Daniel King introduces the candidates

by ChessBase
3/3/2020 – The Candidates Tournament 2020 will begin on March 17th and surely is one of the highlights of the chess year 2020. Until April 3rd, eight of the best players in the world will fight for the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title. To get into the mood for the tournament which will take place in Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in Russia, Daniel King introduces all eight participants in his Power Play Show on YouTube. So far King has made portraits of four candidates, four more will follow, each with an introduction to the player and typical and beautiful games.

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Who will challenge Magnus Carlsen?

Daniel KingDaniel King will be part of the commentary team of grandmasters at the Candidates Tournament.

Nominal favorites for the 2020 Candidates Tournament are Fabiano Caruana and Ding Liren, the only two participants with an Elo rating of over 2800 points. If Elo rating were 100 percent reliable as a predictor for the outcome of such events, Caruana and Carlsen — who in 2018 played for the World Championship in London — would meet once again next December, in Dubai. With a current Elo rating of 2842, Caruana is 37 points ahead of Ding, who is the number two seed in Yekaterinburg with a rating of 2805.


The eight participants of the Candidates Tournament

FIDE Elo ratings and world rank as of March 2020.

# Name FED Elo  World Rank
1 Fabiano Caruana Vereinigte StaatenUSA 2842 2
2 Teimour Radjabov AserbaidschanAZE 2765 9
3 Ding Liren Volksrepublik ChinaCHN 2805 3
4 Wang Hao Volksrepublik ChinaCHN 2762 12
5 Alexander Grischuk RusslandRUS 2777 4
6 Ian Nepomniachtchi RusslandRUS 2774 5
7 Anish Giri NiederlandeNED 2763 11
8 Kirill Alekseenko RusslandRUS 2698 39

Source: Wikipedia


Daniel Kings Candidates 2020 Preview

So far, Daniel King has taken a look at the play and chances of four of the eight candidates — Kirill Alekseenko, Wang Hao, Anish Giri and Teimour Radjabov — but in the two weeks to come he will also take a close look at the other four candidates.

Kirill Alekseenko

Wang Hao

Anish Giri

Teimour Radjabov

Update: After publication of this video, Radjabov withdrew.

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