand earns rematch against Carlsen for chess title

  • Anand-Nakamura after 15. d4.

    SANDS: Carlsen, Aronian set the pace at Zurich Chess Challenge

    The world's very best are squaring off at the Zurich Chess Challenge now underway in the Swiss city, with world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway showing no signs of coasting after capturing the crown in November. Carlsen and world No. 2 Levon Aronian of Armenia dominated the classical portion of the six-grandmaster event, which will feature a separate rapid round-robin event this week.

  • SANDS: Anand returns, Nakamura shines in London rapid chess battle

    Viswanathan Anand made a comeback and Hikaru Nakamura made a statement in the premier event at the 5th London Chess Classic that ended Sunday, a rapid tournament pitting 16 of the world's best players in a star-studded knockout tournament.

  • Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

    Norway's Magnus Carlsen wins world chess title

    Norway's Magnus Carlsen is the new world chess champion, dethroning Indian titleholder Viswanathan Anand with a draw in the 10th game of their scheduled 12-game match in Chennai, India, Friday.

  • Reigning world chess champion India's Viswanathan Anand, right, takes a drink during the Chess World Championship match against Norway's Magnus Carlsen in Chennai, India, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K )

    Game 8 a draw: Magnus Carlsen moves closer to world chess title

    World champion Viswanathan Anand of India and challenger Magnus Carlsen of Norway played to a quiet 33-move draw in their match now underway in Chennai, India, bringing Mr. Carlsen closer to the world title as the match enters its final stages.

  • Carlsen-Anand, Game 5, after 45...Bh7.

    SANDS: Carlsen close to chess title as Anand cracks under endgame pressure

    The outcome of the world championship match now just past the halfway point in Chennai, India, may have been sealed in Saturday's Game 6 in what rates as a truly multicultural moment: a Norwegian defeating an Indian in a Spanish Game through the use of the Chinese water torture.

  • Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

    Carlsen grinds out win for two-game lead in world chess championship

  • Defending champion India's Viswanathan Anand, left, listens to Norway's Magnus Carlsen during a press conference on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. The first game between the two ended in a draw. (AP Photo)

    Challenger Carlsen breaks through with first win in chess title match

    Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen has drawn first blood in the world chess championship match now underway in Chennai, India, defeating world champion Viswanathan Anand of India Friday in the fifth game of their scheduled 12-round match. The previous four games had all ended in draws.

  • SANDS: Magnus Carlsen is a chess champ with a taste for slow torture

    Norway’s Magnus Carlsen presents something of a problem for a humble chess columnist. His best wins tend to be slow, sadistic positional squeezes, anacondalike asphyxiations in which Carlsen will happily nurse the tiniest of endgame advantages — or sometimes no advantage at all — before forcing his exhausted opponent to concede on Move 79. It gets the job done, but doesn’t leave much for the annotator to remark on or for the reader to enjoy.

  • World Chess champion Viswanathan Anand from India, left, and his Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand play a FIDE World Chess Championship tie break match at Moscow's Tretyakovsky State Gallery in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Indian Anand retains world chess title

    Indian world chess champion Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his crown Wednesday, winning a four-game playoff in Moscow over challenger Boris Gelfand, who was seeking to become the first Israeli grandmaster ever to hold the title.

  • Kamsky-Nakamura after 41. Kxh5.

    SANDS: Nakamura, Krush reclaim U.S. chess titles

    Two ex-champions are back atop the heap in American chess and we finally got a little action in the world title match as well, in what proved to be an exceptionally eventful week for the game.

  • Svidler-Morozevich after 18...Kxc6.

    SANDS: Catching a chess champion when he's distracted

    Champions may be most vulnerable right before they defend their titles. Deep into the preparation for his 12-game match against challenger GM Boris Gelfand of Israel starting May 11 in Moscow, titleholder Viswanathan Anand of India took a little timeout this month to hold down first board for the Baden-Baden team in final rounds of the powerful German chess Bundesliga.

  • Nakamura-Howell after 29...Ne6.

    SANDS: Top chess players on tap as Eastern starts Dec. 27

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, time for that special event that lifts us out of the winter doldrums. Yes, the 38th annual Eastern Open kicks off Dec. 27, a four-section, seven-round Swiss event that regularly attracts one of the largest and strongest fields for a regional event.

  • Nyzhnyk-Kazhgaleyev after 32...Kh8.

    SANDS: The good, the bad and the ugly at Wijk

    It's been the best of chess and the worst of chess at the Tata Steel Tournament, the traditional elite event held each January at the Dutch seaside town of Wijk aan Zee.

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