Magnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess championship next year in London, which was officially named as the host city for the biennial tournament on Wednesday. The World Chess Federation (Fide) made the announcement at a launch event at Kensington Roof Gardens hosted by Carlsen and former UK chancellor George Osborne. The Norwegian chess champion, who turns 27 on Thursday, will defend his title in the best-of-12-games match from 9-28 November against a challenger to be decided in March at the eight-man Candidates Tournament in Berlin. They will compete for a combined prize fund of €1m ($1.19m), organizers said. “I’m very much looking forward to it,” Carlsen said at Wednesday’s launch event. “I’m looking forward to finding out who my opponent will be and to hopefully be able to bring much joy to …

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