It was all about jetlag for Magnus Carlsen at the world rapid chess championship in Doha this week. The Norwegian won the 2014 and 2015 versions of the title, which was decided by 15 rounds of 15-minute games with 10 seconds per move increment, but for 2016 he had to settle for the bronze medal on tie-break behind Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Alex Grischuk of Russia. Carlsen flew in from Australia, where he had been on holiday since retaining his classical crown against Sergey Karjakin in New York last month. At Doha there were five rounds a day and all three of his defeats, plus a lucky escape featured in this week’s puzzle, came early in the session. In the first two rounds of each day combined he scored 2.5/6, in the last three daily rounds 8.5/9. “I didn’t feel I was ready for the first game. I just didn’t feel fit for …

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