No surprises in the world chess championship predictions and odds as Carlsen opens as a huge favorite. The current world champion has dominated the sport for the past 8-10 years. As a result, chess fans and bookies expect him to win any tournament he participates in. However, things are not as easy as it seems since he will face fierce competition from the top contender who will emerge as the candidate tournament #1. Who do you think will be the world champion by the end of 2021?
Magnus Carlsen is the Favorite as Always
Current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is arguably the best player in the history of the game. Some people referred to him as the Mozart of chess in his early career. In any chess tournament the Norwegian participates in, he is the favorite to win regardless of the time format. Carlsen is comfortable playing any type of time format in chess, and he is the world champion in the blitz, rapid, and standard time controls. With a rating of 2847, the world champion his head and shoulder ahead of everyone else. Since his last title defense against Caruana was a close battle, expect him to be more prepared for the next challenger this time around. As a result, online sportsbook sites in Norway have placed him as a huge favorite in the world chess championship predictions. At 1xBET Sportsbook, the odds of him retaining the title are 1.30.
The Candidates Included in the World Chess Championship Predictions
With the Candidates Tournament still happening, the chances for a next challenger and a new world champion are wide open. Currently, the battle for the top spot is between the trio of Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Fabiano Caruana. The Russian grandmaster has had a flying start to the tournament, and he is co-leading the race with 4.5/7. However, Maxime is not letting him get away easily and is chasing him with the same amount of points. On the other hand, Caruana was struggling to find his form at the start of the tournament, and he is 1 point behind at 3.5/7. Therefore, with half the tournament still yet to be played, world chess championship predictions are open for everyone. The table below shows the names offered by 1xBET Sportsbook that you can bet on along with their betting odds: