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  1. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    30 Dec '15 10:29
    So we know who the entrants are..

    Peter Svidler
    Veselin Topalov
    Vishy Anand
    Hikaru Nakamura
    Sergei Karjakin
    Fabiano Caruana
    Anish Giri
    Levon Aronian

    So, who do you think will win? It is still unclear, but atm it looks like this will be held in America somewhere. Perhaps this gives the US participants home advantage?

    My pick is Anish Giri. While he has been accused of being drawish, i think this will be a serious advantage in the Candidates. Anand won with +3 last time, as the tournament approaches the end he will be playing people who need to win. I think, over the last year or so he has managed to put serious doubt into the minds of the elite guys about whether they can beat him at all. Carlsen did the same thing when he broke onto the scene around 18/19 years old. He drew with the top three of four guys and beat the rest. I think Anish is growing in confidence and has the ability to emulate this strategy.. 🙂
  2. 30 Dec '15 12:19
    Nakamura
  3. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    30 Dec '15 12:25 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Yesterdaze Gone
    Nakamura
    Yes I think he has good chances as well actually. He has improved recently I feel..
  4. 30 Dec '15 12:36
    I still believe in Vishy - he's still on fire catching the title back .....like last candidates
  5. 30 Dec '15 13:18
    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.
  6. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    30 Dec '15 13:44
    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.
  7. Subscriber 64squaresofpain On Vacation
    The drunk knight
    30 Dec '15 15:56
    I'd love to see Levon finally have a good candidates showing, I feel he'd be a good contender for Carlsen.
  8. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    30 Dec '15 15:59
    Originally posted by Marinkatomb
    Yes I think he has good chances as well actually. He has improved recently I feel..
    But he can't beat Carlsen. +0-12 can't be explained away that easily.
  9. Subscriber sundown316
    The Mighty Messenger
    30 Dec '15 16:02
    I think it will be Giri or Caruana. Topolov and Anand are getting too old, Svidler has not been seen in top-flight competition lately, Karjakin is too spotty, and Aonian has not been playing well of late.
  10. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    30 Dec '15 16:54
    Originally posted by sundown316
    But he can't beat Carlsen. +0-12 can't be explained away that easily.
    Yes I mentioned that, his awful record against Carlsen makes him a poor contender. It's a pity that Carlsen is so dominant against him tbh, he has such good results against everyone else he would normally be a prime candidate.
  11. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    30 Dec '15 19:04
    How did Svidler qualify this time?
  12. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    30 Dec '15 19:09
    I think Giri is the only one who would stand a chance in a match against Magnus. But I would pick Caruana or Anand to win the candidates tournament.
  13. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    31 Dec '15 00:26
    Originally posted by byedidia
    How did Svidler qualify this time?
    He came second in the world cup.
  14. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    31 Dec '15 00:29 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by byedidia
    I think Giri is the only one who would stand a chance in a match against Magnus. But I would pick Caruana or Anand to win the candidates tournament.
    Caruana's record against Magnus isn't too shabby, he's definitely not a push over. If Fabiano can find some of that form he had in Sinqufield 2014 then he has every chance of qualifying. He seems to have been on the slide a little lately though...
  15. 31 Dec '15 04:05
    Who I think will win- Giri
    Who I want to win- Aronian