1. #2 Ranked – Fabiano Caruana, USA, rated 2842.
2. #3 Ranked – Ding Liren, China, rated 2805.
3. #4 Ranked – Alexander Grischuk, Russia, rated 2777.
4. #5 Ranked – Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia, rated 2774.
6. #11 Ranked – Anish Giri, Netherlands, rated 2763.
7. #12 Ranked – Wang Ho, China, rated 2762.
8. #39 Ranked – Kirill Alekseenko, Russia, rated 2698.
*** Two weeks before the Candidates Tournament, Azerbaijani’s Teimour Radjabov withdrew from the Candidates Tournament, citing personal reasons.
Hou Yifan relinquished her Women’s World Chess Champion title in 2018 to pursue her studies at Oxford, and played only a few Classical Chess games in 2019.
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