The players had had a day to recover from their exertions in game 8, and to earth themselves again from two dramatically different perspectives.

Head first

Challenger Sergey Karjakin has seized a 4.5-3.5 lead in his title match with Magnus Carlsen, preventing a record-tying world championship sequence of eight initial draws by winning with black in a heart-stoppingly dramatic game that was far more excitement and emotion than precision. The champ now has only four games left to solve the invincibility enigma posed so far by his Russian adversary.

Surprise, surprise

Norwegian Grandmaster Jonathan Tisdall on game 7 of the World Championship Match in New York.

Half time

As someone who reported the first 42 – or was it 44? – games of the first Karpov-Kasparov match, from the USSR, an experience that…

Turning tables

National fever After two marathon battles a rest day was even welcome for the huge Norwegian viewing public, who had been staying up glued to…

Déjà vu

Predictions The social media sphere began buzzing early as world championship fans prepared for game four. The previous encounter ended with honors divided after a ferocious and dramatic…

How interesting

Game two of the Carlsen-Karjakin clash ended in a solid splitting of the point after minimal excitement. There is something about Magnus’ body language in…

Game time!

Game time is finally about to arrive!

New York Countdown

The event of the year draws ever closer – on 11/11 the world title match between Magnus Carlsen and challenger Sergey Karjakin kicks off. Unsurprisingly, news tidbits are now coming thick and fast as various factions start to ratchet up the excitement. Here is an overview of the latest developments.