Svidler has the luxury of knowing his opponents will come after him. Svidler is definitely a longshot to win and his chances are much better than they would seem on paper. Should he confound his ranking and win, Svidler would be even a bigger underdog against Carlsen: the basic problem is that Carlsen is just a stronger player. Still, rating isn’t actually everything, so Svidler could give Carlsen real problems.
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