Next week, FIDE's "official" World Championship Tournament begins. Just about everyone has their opinion on who will win. So I thought, I may as well jump on the bandwagon.
Runner-up from the Tripoli event. But let's get serious here. An Englishman winning the World Championship? I don't think so. Individual triumph by the English are so near impossible that one wonders why Adams bothers to turn up.
He got lucky last time. I mean, who really takes this guy seriously? Still, he'll be good punching bag for the 2700s. But you'll never know - he could do an Arkadij!
Boring as bat shit. Just look at the score table for Linares 2005. He won Wijk this year but results since are dismal. Finished near bottom at Dortmund. The nerves will get to him.
Four-time winner of the Russian Championships and a semi-finalist in Tripoli. Solid but unexciting. Like Leko, he scores too many draws for my liking.
Will this Indian ever be World Champion? Now that Kasparov is retired, his chances have shot up. But I think he's wishing the time control in San Luis was faster. Good odds, but not my pick.
A woman? A woman as World Champion? Naah...get real.
Probably the most exciting player, what with his penchant for unusual lines. I hope he does well with them, but against super-GMs the chances are thin. Is there a World Blitz Championship? Moro will win that.
The man! Consistent top finisher this year with wins in Linares (beating Kasparov) and Sofia (beating Anand). This world number 3 from Bulgaria is definitely in red hot form. My money's on him.