Magnus Carlsen’s chess career is in crisis and this week Norway’s 26-year-old world chess champion has been on the brink of losing the No1 ranking he has held without a break for almost six years. Carlsen was in joint last place in the Altibox Norway elite event at Stavanger, with a pack of eager rivals within one game of usurping his No1 position, but he was saved, at least for the moment, when his old rival, Russia’s Sergey Karjakin, blundered a drawn position in Thursday’s penultimate round to give the beleaguered chess champion a windfall point. Carlsen then drew with India’s Vishy Anand in Friday’s ninth and final round to total 4/9 in next to last place with just a solitary win, six draws and two defeats. After seven of the nine rounds Carlsen had not won a game, giving a drab performance and losing twice to …

Source: GameKnot online chess news