Chess World Championship Odds, Magnus Carlsen Favored Again

  • Magnus Carlsen is looking to defend his World Championship Title.
  • Fabiano Caruana is second on the odds board and in the world ranking.
  • Ding Liren holds the third-longest win streak in the world at 100.

YEKATERINBURG, Russia — The 2020 World Chess Championship is set to begin on March 17 and go until April 4. Magnus Carlsen is the defending world champion and has been for three straight years.

Fabiano Caruana and Liren Ding are looking to dethrone Carlsen, but the odds are not in their favor at all. As major global sports are being suspended, the Chess World Championship is giving traditional sports bettors something different to bet on.

Magnus Carlsen

Carlsen is currently ranked the number one chess player in the world and is looking to prove to everyone why that is. He holds the longest classical chess win streak ever at 111 games. He actually downplayed his win streak saying that it was at 109 because he wasn’t facing elite competition.

“I’m all for that too, so I consider my streak against elite opposition is 109, and against good opposition is 111, so both are a record and I’m happy about that,” said Carlsen.

There should not be any question as to why Carlsen is the heavy favorite to win the Chess World Championship. Online sportsbooks have his odds to continue his dominance at -300. There is even an option to bet on the remaining field of opponents to win where Carlsen is still the favorite at -300.

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How The Competition Stacks Up Against Carlsen

One name that will have the chance to play for the Chess World Championship is Fabiano Caruana. Caruana is currently ranked as the number two chess player in the world. He did make it to the final match in the championship last year but fell short to Carlsen.

In comparison to Carlsen, he has only passed his rating two times compared to the 53 times that Carlsen has passed Caruana. Not to take anything away from the great player that Caruana is, but his +550 odds just don’t match up against Carlsen.

Another contestant that will have the chance to compete for the championship is Ding Liren. Many consider him to be the primary contender despite having +700 odds. He holds third-longest win streak with 100 games. Again, nothing against the player that Ding is but his odds really don’t look enticing against Carlsen’s.