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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 829
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2783
Highest rating achieved in database: 2796
Overall record: +272 -125 =318 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      114 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B31
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C67 C84 C92 C65 C78
 French Defense (35) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C84 C92 C89 C99 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B90 B96
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B12 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B42 B43 B40 B33 B51
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C78 C69 C80 C92 C84
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D70 D90 D86 D76
 Slav (41) 
    D12 D10 D18 D11 D17
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    B42 B43 B41
 French Defense (23) 
    C03 C00 C18 C02 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 1-0
   Caruana vs A Giri, 2012 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 0-1
   Caruana vs Carlsen, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2008 1-0
   Anand vs Caruana, 2013 0-1
   Potkin vs Caruana, 2010 0-1
   Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   2008 Olympiad (2008)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   Airports Authority of India (2011)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)

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(born Jul-30-1992) United States of America (citizen of Italy)

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FM (2002); IM (2005); GM (2007); Italian Champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).


Fabiano Luigi Caruana was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, in 1996 and soon started playing chess. Under the tutelage of USCF National Master Bruce Pandolfini, he kicked off his tournament career at the Polgár Chess Centre in Queens. GM Miron N Sher started coaching Caruana when the latter was 8. Caruana made his first appearance in FIDE-rated tournaments in February 2002 when he was 9 years old, playing in the New York February Congress and soon thereafter in the Edward Lasker Tuesday Grand Prix. He then moved with his family to Madrid in 2004 to pursue a professional career under the guidance of coach IM Boris A Zlotnik. The Caruana family then moved to Budapest in 2007 where Fabiano would train with GM Alexander Chernin. He also trained with GM Pal Benko, when Benko was spending summers in New Jersey, and online with GM Gregory Kaidanov. (1)

He became a grandmaster at the age of 14 years 11 months and 20 days, the youngest-ever grandmaster from the United States, and also the youngest-ever from Italy (as Caruana holds dual citizenship).


<Youth and Junior>: In June 2002, Caruana won the U-10 category of the Pan-American Youth Championships, thereby earning his FM title, and in November 2002 competed in the World U10 Championship held in Heraklio. He also competed in the 2004 U12 World Championship in Heraklio and at the age of 14 came =2nd at the Italian Junior (U20) Championship.

<Regional, National and Continental>: He achieved joint first places in the U.S. Eastern Open and the Italian Championship in 2006. In the latter, he tied with (then) four-time Italian Champion Michele Godena but lost in a rapid game play-off for the title. In 2007 Caruana won the Italian Championship with a score of +8 (9.5/11) to become the youngest ever Italian champion and then successfully defended his title in 2008 when he scored 8/11, a half point ahead of Godena with whom he drew in the last round. He did not compete in the Italian Championship in 2009 because of his commitment in the World Cup, but won again in 2010 and again in 2011, the latter with 10/11; he did not compete in 2012. He has competed in all European Individual Championships since his inaugural participation in 2008, but has not made the leader board in this event.

<World>: Qualifying for the World Cup (2009) as one of the six nominees of the FIDE President (2), Caruana’s inaugural participation in this event was quite auspicious. Rated 2652 and ranked number 81 in the world at the time, Caruana defeated Lazaro Bruzon (2619), Leinier Dominguez Perez (2719, world #21) and Evgeny Alekseev (2715, world #25) before falling to Vugar Gashimov (2758, world #6) in the fourth round rapid-game tiebreaker. Qualifying for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, he won his first round game against Russian GM Aleksei Pridorozhni and his second round game against Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij in the classical mini-matches, but lost in the 25+10 rapid-game tiebreaker in the third round to the eventual winner, Russian GM Peter Svidler. Caruana qualified for the 2013 World Cup on the basis of his rating, but he also participated in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series to select two Candidates for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. He played in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), where he scored 6/11 to place =4th and 80 Grand Prix points, in the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) where he placed =3rd to earn another 100 Grand Prix points, =2nd at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) to add another 125 GP points to tot up a three-event total of 305 points (3) and needed to win the final Grand Prix event - the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) - outright to qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2014, as he was 165 GP points behind Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who was in 2nd place, and who had no further Grand Prix events in which to play. As it turned out, he placed =1st with Boris Gelfand (winning on tiebreak) to gain 155 points and place third in the Grand Prix series, which means he will be first alternate if one of the Candidates is unavailable for the Candidates Tournament in 2014.

Caruana also missed his opportunity to qualify for the Candidates at the World Cup (2013), an event he qualified for via his rating; when he defeated Akash G in the first round, Yangyi Yu in the 2nd round, Vladimir Malakhov in the third round and Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga in the Round of 16 (fourth round) but was eliminated in the quarter final (round five) by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.


Caruana has been an extremely active tournament player since he started on that path in the Polgár Chess Centre at the age of 6. For the first few years he played in numerous domestic events in the US, especially in New York and the northeast of the US – frequently appearing at events in the Marshall Chess Club (during which time he beat the late Aleksander Wojtkiewicz at the age of 10 years 61 days, breaking Hikaru Nakamura ‘s record of being the youngest to defeat a GM in a USCF sanctioned event (4)) - but with occasional sojourns to foreign events such as the Youth World Championships in Greece, Pan American events in South America and First Saturday events in Budapest, all the while steadily accumulating ratings points. He first participated in the US Open in 2002, and also did so in 2003 and 2004.

His first victory at a FIDE-rated open tournament was first place in the First Saturday IM that was held in July 2005, a feat which netted him 83 Elo points on top of 43 points he gained with his 4th place at the Madrid Championships. When he won the First Saturday IM tournament in December 2005, he also gained his third IM norm and his IM title at the age of 13 years 4 months and 15 days. In 2006, Caruana won the 19th Moratalaz International Open held in August 2006 in Spain, and tied for first place in the 1st "Ascala de Henares" International Open in October 2006. In 2007, Caruana placed =3rd in the 2007 EU Individual Open Championship, won the Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007) (aka Vlissingen chess tournament) when he drew with his last round opponent, former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. He also won the First Saturday GM events in March, April and July 2007, winning his first 3 GM norms and his GM title a couple of weeks before his 15th birthday. Another event he won during 2007 was the FE Capo d'Orso held in Italy in May.

In 2008, he won Corus (Group C) (2008) impressively, two points ahead of his nearest rivals Dimitri Reinderman and fellow prodigy Parimarjan Negi. The year 2009 started with a win in Corus (Group B) (2009) although he took a small step backward at Biel International Chess Festival (2009) (4/10). However, 2010 saw him win the Biel Chess Festival (2010) in a field of fellow junior super grandmaster. He started off 2011 in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010), scoring 4.5/9 (+1 -1 =7) for 6th place, and followed this up with 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), first place at the Airports Authority of India (2011) and suffered a momentary lapse of form to score only 4/10 at the Biel Chess Festival (2011). In October 2011, he came third in the 12th Karpov International (2011).

Caruana started 2012 with =2nd (3rd on count back) with 5.5/10 at the category 20 Reggio Emilia (2011) and followed up with =2nd alongside Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov and behind Levon Aronian at the Tata Steel (2012), scoring 8/13 (+4 -1 =8; TPR 2837). The latter result catapulted him into the top ten on the live rating list for the first time. He placed =4th (6th on tiebreak) at the Aeroflot Open (2012) with 6/9 and then survived a last round challenge by Yifan Hou to take outright 1st place at the Reykjavik Open (2012) with 7.5/9 (+6 =3; TPR 2777). He followed up in May by winning the 20th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2012) and taking 2nd place (on tiebreak) in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 5/9 (+3 -2 =4; TPR 2820) behind Carlsen. His best results so far have been his victories in July 2012 at Dortmund (2012) and in September/October 2012 at the Bilbao Masters (2012) where he lost to Carlsen in blitz tie-breaks after sharing first place. In November 2012, Caruana drew all six of his games to place 3rd in the Double Round Robin quadrangular category 20 Kings' Tournament (2012) behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Veselin Topalov, respectively. 2013 started badly for Caruana, scoring only 5/13 in the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) at Wijk aan Zee. However, he recovered to some extent at the category 19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2013) by placing outright 2nd with 6/10 behind Viswanathan Anand, and then returned to full form in the category 21 (av: 2772) Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) with outright first, scoring 4/6 (+2 =4), including wins over World Champion Anand and the previous challenger for the title, Boris Gelfand, with a performance rating of 2898. At the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), Caruana equalized his lifetime score against Carlsen in classical games by winning their round 3 game to bring their personal tally in this form of the game to +2 -2 =5; he finished 3rd in this event, a point behind the winner Boris Gelfand and a half point behind the runner-up Magnus Carlsen. Subsequently he won the Kings Tournament (2013) with 5/8.

Caruana started 2014 with a solid 6/11 at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), placing =4th behind Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin respectively. He followed up with 2.5/5 to place 3rd in the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014). Caruana won the follow-up Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) to determine placing in the overall event, Caruana's result in the rapid lifted his final placement to =2nd with Aronian behind Carlsen.


Caruana did not distinguish himself at the Ruy Lopez Festival 2008 in the seven round closed tournament where he scored only 2.5/7, but won the two-day rapid open tournament that followed with a score of +6 (7.5/9), a clear point ahead of the field. The 2008 Cape d’Agde was a knock-out closed rapid tournament organized into two round robin groups of eight players each, with the top four scorers of each group proceeding to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and then the finals. Caruana won his group but lost to Anatoly Karpov in a closely fought quarter final encounter. Immediately prior to the Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) in February, Caruana won the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2013), scoring 5/6 beating Vladimir Kramnik, Gelfand and Anand in their individual two-game matches.

Team play:

Soon after moving to Madrid, Caruana participated in the Madrid Team Championships.

<Club competition>: Caruana played board 3 for the ShSM-64 Moscow in the European Club Cup competitions of 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 the best result being team and individual fifth place in 2011, and team bronze in the European Club Cup (2013) playing board one with his new team SOCAR. He and his team ShSM-64 were far more successful in the Russian Premier League, where he won individual gold and team silver in 2009 (on board 4), individual bronze and team gold in 2010 (board 4), individual and team gold in 2010 (board 3) and individual and team bronze in 2011. Caruana has also played in the Bundesliga (2008 and 2009); the Italian Team Championships (2009), the Spanish League (CECLUB 2009), the Swiss Team Championships (2010 to 2012), the French Top 12 (2011) and the Greek Team Championships (2012).

<National Teams>: In June 2008, Caruana played first board for Italy in the Mitropa Cup 2008, a four-board team competition amongst 10 "middle" European nations. He scored +6 (7.5/9) winning the first board prize with a performance rating of 2810. In the same event in 2009, held in Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia, he lead Italy to a silver medal and won individual gold with 7.5/9. He played for Italy in the European Team Championships in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, his best personal results being 4th on board 1 in 2009 scoring 5.5/8 and 4th on board 1 in 2013 when he scored 6/9.

<Olympiads>: Caruana represented Italy on board 1 at the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Olympiads.


Caruana was the world's top junior for 20 months, starting in January 2011. As of 1 March 2014, his rating was:

<Standard> 2783 (Italian #1; world #5);

<Rapid> 2840;

<Blitz> 2697.


He currently lives in Europe and in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Sources and references:

Wikipedia article: Fabiano Caruana; (1): Chessbase biography: (2):; (3) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; live rating:; (4): Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz, 2002

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 829  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs C Bean 1-023 1999 G45D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Caruana vs S Iermito  1-036 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC58 Two Knights
3. Caruana vs R Hess 1-031 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
4. B Karen vs Caruana  ½-½30 2002 Nassau FuturityC60 Ruy Lopez
5. Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz 1-045 2002 New York September ActionB27 Sicilian
6. Caruana vs B Karen  ½-½27 2002 Nassau FuturityB27 Sicilian
7. R K Delaune vs Caruana  1-051 2003 World Open: Open SectionA16 English
8. Caruana vs R Ziatdinov 0-122 2003 World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
9. Caruana vs J Langreck  ½-½53 2003 World OpenB30 Sicilian
10. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. Caruana vs S Farago 1-060 2004 FSIM JuneB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-040 2004 Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
13. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½59 2004 120th NY MastersB53 Sicilian
14. Caruana vs B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
15. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
16. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
17. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
18. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-138 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
21. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-021 2005 FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
22. O Katsuhara vs Caruana  0-141 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
23. Tri Hoang vs Caruana  0-136 2005 FSIM DecemberA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L Eperjesi vs Caruana  ½-½27 2005 FSIM JuneD85 Grunfeld
25. Caruana vs S Farago  1-061 2005 FSIM JuneB03 Alekhine's Defense
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  Lupara: Greetings <visayanbraindoctor>. I agree that Caruana is definitely deserving of the wild card.

He appears to be cruising at the Kings Tournament, at +3 against strong competition. Caruana finally beat Ponomariov for the first time today.

Maybe he can beat Wang Hao for the first time when they meet tomorrow. That would be an accomplishment, as Caruana's record against Hao is poor: +0 -4 =3.

Oct-14-13  remetter: Grande Caruana, after Kingstournament. Is number 3!
Oct-14-13  Pravitel: It is a travesty, if Caruana doens't get the spot in the candidates. Obviously Gelfand, Nakamura and Grischuk are all fine players and would be deserving without Caruana in this reality.

But with this reality in mind and comparing the competitive results, there can only be one right pick. Caruana has the highest peak rating, he has the highest average rating, he has been most successful tournament player, was the best performer in the Grand Prix series and he went the farthest in the World Cup.

The pick is really a no-brainer, if we leave dirty politics and personal preferences out ot the picture.

Of course one could also give some more subjective arguments as that he is by far the youngest and thus probability wise has most additional development ahead of himself, so by the time of the match he would likely be even more impressive than he is now. He is also obviously very dedicated to chess and plays more than pretty much any other top player. But these things are rather irrelevant as the cold, hard factual case for him is so convincing.

Oct-15-13  Laneidos: Agreed, Pravitel. There should be no question about that.
Oct-15-13  SirRuthless: Looks like Caruana will not get to 2800 this tournament but it is only a matter of time. Does anyone know if he will be playing in team championships or when his next classical event will be?
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  visayanbraindoctor: <Lupara: Greetings <visayanbraindoctor>. I agree that Caruana is definitely deserving of the wild card.>

It seems that Russia will end up as the host. So I do not think GM Caruana will make it. Probably Grischuk or Svidler.

Oct-15-13  SirRuthless: I hate politics. Between the two I like Svidler infinitely more. H just won another Russian Championship ahead for Nepo, Kramnik, so he should get it over Grischuk. h;e also came close last candidates cycle.
Oct-15-13  AsosLight: Today I witnessed a very bad treat about Caruana.

I was already suspecting that he had quite a bit of pressure from the first time he reached 2800 and he seems that he can't withstand the pressure of being top 3.

This is a very bad sign of character. A possible weakness in such an important factor can shape his future potential.

Champions can't hesitate for such reasons and should really like to dominate. He certainly needs guidance here IMO, he needs to change and change FAST!

Oct-15-13  SirRuthless: I think it is more a function of weak play in short time vs stronger tactical players in short time. Getting close and failing to break through 2800 is not a systemic issue in one's game. Wang Hao just plays strong chess vs Fab.
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  waustad: I doubt that he even has time to go home, since he's playing in the European Club Cup starting the 20th. Hopefully he has helpers to take care of things like laundry and travel details. Paris to Bucarest to Rhodes with very few off days.

At least sports teams play half of their games at home. Chess is more like tennis, where playing at home is a real rarity, at least on his level. Many older players play mostly in leagues so they only have to travel 1 weekend a month.

Oct-15-13  SirRuthless: Thanks for the info. His first place winning this year should more than take care of his needs. 2800 is only a matter of time for Fab. I wonder if he will play for a win tomorrow with Radja given the latter's recent terrible form...
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  Bubele: I really hope Fabiano will receive the wild card for the next candidates. He really deserve it ... Forza Fabiano !
Nov-06-13  SirRuthless: Well it went to Svidler. Bright side is Caruana is first alternate so if Vishy retires after his presumed loss to Carlsen in the wCC then Fabianio will be seeded in automatically. He deserves it this cycle for his generally great results in Grand Prix and some smaller elite events this year.
Nov-11-13  jphamlore: Did people see this loss Caruana just had:

L Lenic vs Caruana, 2013

Caruana's defense to 1. d4 is imploding. This is unacceptable for a true contender for a world championship, whether it be Nakamura or Caruana or anyone else.

And every draw increases Anand's chances of retaining his title.

Nov-11-13  AsosLight: <jphamlore>,

a) Anand is really really far still from performing +2900 in a sample of 12 games, something that I am very curious to know how many time have made in his life anyway!

b)Caruana is so profoundly in the crossroads. Either is gonna make the next, huge step, in the next year, either he is gonna stabilize for the next 20-25 years around 2800.

Nov-23-13  Chessman1504: So Caruana may be a challenger to Carlsen? Could someone break down his style and strengths and/or weaknesses? Karjakin claimed he played like a computer.
Nov-23-13  SirRuthless: He plays a very positional style similar to Carlsen. He is strong in opening theory and endgames. He plays correct moves Accoring to the computers. Very strong player especially for only 21 years of age. Only weakness I see is that very sharp players give him problems and he is a relatively poor blitzer for his classical strength which can definitely hurt in tie breaks. Also he seems to struggle in certain double edge positions. He has a good record vs Carlsen and a poor record vs Wang Hao and Nakamura. I like him. Very pragmatic player who is not overly optimistic about his positions and is willing to admit when he played well or poorly. A hard worker. His chances are as good as any.
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  offramp: I really think and truly hope that Caruana will be Carlsen's first challenger. What a great match that would be! A 22-year-old against a 23-year-old!

That would strip the paint off the walls!

Nov-24-13  Xenon Oxide: Yeah, it would be interesting to see a Kasparov vs Karpov thing, except the two players being the same generation. That would be an epic two decades of rivalry.
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  notyetagm: Sutovsky vs Caruana, 2013

Comment in the forum for this game:

<Happes: But seriously, to get THIS pos after 20 moves in a French with Black against a 2650 is quite remarkable...>

20 ... Bc8-b7

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<-2.9 21. a4 Ne7 22. Ra1 Neg6 23. axb5 axb5 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. Ra1 Bxf3 26. Bxf3 Nh4 27. Ba8 Rc8 28. c3 d3 29. Ra6 e4 30. Nxe4 fxe4 31. Bxe4 Ne2+ 32. Kf1 Qh2 33. Bxd3 Nf4

-3.01 21. Nh4 Ne7 22. Rfe1 Rad8 23. Nh5 Ned5 24. Nxf4 Nxf4 25. Rc1 Bd5 26. a4 bxa4 27. Bxa6 g5 28. Nf3 Bxf3 29. gxf3 Nxh3+ 30. Kh2

-3.13 21. h4 Rad8 22. h5 Na5 23. a3 Nxe2+ 24. Qxe2 Nc4 25. b4 Nxa3 26. Nxe5 f4 27. Ng6 Rde8 28. Nxf8 Rxe2 29. Nxe2 Kxf8 30. Nxd4

-3.23 21. Rfe1 Rad8 22. Nh4 d3 23. cxd3 Nd4 24. Qe3 g5 25. Rc1 Qd6 26. Nf3 Ndxe2+ 27. Nxe2 Nxd3

<<<Stockfish DD 64 SSE4.2>>>, 15.48 sec, depth 17>

Jan-17-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I was once the highest-rated under-13 player in the US at 1650. That seems like a lame joke today.
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  perfidious: <Cheapo> Played Radjabov, then an IM at thirteen, in blitz online, and got smashed. The youngster can play a little, despite all the ridiculous negative commentary one can readily find here.

Joel Benjamin making US master at thirteen (in 1977) and Michael Wilder doing the same in the preceding year got them magazine covers. Same thing today?


Jan-21-14  joachimvhw: Anand confirming his participation in 2014 Candidates, Caruana officially not participating.

Next year, no doubt.

Jan-30-14  John Abraham: Caruana looks like Peter Leko in this photo. Even Leko's wife appears to be amazed by the resemblance.
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  cro777: Caruana: "I'll be leaving tomorrow to play the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir. My 1st visit to Azerbaijan!"

Shamkir Chess Tournament, a 6-player double round robin, will be held from 19-30 April 2014 with Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura and the strongest domestic players Shakhriyar Mammedyarov and Teymour Radjabov participating.

Round 1 starts on Sunday (April 20th) at 15:00 local time (UTC/GMT+5).

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