Who Will Be the Next Challenger Against Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2023?

Published 05/17/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

So the most awaited chess tournament of 2022 is just one month away. Ever since Magnus Carlsen defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi to claim his fifth world championship title, the chess world was curious to know who’ll be the next challenger against the Norwegian Grand Master. Well, the list has been narrowed down to the final eight candidates and the next challenger will be one of them.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Reigning Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen speaks during the press conference after a draw at 2016 World Chess Championship at Fulton Market Building on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Agon Limited)

The Candidates’ tournament will begin on 16 June 2022 in Madrid, Spain. However, Magnus Carlsen’s participation in the 2023 world championship still remains under the curtains. Lately, the world number one has given enough hints about his possible retirement from chess. Though there hasn’t been any official news about the same as of now.

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The final eight challengers of the Candidates Tournament

Just like every edition, the final eight challengers of the Candidates Tournament are all the current best Grand Masters in the world. The list includes 2021 world championship runner-up Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Grand Master Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan who missed the last edition due to covid-19. Furthermore, the tournament will feature 2021 FIDE World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda, 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss winner Alireza Firouzja, and FIDE’s highest-rated player (May 2022) Ding Liren.

This time the tournament will also have two American Grand Masters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura presenting their challenge and, last but not least, Hungarian Grand Master Richard Rapport.

Well, all these names clearly suggest the level of competition the fans will witness this year.

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Who would challenge Magnus Carlsen in the 2023 World Chess Championship?

Even if you try, you can’t pick absolute favorites out of these eight Grand Masters. They are simply the best in the world and often overlap each other in games. Some days you would feel Alireza will be the next world champion, and then Hikaru makes a blockbuster come back. Talking about impressive gameplay, Ding Liren has played more matches in a month than he did the whole last year.

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All in all, it’s nearly impossible to predict anything right now. However, one can always root for their favorite Grand Master. So, who are you betting your money on?

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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