This world chess championship slated for November 9 in London will witness clash between two players having an ELO rating of 2800 plus.
The defending world champion Magnus Carlsen who tops the FIDE rating list with 2882 will be challenged by World no. 2 rated player Fabiano Caruana who maintains a rating of 2844 in the November rating list published by FIDE (the world chess Federation).
Perhaps this is the second time world no.1 and 2 (as per FIDE rating) will vie for the world title after the famous title match between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov who were world 1 and 2 in 1980. A quick review of the profile of the champion and the challenger will reveal how close the contest is going to be. Carlsen representing Norway is aged 27 years, became a Grandmaster at 13 years, 4 months and 27 days. Apart from appearing in three biennial chess Olympiads he has many major titles to his credit. He crowned the world chess title in the year 2013 in Chennai, India when he stunned the mighty Viswanathan Anand in his home ground. His Challenger representing USA is 26 years old, he became a Grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months and 20 days. Like Carlsen he also represented his Federation (USA) in three biennial chess Olympiads. Although Caruana has never became world champion he has tried his luck in the candidates match many times.
With a rating difference of 38 ELO points and with both having pocketed many major tilts to their credit like London classics, Grandprix etc. a virtual contest is on the cards in the next three days.