Garry Kasparov on the most likely next challenger to Magnus Carlsen

Garry Kasparov joined the podcast host Tyler Cowen for the latter’s program/podcast called Conversations with Tyler. In that episode, Kasparov discussed his views and opinions about AI (Artificial Intelligence), chess, and the future of creativity.

Towards the end of the interview, Cowen asked Kasparov who he thinks will be the most likely next challenger to the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.

Kasparov ranked them in the following order:

  1. Wesley So
  2. Fabiano Caruana
  3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Excerpt of that follows:

March 2017 FIDE Ratings Update

GM Wesley So is now officially the No. 2 chess player in the world, in the March 2017 FIDE Ratings list, up one notch from last month’s.

Moreover, it should be noted that this is the first time that there are 5 2800+ players in the list, after MVL made a comeback to the 2800-club.

FIDE Top 20 — March 2017

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Check out the complete Top 100 list.

Altibox Norway Chess 2017 – World’s Strongest Chess Tournament

Dubbed as the World’s Strongest Chess Tournament, Altibox Norway Chess 2017, which is scheduled to happen June 5 to 17 this year, was able to gather to play the current (February 2017) top 10 players in the world:

  1. World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
  2. Wesley So (USA)
  3. Fabiano Caruana (USA)
  4. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
  6. Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
  7. Viswanathan Anand (India)
  8. Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  9. Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
  10. Anish Giri (The Netherlands)

From its website:

Wesley So wins Tata Steel Masters 2017 Title

This is Wesley So‘s 56th game without a loss. His last loss was in Round 4 of Bilbao Masters Final 2016 against the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, where he finished fourth. Moreover, this is his third super-tournament title in a row, following the Sinquefield Cup and London Chess Classic.

Wesley So, playing as black, won his final round game against Ian Nepomniachtchi. This win enabled So to secure the Tata Steel Masters 2017 title, his first for Tata Steel, with a clear point ahead of the runner-up, Magnus Carlsen.

Replay Round 13 games below:[replay]

This win also enabled So to rank second in the Live Ratings, after Fabiano Caruana lost to Nigel Short in Round 6 in Gibraltar, just 16 ELO points behind the World Champion:

Carlsen and Aronian win in Round 12 Tata Steel Masters 2017

The game between Wesley So vs. Wei Yi in the penultimate Round 12 of Tata Steel Masters 2017 ended in a draw. Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian won against Pavel Eljanov and Loek Van Wely, respectively. Replay Round 12 games below:[replay]

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 12 Results

#WhiteResultBlack
1So, Wesley½-½Wei, Yi
2Aronian, Levon1-0Van Wely, Loek
3Adhiban, Baskaran½-½Giri, Anish
4Karjakin, Sergey½-½Nepomniachtchi, Ian
5Eljanov, Pavel0-1Carlsen, Magnus
6Harikrishna, Pentala½-½Rapport, Richard
7Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Andreikin, Dmitry

Thus, at the end of Round 12, with one final round to go, Wesley So still leads, by a half point, followed by Carlsen, Aronian, and Wei Yi, tied in second place:

Wei Yi Wins in Round 11 Tata Steel Masters 2017

Wei Yi wins his Round 11 game against Sergey Karjakin in Tata Steel Masters 2017, and inches closer to Wesley So. He’s currently at clear second place.

This tournament is definitely getting more interesting in the next round, as Wesley So is set to meet Wei Yi.

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Round 11 Results

#WhiteResultBlack
1Wei, Yi1-0Karjakin, Sergey
2Carlsen, Magnus½-½Adhiban, Baskaran
3Giri, Anish½-½Harikrishna, Pentala
4Andreikin, Dmitry½-½So, Wesley
5Nepomniachtchi, Ian½-½Eljanov, Pavel
6Wojtaszek, Radoslaw½-½Aronian, Levon
7Rapport, Richard½-½Van Wely, Loek

Replay Round 11 games below:[replay]

Tata Steel Masters 2017 Ranking after Round 11

#NamePtsSB
1So, Wesley7.537.25
2Wei, Yi734.25
3Aronian, Levon6.536.75
Carlsen, Magnus6.534
Eljanov, Pavel6.532.25
6Adhiban, B.632.25
Karjakin, Sergey630.25
8Harikrishna, P.5.531.75
Giri, Anish5.528.5
10Andreikin, Dmitry4.524.75
Nepomniachtchi, Ian4.523.25
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw4.521.75
13Rapport, Richard420.25
14Van Wely, Loek2.512.25

Replay all games in Tata Steel Masters 2017.