The 'last' opportunity of Viswanathan Anand to win the post of Candidates

KOLKATA: Viswanathan Anand He will point to a candidate position when he participates in the inaugural Fide Grand Swiss tournament that will be played from October 10 to 21 on the Isle of Man. The five-time world champion skipped the recent World Cup, which was also a qualifying event for The candidates.

I just thought I would play the Swiss event, Anand said then, giving the impression that the first Grandmaster of India will give everything at the Manx meeting. The World Cup had two slots for Candidates on offer, but only the champion of this encounter of a field of 160 players will qualify.

The winner of 2020 Candidate Tournament will win the right to challenge the current world champion Magnus Carlsen for the world championship in November 2020.

With Anand undisputed in the Grand Prix series, which is also a Candidate qualification event, the meeting on the Isle of Man is practically Anand's last chance to make the cut. Especially because it is extremely difficult for him to qualify based on the qualification.

However, it will be very difficult for the Chennai-based GM, since the 11-round tournament features big names like GM Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana , Wesley So along with 2700 other players ranked in the most impressive lineup in a tournament matched in Switzerland. Anand last played the eight-player Candidates in 2016 in Moscow.

Up to 15 Indians will compete with the best players in the world on the Isle of Man. Anand aside, the tastes of Pentala Harikrishna Vidit Gujrathi, Adhiban Baskaran, Krishnan Sasikiran , SP Sethuraman and Surya Sekhar Ganguly are also in conflict. Everyone but Sasi tried it in the World Cup, with no luck.

SL Narayanan, Abhimanyu Puranik will also compete, as will the wild card tickets Harika Dronavalli , young Nihal Sarin along with Soumya Swaminathan , D Gukesh, Prithu Gupta and Raunak Sadhwani.