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Magnus Carlsen emulates Boris Spassky and reaps reward at Qatar Open

Magnus Carlsen’s bold decision to play in an open tournament, the first reigning world champion to do so since Boris Spassky in 1971, paid off handsomely this week at Qatar when the 25-year-old Norwegian won first prize unbeaten on 7/9 with one of his best performances. He tied with Yu Yangyi, then crushed his Chinese rival 2-0 in the speed tie-break.

Horse Racing

Channel 4 Racing suffers further decline in Boxing Day audience

Another alarming loss of audience has been recorded by Channel 4 Racing, whose broadcast of a thrilling King George VI Chase on Boxing Day reached an average of just 475,000 people. That compares with 651,000 for the previous year and means a third of the audience has been lost since 2012, when 746,000 tuned in.