Heading into the 2014 Candidates Tournament, there were certainly favorites that were expected to contend for the right to challenge for the World Championship later this year. Levon Aronian is the world’s #2 player, trailing only World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Vladimir Kramnik could easily have been the challenger last year, if only his tiebreaks hadn’t been slightly worse than Carlsen’s. Veselin Topalov is still the world #4, and has always proven dangerous in World Championship events. Sergey Karjakin may not have the rating or the previous success of those three, but has been pegged as the dark horse by many experts.

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