Chess: Carlsen takes on No 1 junior, No 1 woman and No 1 rival on same afternoon


Leonard Barden

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Starting at midday on Saturday, Magnus Carlsen will take on in succession: first, the 18-year-old widely tipped as a future world champion; second, the world No 1 woman; and third, the reigning US champion who has become Carlsen’s main rival for first place in the online Meltwater Champions Tour. All three games can be viewed online, free and live with grandmaster and computer commentaries on the playzone.

The event, the Goldmoney Asian Rapid, is the seventh of nine qualifiers before the Tour final in September-October. The prize pool is $100,000-$200,000 for each qualifier and $300,000 for the final. So far Carlsen and Wesley So have won two qualifiers each, Anish Giri and Teimour Radjabov one each.

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