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    Mastercard enters chess – 21 Sep 2021

    Magnus Carlsen becomes ambassador for the global brand Mastercard, which announced a partnership with the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Cardholders are invited to a virtual event with the world champion on 22 October. For holders of expensive cards chess offerings are planned within the Priceless scheme.

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    Chess ambassadors for the environment – 20 Sep 2021

    Probably for the first time, an international chess organisation campaigns with a pro-environment message. The ECU partners with the WWF and Judit Polgár to launch the Chess Ambassadors for the Environment at the Global Chess Festival on 9 October.

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    Carlsen found his form – 19 Sep 2021

    Magnus Carlsen won four games in a row in the second half of Norway Chess and came first. The world champion condeded a draw only when playing with Black against his challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi, who lost against Aryan Tari and scored only 50 % in the classical games. Carlsen is expected in Struga to play some European Club Cup games for the club Offerspill he founded in 2019.

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    Gaprindashvili sues Netflix – 17 Sep 2021

    Former women’s world champion Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for $5 million in damages because a commentator in the final episode of The Queen’s Gambit said “there’s Nona Gaprindashvili, but she’s the female world champion and has never faced men”, which according to her lawyer Rodney Smolla is false and sexist.

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    Tour final with three players in Oslo – 17 Sep 2021

    The Final of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour on 25 September to 4 October cannot be held as hoped over-the-board in San Francisco. Still, three of the ten qualified players, world champion Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Anish Giri, will not compete from their home but from the main production studio in Oslo, giving the $300,000-event a hybrid element. Out of the first ten in the standings, Ian Nepomniachtchi bowed out to concentrate on his preparation for the world championship. His place went to the 12th in the standings, Shakriyar Mamedyarov.

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