Karjakin, who was born in Ukraine, first came to the public attention in 2002 and became the youngest ever grandmaster at age 12 years and 7 months – a record that still stands. For many years, Karjakin was the most prominent contemporary rival to Magnus Carlsen. It is clear that Karjakin has matured enough to be a very serious contender for the title. He has the physical conditioning, the stamina and the experience to hold up in a pressure-filled tournament.
Read more about Sergei Karjakin here.