Norwegian and Russian tied in battle for world chess crown

After seven games that ended in draws, suspense is mounting at the World Chess Championship, where Norway's reigning world champ Magnus Carlsen and Russian grandmaster Sergei Karyakin are tied in an epic battle.

Norwegian and Russian tied in battle for world chess crown
Norway's Magnus Carlsen plots his next move against Russian Sergei Karyakin. Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB Scanpix
Experts say Carlsen, who is favored to win, was put in difficult positions during the two matches held Friday and Sunday, but Karyakin was unable to capitalize and convert his advantage into a checkmate.
“The last two games have not been so interesting,” Carlsen said on Sunday, but, he added: “anything can still happen.”
The tournament is being followed in-person by hundreds of fans, many of whom have traveled to New York specially for the matches.
With every draw, the players earn 0.5 points, meaning after seven draws Carlsen and Karyakin each have 3.5 points. A victory is worth 1.0 point.
The first to reach 6.5 points will be declared world champion and will take home €600,000 ($636,000). The loser will walk away with a consolation prize of €400,000.
If there is still a tie after the 12th game on November 30th, new matches will be scheduled.
The tournament is remarkable for the youth of the two players: Carlsen is 25 and Karyakin is 26.
It is also the first between players who came of age in the computer era, representing a generational shift in the game.
The battle has prompted comparisons with the 1972 showdown between American Bobby Fischer and the Soviet Union's Boris Spassky, two rivals in the Cold War-era whose showdown was dubbed the “Match of the Century.”

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Spanish chessboard maker sees surge in demand thanks to The Queen’s Gambit

Barcelona-based Rechapados Ferrer has been inundated with orders since supplying products to the Netflix series.

Spanish chessboard maker sees surge in demand thanks to The Queen's Gambit
Rechapados Ferrer is the latest firm to find itself impacted by a renewed interest in Chess. Photo: AFP

The company, founded in the 1950s, usually produces only about 20,000 chessboards a year from its factory in La Garriga, near Barcelona.

But since supplying its products to the successful Netflix series The Queen's Gambit, it has received a wave of orders in the past months.

The mini series, an adaptation of a novel by Walter Tevis, has fuelled interest in the game of chess. Since it debuted last autumn, Rechapados Ferrer has received orders for 40,000 boards.

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“When the Netflix series came out, it all just went crazy and drove sales of chessboards through the roof,” David Ferrer, who runs the family business, told The Guardian.

It's not the only company to have seen a surge in demand. Ebay also noted a 215% rise in sales of chess boards and accessories since October.

In February last year, the Spanish crisp-maker Bonilla saw a huge increase in online sales after its distinctive tins were featured in Oscar-winning film 'Parasite'.