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Bill Gletsos
31-10-2017, 09:23 PM
It has been announced that Vladimir Kramnik is the wild card entry for the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

See here. (http://www.agonlimited.com/news/2017/10/29/vladimir-kramnik-nominated-as-wild-card-choice-to-the-fide-world-chess-candidates-tournament)

MichaelBaron
01-11-2017, 11:58 PM
I would rather see Naka selected. But such is life!

Vlad
02-11-2017, 08:58 AM
I would rather see Naka selected. But such is life!

In the current rating list the highest player likely to miss out is #5 Vachier-Lagrave. So Naka (#10) is clearly not the most unlucky at this stage.:)

MichaelBaron
02-11-2017, 09:43 AM
In the current rating list the highest player likely to miss out is #5 Vachier-Lagrave. So Naka (#10) is clearly not the most unlucky at this stage.:)

True. Hopefully Lagrave still qualifies via Grand-Prix. I think he needs to finish first or 2nd in the last stage to do so.

ER
02-11-2017, 01:51 PM
What's Alexander's chances?
Also in forming an opinion about wild card inclusion
one has to consider players' popularity ie sponsorship attraction.
The ex world champ still has a strong following!
(particularly amongst Russian sponsors who usually put their money
where their mouth is)!