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Mike Rowbottom: As London awaits world chess title challenge the memories of Fischer and Spassky's Match of the Century still reverberate

Mike Rowbottom: As London awaits world chess title challenge the memories of Fischer and Spassky's Match of the Century still reverberate

Tomorrow, in central London, Norway's defending world chess champion Magnus Carlsen will start the defence of his title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana. The 12-game match will be played at The College, in Holborn, under the auspices of an international organisation with the most inapt of mottos, namely "Gens Una Sumus" - We Are One People.



Alan Hubbard: Yes ex-Minister, you were right to take a gamble on a point of principle

Alan Hubbard: Yes ex-Minister, you were right to take a gamble on a point of principle

A politician with principle is as rare as a white rhino - or perhaps even a white elephant. So hats off to Tracey Crouch, who quit as UK Sports Minister last week over the Government’s decision to delay tackling what has been described as "the pernicious influence" on fixed odds betting terminals. She claims that this form of gambling is causing some to take their own lives.