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Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

Love the player, hate the game: even Magnus Carlsen can’t make chess sexy

The world media is waking up to Magnus Carlsen, the chess prodigy and model who has just won the World Championship. But Australian chess grandmaster Ian Rogers says they still can't figure out what to write about the sport itself.

Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

Indian hero v Nordic model: chess’ new world (Oz is just a pawn)

All chess-interested eyes are on Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as he fights to become world champion. Australian grandmaster Ian Rogers says but for a twist of fate, it could have been been an Australian challenger.

World Championship Chess: the Tiger from Madras triumphs again

World Championship Chess: the Tiger from Madras triumphs again

Viswanathan Anand will enter the Kremlin this morning to be congratulated by Vladimir Putin after his successful world title defence,

World Championship Chess: speed check in decider

World Championship Chess: speed check in decider

Now that world champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand are at a 6-6 standstill, their fates will be decided in a single day, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: a state of insecurity in final

World Championship Chess: a state of insecurity in final

Anand and Gelfand remain unquestioningly confident of their opponent's integrity, with good reason, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: the gulag fianchetto

World Championship Chess: the gulag fianchetto

According to historian Edvard Radzinsky, the era of political chess in Russia ended in 1985 with Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: it’s just not cricket

World Championship Chess: it’s just not cricket

About half a million viewers a day are tuning in to watch the World Chess Championship at Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery on the official website, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: the Tiger of Madras strikes back

World Championship Chess: the Tiger of Madras strikes back

Provoking a tiger, even an ageing one, is known to be unwise but Boris Gelfand failed to pay due respect to the Tiger of Madras and had his head bitten off, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: Gelfand walks the walk

World Championship Chess: Gelfand walks the walk

Although he has always been a front runner, Viswanathan Anand trails 3-4 with only five games remaining, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.

World Championship Chess: Gelfand’s wall impregnable

World Championship Chess: Gelfand’s wall impregnable

After five games of the 2012 world title match in Moscow between Anand and Gelfand, it seems that the challenger is trying to implement a defensive wall strategy, writes Australia’s first Grandmaster Ian Rogers from Moscow.