Preview on the Candidates: Daniel King on Alexander Grischuk

by Arne Kaehler
3/9/2020 – The Candidates tournament starts on March 17th, where eight players will battle it out who will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship in December. In his Candidates Preview on YouTube, Daniel King takes a close look at all the candidates. In the most recent episode, King reviews Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk, one of the few players who once reached an Elo rating of over 2800 just five years ago. The Russian, who is currently ranked number 4 in the world, is thus among the favourites to win in Yekaterinburg. | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

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Grandmaster Daniel King presents ten exemplary attacking performances. At key moments he stops and asks you to play a move. King then gives feedback on the most plausible continuations. It’s the next best thing to having your own personal trainer!


The most experienced player? 

Daniel King recently made video number 6 of his "Candidates Tournament 2020" preview on his YouTube channel, featuring Alexander Grischuk. King points out that Grischuk has been in the chess business for ages already and is the most experienced player in the field. 

Although he has the third highest Elo in this tournament after Ding Liren and Fabiano Caruana, Daniel King is worried that Grischuk's stamina cannot keep up with the amount of rounds played. Grischuk's style of playing is somehow exhausting because of his deep analysis to find the perfect moves in any situation, often leading to time pressure.

There is no doubt that Alexander Grischuk might be one of the most exciting players and strongest contestants to face Carlsen in the World Championship in December. After the unexpected withdrawal of fellow candidate Teimour Radjabov, Grischuk will soon challenge Maxime Vachier-Lagrave again. These two grandmasters had some intense battles in the Hamburg Grand Prix just a couple of months ago and Daniel King presents a great endgame analysis from one of those games, in the video below.

Alexander Grischuk


Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.


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