Christopher Kreuzer wrote:... who would you put together in a tournament to decide the next challenger for Carlsen?
Good question. Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. Who deserves the slot - the best eight current players IMHO or who has the best chances of winning a match against Carlsen? Obvs there’ll be some overlap here, but not always. E.g. Topalov and Kramnik and Anand, I would agree have limited chances of actually winning a match against Carlsen, but you’d be hard pressed to justify them not getting in the tournament.
I"m talking about current standings there.
would be on my 'have the best (not necessarily high) chance of winning the match' list.
would be in my 'deserve to be there but I find it hard to imagine would seriously worry Carlsen' group.
Then there’s Aronian, who I think might be in the first group except for the fact that he’s already not got out of three Candidates’ events and I wonder if his best chance has already gone.