Magnus Carlsen improved his rating of 2861 to 2872 after winning 11 points at the Tata Steel tournament in January. Now primed for the candidates tournament in London, to do battle for the coveted challengers seat. The right to play World Champion Viswanathan Anand .
[Round 5 of Tata Steel]
Which of these players listed below will try to stop an East vs West Championship ?
Vladimir Kramnik ,Levon Aronian ,Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Grischuk,Vasily Ivanchuk ,Peter Svidler ,
Candidates tournament set for March 14, through April 1, 2013.
Here is the reaction from Garry Kasparov from his face book page on Carlsen’s perfomance
Carlsen’s next step is obvious, but not easy: winning the March candidates tournament in London to become Vishy Anand’s challenger in a world championship match later this year. I try to root for good chess and big fighting spirit, not for players, but of course it will be hard for me not to support my three Russian compatriots in London: Kramnik, Svidler, and Grischuk. How can the world chess title move from sunny India to frigid Norway without stopping by in its traditional home of Russia?
Some say world championship matches are old-fashioned, or that a sport with a rating list and top tournaments doesn’t need a world champion at all. But I still believe that head-to-head combat is the most exciting and fairest way to decide the title, and that our legacy of great champions is one of the most potent elements in chess as a global sport. Magnus is destined to join these ranks. It only remains for him to win when it matters most, a true test of a champion.