Candidates Tournament: Viswanathan Anand Strikes Back

The business end of the Candidates Tournament has arrived and the Madras Tiger seems to have returned to his performing best. Viswanathan Anand struck a huge victory in round 9 over Levon Aronian to regain the lead alongside Sergey Karjakin. For what it has been in this tournament it seems pretty much a repeat of

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Candidates Tournament: Karjakin, Aronian Lead The Table

The two players who were taken as underdogs have proved to be the most pivotal in their performance during the first half of the Candidates Tournament. Chess World Cup winner Sergey Karjakin and Wild Card entrant Levon Aronian have brought about a complete turn-around in expectations of the Chess world. A major pre-tournament contender Hikaru

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Candidates Tournament: Viswanathan Anand Back In Business

After a string of disappointing performances throughout 2015, the former World Champion Viswanathan Anand has found some of his old form at pretty much the right time. The Madras Tiger shocked Veselin Topalov in the opening round of the Candidates taking a full point. Anand has since played Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana, both ended

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Candidates Tournament Contender: Peter Svidler

Qualification: Runner-up Chess World Cup 2015 FIDE Rating: 2757 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Grunfeld *(Till Paul Keres Memorial) Career Stats: Wins- 799, Draws- 1208, Loses- 389 Peter Svidler is the lowest ranked player at the Candidates tournament this year. He would play as an underdog and only has an outside chance of emerging victorious

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Anish Giri

Qualification: Top two highest average rating in 2015 FIDE Rating: 2793 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till Zurich Chess Challenge) Career Stats: Wins- 353, Draws- 487, Loses- 181 Anish Giri is the second seed at the Candidates Tournament, however, he had qualified as the top seed. He is the youngest among the other players

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Fabiano Caruana

Qualification: Top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15 FIDE Rating: 2794 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till Tata Steel Chess) Career Stats: Wins- 410, Draws- 468, Loses- 232 Fabiano Caruana is a calculating machine and has always been highly precise during his games. In recent times he seems to have improved his endgame

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Levon Aronian

Qualification: Wildcard FIDE Rating: 2786 Most Played Opening (W/B): Slav, Ruy Lopez *(Till Zurich Chess Challenge) Career Stats: Wins- 762, Draws- 960, Loses- 334 The Armenian Grandmaster has been recognised as the clear number 2 in the World of Chess for a long time. However, he no longer holds that position dearly in the last

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Sergey Karjakin

Qualification: FIDE Chess World Cup Winner FIDE Rating: 2760 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till Tata Steel Championship) Career Stats: Wins- 620, Draws- 802, Loses- 320 After years of staying in the shadow, Russia has re-emerged among the best in Chess. Here is the 2015 Chess World Cup Winner Sergey Karjakin making his way

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Hikaru Nakamura

Qualification: Top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15 FIDE Rating: 2790 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till Zurich Chess Challenge) Career Stats: Wins- 657, Draws- 551, Loses- 259 Hikaru Nakamura is one of the most consistent players during the year 2015 and his performance at the FIDE Grand Prix earns him a spot

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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Viswanathan Anand

Qualification: Runner-up of previous World Championship FIDE Rating: 2762 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till Zurich Chess Challenge) Career Stats: Wins- 1111, Draws- 1467, Loses- 384 Viswanathan Anand can be said to have perhaps the shortest route for qualifying at the Candidates Tournament Moscow by losing the World Championship. He makes his way as

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