Betting on Chess – The New York Times

London oddsmakers allow wagering on everything else, so it is probably not surprising that they also take bets on chess.

In the Tata Steel tournament currently be played in the Netherlands, one bookmaker called BestBetting seems to have Viswanathan Anand of India, the world champion, who is currently tied for the lead, as the favorite (9 to 10, meaning if someone bets $10 and Anand wins, the bettor only wins $9). Levon Aronian of Armenia, who is tied for third, a half-point behind Anand and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States, is the next betting favorite (13 to 10; wager $10 and if he is first, win $13), while Nakamura has the next longest odds (5 to 2).

That Nakamura is behind Aronian may have more to do with the quality of the opponents he still has to face than his own ability. Nakamura will play Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, the former world champion, who is tied with Aronian for…

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