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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen close to topping Premier League Fantasy Football table featuring 7 MILLION players

Added 12-09-19 10:37:02am EST - “Magnus Carlsen, the top-ranked chess player of the last decade, looks like he might reach the summit of another pursuit as he currently stands in sixth position globally in the hugely popular EPL Fantasy Football league.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “World chess champion Magnus Carlsen close to topping Premier League Fantasy Football table featuring 7 MILLION players”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Last weekend's results moved the grandmaster within touching distance of topping the league in the online game which awards players points based on the real-life performances of players in the English Premier League.

Carlsen has been an avid player for years but admits that he has never quite performed as well as this year his team, Kjell Ankedal, look certain to improve on his top score of finishing in the top 3,000 players two seasons ago.

His team immediately established itself in the top 1,000 in the early weeks of the English season and has continued to go from strength to strength since then, rising up the ranks on a weekly basis.

Chess reported Tarjei Svensen, who has known Carlsen since he was a child, says that the grandmaster's avid pursuit of English football - tied to his analytical brain - have made him a forced to be reckoned with in the game.

"His ability at fantasy league has been known for a couple of seasons now, but this season has been exceptional and he’s had another good week," Svensen said to The Guardian.

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