F1 – mini chess club insights: “We’re pretty hooked”

F1 - Sainz és Leclerc (Ferrari )

As more and more people discover the game, chess has infiltrated the F1 paddock. Two Ferrari drivers in particular, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, have become chess fans (alongside golf and padel).

“Actually, I’ve always loved chess, even as a kid,” Leclerc told Motorsport.com of one of his new hobbies, explaining how Sainz became his number one playing partner. “I think this year it all started with boredom before the press days. We didn’t know what to do, and because he saw me playing chess on my phone he said OK, he’ll download it. We got pretty hooked on the game in the first half of the season, playing each other non-stop.”

Carlsen for the fourth time!

The world championship final was originally scheduled for the second half of 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. The 14-game match was scheduled to take place in Dubai from 24 November to 10 December 2021.

Magnus Carlsen once again defended his world title, this time for the fourth time, after winning the 7.5 points needed to claim the throne after just 11 games in the final.

The Norwegian star forced Nyepomnyascsij to give up the game in the 49th move. Carlsen won another victory to win the match 7.5-3.5 and defend his world title for the fourth time.

The world number one leads the world rankings with 2,855 ELO points.

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