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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Candidates Tournament Contenders: Veselin Topalov

Qualification: Top two highest average rating in 2015 FIDE Rating: 2780 Most Played Opening (W/B): Sicilian, Sicilian *(Till London Chess Classic) Career Stats: Wins- 684, Draws- 876, Loses- 424 Veselin Topalov is the least active among the players in this competition. However, he still managed to gain qualification as one of the top two players

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Viswanathan Anand Runner-up at Zurich Chess Challenge

After a below par performance at the Gibraltar Open, his first open tournament in 23 years. Viswanathan Anand made a speedy recovery to his 2016 campaign with a fine finish in the competition. He tied for the top spot with Hikaru Nakamura at 10.5 points, but ended up missing out on the title in the

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Viswanathan Anand’s Fresh Start In World Championship Preparation

Musicians don’t retire. They stop when there’s no more music in them. There seems to be a similar kind of relationship between the game of Chess and Viswanathan Anand. He is surely certain he still has a lot of chess in him despite not having a great campaign last year, raising numerous questions in the

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