Featuring eight of the strongest chess players, including the world champion, the Clutch Chess International tournament provides very exciting matchups. With a 265-thousand-dollar prize, all players will bring in their best performances and preparations. Currently, four players remain to battle it out for a place in the final. Therefore, here are the Clutch Chess International betting predictions for the remaining players.
Magnus Carlsen is the Top Contender as Usual
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is by far the strongest chess player of this era. He proved it yet again after demolishing 19-year-old American Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong. The match ended with a score of 11.5 to 6.5 in favor of the World Champion. Although there is a big gap in the final score of the match, it was not as easy as it seems to be. Coming into the final day of the match, Carlsen was leading by just one point and he lost the first game of that day. There was a possibility Xiong creates an upset and knocks out the champion during the first stage of the tournament. In an interview, Magnus even stated that the match could have gone either way. However, Carlsen showed why he is the World Champion and extended his lead by 5 points earning him a spot in the semi-finals.
After qualifying to the semi-final of the Clutch Chess International tournament, Carlsen will face will Armenia’s Levon Aronian. With the difference in level that Magnus has been displaying over the years, online sportsbook sites in the USalways place him as the favorite in any tournament he participates in. The Clutch Chess International betting predictions for Carlsen to win the tournament on 1xBet are 1.31.
Levon Aronian Faces the World Champion in the Semi-Finals
Armenian Grandmaster, Levon Aronian, qualified to the semi-finals after beating Alexander Grischuk in a very close fight. The final day of the match started with Aronian leading by 2 points. However, just before the final game, Grischuk was leading after winning the second game, and the first clutch game of the day. Therefore, coming into the final game, Aronian was in a must-win situation, and he pulled it off! “It’s a great feeling – it’s like falling in love!” he said expressing his joy to get the win in the last game.
In the rapid time format, Levon’s record against Carlsen is not bad, though Magnus has a slight advantage. The two have met 11 times to play rapid games with Magnus winning six games, Aronian winning three, and the rest were drawn. Therefore, Aronian has a good chance of beating the world champion but it will not be an easy task. Aronian’s Clutch Chess International betting predictions to win the tournament on 1xBet are 10.5.
Clutch Chess International Betting Predictions: Wesely So is in Form
Wesely So has displayed a fine performance after beating French Grandmaster Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with a score of 13 to 5. The American Grandmaster dominated the match and won three out of the four clutch matches and lost one normal game only. This was somewhat of an unexpected turn of events as Maxime is rated the second strongest rapid chess player, while So is in 21st place with 2741 points. Therefore, with such performance, Wesely has pumped himself into one of the top contenders to win the tournament. The Clutch Chess International betting predictions for Wesely to win the tournament are 9.7. In the semifinal, he will face former World Championship contender Fabiano Caruana.
Fabiano Caruana is Second Favorite in the Clutch Chess International Betting Predictions
Caruana and Dominguez have already faced each other in the US version of the clutch tournament. That match ended with a crushing final score of 15 to 3 in favor of Fabiano Caruana. Therefore, the former world champion contender was expected to dominate again, however, it was a close match. Coming into the final two clutch matches, Dominguez only needed a win to secure a place in the semi-final but failed to do so. The match ended with a final score of 10.5 to 7.5 in favor of Fabiano. Throughout the match, Caruana expressed that he was a little worried about the way he was playing. Therefore, expect him to come in well prepared against the “in form” Wesely So in the semifinal. The Clutch Chess International betting predictions for Caruana to win the tournament on 1xBet are 4.84.