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Magnus Carlsen ground his way to a narrow 5.5-4.5 lead over the challenger, Vishy Anand, with two games to go in their world title rematch at Sochi but the Norwegian, 23, has made heavy weather of a series for which he was a pre-match 1-4 favourite.
Thursday’s game nine, Carlsen’s penultimate white, was another Berlin Wall with an early queen swap. Had Team Carlsen found something new in this well-trodden territory? No, despite some long thinks he just repeated a 2012 postal game which led to a rapid draw by repeated moves. Game 10 was also a steady draw in a 32-move Grunfeld Defence.Continue reading...
“There’s not much to say about our relationship at the moment” – 25 May 2014, after the Monaco Grand Prix.Continue reading...
• Roger Federer loses in straights sets to Gaël Monfils
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For those too cold of eye and heart to accept that emotion is a significant part of winning in sport, the first afternoon of the 2014 Davis Cup final gave the lie.
To mangle the old joke, imagine you went to a football stadium and a tennis match broke out – with all of the noise but none of the trouble (as when Everton visited Lille last month). That is what happened here on Friday, when France and Switzerland finished on level terms, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Gaël Monfils of France winning matches that bubbled with enough drama to fill a host of football stadiums.Continue reading...
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The immense grandstand is the same and so too the view across to Swinley Bottom, but in many others respects, Ascot in the jumping season could be an entirely different course to the one that packs in more than a quarter of a million spectators for the Royal meeting in June.
It takes dedication to get to Berkshire on a murky Friday in late November, and the crowd of around 7,500 for this card is invariably one of the smallest of the year at the Queen’s racecourse, but that dedication is often rewarded by an early sighting of a future star, and this year’s meeting could prove to be another case in point.Continue reading...