PawnSac: <1971: Caruana should be dominating the chess world, he has the talent and skill to do it. >
He IS dominating the chess world. Caruana, Carlsen, Anand, Topolov, and Nakamura are currently dominating the chess world. They are the top players.
<1971: Those seven straight wins at Sinquefield were a brilliant display of preparation, positional and precise power play.>
yes his performance was outstanding, as was Aronian's this year.
<1971: For Caruana there is something missing that he isn't able to consistently play to his potential. >
Hey, I'm from the USA and so is he, so of course I'm a Fab fan. But speaking in purely logical terms...
Caruana IS consistantly playing, and he is playing to his "potential" as determined by the circumstances.
I think what you mean to say is that he is not playing to our/your EXPECTATION or HOPES considering his one
outstanding performance! He himself aluded to this, during the interview after the Sinque match. He said..
well, lets just see how it goes. And Magnus made the same comment. One good tourney does not determine
long term domination or status. And i agree.
But concerning the game...
Black may have done better with 4. ..Bg7 as in;
Konstantin Chernyshov vs Tibor Fogarasi
First Saturday July (2005) · Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) · 0-1
This seems to be a pet line of ♔onstantin Chernyshov
tho it can be argued that in that game white probably played a few less than ideal opening moves.
BUT it is clear that after ..c5 Qc2! Shak steered the opening into a line in which white has the winning
chances and black draws at best (historically speaking, that is). Black clearly needs to do some
work in this line to improve the prospects.
The ironic thing is that Fab, playing the white side, lost to Giri in the 3. ..Bg7 line
( 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Bg5 Bg7 4. Nc3 c5 5. d5 d6 ) last year...
Fabiano Caruana vs Anish Giri
London Chess Classic (Blitz) (2014) · Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61) · 0-1
..so one would expect he would spend time in this line to find improvements for white.
BUT alas it appears that, possibly due to his loss, he underestimated white's chances in the Bg5 line.