Originally posted by AjuinAnand is great, but I'm not really sure he could perform at his highest when under heavy preparation for his WC match. I think the main competition will once again be between Kramnik and Carlsen, for them such high level tournaments are practice for the Candidates Tournament they will participate, and they both feel they have something to prove at the moment. For Kramnik, that is getting above that 2800 and show "he still has it", and for Carlsen that is simply protecting his number one spot.
Anand will win.
I looked at the list of participants and noticed Adriaan De Groot is playing 😲
Originally posted by heinzkatI think caruana has a much bigger chance to surprise than smeets. tiviakov is one of my black horses as well, but I don't really think he can make it past 4th or 5th place.
1 - Jan Smeets
2 - Sergey Tiviakov
3 - Loek van Wely
Don't say I didn't warn you in advance
The last places are a lot more difficult to predict, with all these giants sitting down behind the board; maybe Caruana, haven't seen much good chess from him, although he won last year's Corus B-group, right?