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Chess pro chooses luxury hotel for title fight

Norwegian chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen has chosen a luxury hotel in the centre of the Indian city of Chennai for this month's 19 day chess match against the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand.

Chess pro chooses luxury hotel for title fight
A view of the Fisherman's Cove retreat where Carlsen will stay - Taj Hotels
Carlsen will eat, sleep and play all his matches at the The Hyatt Regency from the day the matches start on November 9. 
 
The 22-year-old, who is now training at a secret location, is also spend time at the Fisherman's Cove luxury spa in the resort town of Kovalam, near the temple resort of Mahalibalipurum. 
 
Carlsen became the second youngest grandmaster in 2004, when he was just 13 years old. 
 
Below are some images of the Fisherman's Cove retreat, courtesy of Trip Advisor. 
 

Photos of Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, Covelong
This photo of Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman's Cove, Chennai is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Photos of Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, Covelong
This photo of Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman's Cove, Chennai is courtesy of TripAdvisor Photos of Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, Covelong
This photo of Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman's Cove, Chennai is courtesy of TripAdvisor Photos of Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove, Chennai, Covelong
This photo of Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman's Cove, Chennai is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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Norway chess champ defeated for first time in two years

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has suffered his first defeat in more than two years and a record 125 games, while playing a tournament in his native Norway.

Norway chess champ defeated for first time in two years
Magnus Carlsen at the Energy Denmark Champions in Copenhagen in May 2019. Photo: Claus Bech / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
The world number one resigned after when he was a bishop down in the endgame against Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who is ranked a relatively humble number 15 in the world.
   
But on Saturday evening, 22-year-old Duda managed to do what no one — including the world's top 10 players — had managed to do since July 2018.   
 
It was Duda's only win of the tournament in Stavanger so far and, as he told Chess 24 afterwards, “I didn't expect to win this game.”
   
But he was, he said “extremely happy, obviously”.
   
Carlsen, who is often tough on himself in post-game analysis, offered no excuses. “Extremely disappointing”, he said: “Completely unforgivable”.
   
Carlsen's undefeated run stretches all the way back to July 31, 2018, when Azerbaijani grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated him. During that time, Carlsen scored 44 wins and 81 draws against his opponents.
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