The French number 1, who like Carlsen and Nepo is another top player born in the golden year of 1990, has shown glimpses of his deadly best on the Tour but is yet to reach a final. His consistent performances have, however, helped him amass easily enough points to qualify for the end of season decider. Now MVL must go up a level he’s surely capable of. Known as “the Tricky Frenchman”, MVL is never out of a fight and is infamous for laying nasty traps in the endgame. His peak Elo rating of 2819 makes him the seventh-highest rated player of all time.