Originally posted by greenpawn34
Does it really matter. Look who they have to face if they win.
Hopefully Nakamura. Possibly Giri (the result of that WC final is easy to
predict - 12 draws and Carlsen wins the blitz tie break.).
Pity none of the Chinese, MVL or Wesley So never made it.
I'm fed up seeing the crowd in that list playing each other again and again.
Yes I have to agree, it has been the same old faces for a long time now. I think Nakamura has a good chance to win, but I can't back him because Carlsen would just smash him in a match so it would be a total waste of time (unless Nakamura can pull off some sort of Alekhine-esque turn around).
I think they should do away with the wild card and instead reserve a spot for a player who isn't eligible for the other other qualifying criteria (Rating/Grand prix. etc..) Why not have a special qualifying tournament for that spot alone? That way we get someone from outside the top ten who get's there on merit.