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Caruana 
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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 973
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2839 (2858 rapid, 2695 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2844
Overall record: +305 -135 =355 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      178 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B80
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C84 C92 C89 C99 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B90 B96
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B42 B43 B40 B33 B41
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C78 C69 C67 C80 C92
 Grunfeld (51) 
    D85 D70 D90 D97 D86
 Slav (42) 
    D12 D10 D18 D11 D17
 Sicilian Kan (36) 
    B42 B43 B41
 French Defense (30) 
    C03 C02 C00 C07 C18
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 1-0
   Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 0-1
   Caruana vs A Giri, 2012 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 0-1
   Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Carlsen, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Negi, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   Russian Team Championship (2009)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   personalstudy by 1d410
   2014 World Chess Championship/Other Tournaments by wanabe2000
   CARUANA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   Game Collections by Jimmy W
   Ruy Lopez GTM by pbalak

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FABIANO CARUANA
(born Jul-30-1992, 22 years old) United States of America (citizen of Italy)

[what is this?]
FM (2002); IM (2005); GM (2007); Italian Champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).

Preliminary:

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).

Championships:

<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. Nevertheless, he qualified by rating for the 2014-15 Grand Prix Series portion of the World Championship 2016 cycle, and placed =1st alongside Boris Gelfand with 6.5/11 at the FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014), earning 155 Grand Prix points. During the second leg that followed shortly afterwards, namely the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2014), Caruana scored a solid 6/11 to place 4th-7th to pick up another 75 Grand Prix points, sufficient to make him the leader after the first two legs and putting him strongly in contention for winning a place in the Candidates Tournament of 2016.

Tournaments:

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. In April 2014, he placed outright second behind Magnus Carlsen at the category 22 Gashimov Memorial (2014), which was inaugurated in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov. In June he was =4th with 4.5/9 at the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2014). The following month he won a stunning victory at the category 19 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014) with 5.5/7, 1.5 points ahead of the runners-up and moved into the "2800 club" by rating. September 2014 saw Caruana win arguably the strongest tournament in history, the Category 23 Sinquefield Cup (2014). In the most powerful display in the history of chess, he won the first 7 games of the tournament - against Topalov (twice), Vachier-Lagrave (twice), Carlsen, Aronian and Nakamura before drawing with Carlsen in their return game in round 8 (having missed a winning chance), whereupon he clinched first place with 7.5/8 with two rounds to spare ahead of a shell-shocked field, an unassailable 3 points clear of Carlsen. This historic result also lifted his live rating to near record levels, eclipsing all except Carlsen and Kasparov.

Rapid:

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. He placed =2nd with 10.5/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), half a point behind the winner Carlsen, but managed to retain his number one ranking in the rapid form of the game. He also competed in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), but his 11.5/21 was insufficient to move his blitz rating by more than a point.

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 played for the Italian team Obiettivo Risarcimento in the European Club Cup (2014). 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 & 2012), 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, 2012 and 2014 Olympiads.

Ratings:

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

<Standard> 2839 (Italian #1; world #2);

<Rapid> 2858 (world #1);

<Blitz> 2695 (world #44).

Personal:

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

Sources and references:

Wikipedia article: Fabiano Caruana; (1): Chessbase biography: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... (2): http://www.fide.com/component/conte...; (3) Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; (4): Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz, 2002

Last updated 4 Nov 2014


 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 973  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. Caruana vs B Karen  ½-½27 2002 Nassau FuturityB27 Sicilian
5. B Karen vs Caruana  ½-½30 2002 Nassau FuturityC60 Ruy Lopez
6. Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz 1-045 2002 New York September ActionB27 Sicilian
7. Caruana vs J Langreck  ½-½53 2003 World OpenB30 Sicilian
8. R K Delaune vs Caruana  1-051 2003 World Open: Open SectionA16 English
9. Caruana vs R Ziatdinov 0-122 2003 World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Caruana vs E Tate  0-121 2003 59th NY MastersB40 Sicilian
11. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-040 2004 Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
12. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Caruana vs S Farago 1-060 2004 FSIM JuneB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½59 2004 120th NY MastersB53 Sicilian
15. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½16 2005 FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
16. Caruana vs R Torma  ½-½51 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
17. Tri Hoang vs Caruana  0-136 2005 FSIM DecemberA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Caruana vs B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
19. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
20. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
21. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
22. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
24. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-138 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
25. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-021 2005 FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
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Dec-12-14  Whitehat1963: So, waa Caruana's recent surge in the ratings merely an aberration? He suddenly seems to be very mortal again. Meanwhile, Giri has taken off for a moment. Let's see how long that lasts.

So far, the only player I see who is able to sustain his incredible gains has been Carlsen.

Dec-12-14  fisayo123: <Whitehat1963> The manner of the surge meant he was never going to maintain it. Unfortunately, that attracts comments from fools such as <MissScarlett> and other nonentities.
Dec-12-14
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  MarkFinan: Don't forget me fiasco.. I also said Caruana isn't WCC material, lol✌
Dec-12-14
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  MarkFinan: Why not make a draw in that game and take your chances in the final game, with the white pieces?

<<Vishy probably didn’t believe in the possibility of beating Magnus in the deciding game. In fact the only time he managed to win in the match it occurred due to Carlsen choosing a terrible variation. In the remaining games he didn’t come close and, it seems, he didn’t really believe in his chances of succeeding in the final encounter.>>

I totally agree with that btw. That's a pretty telling interview with Caruana.

Dec-13-14
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  Jambow: Nobody is WC material with Carlsen in the mix without there are probably ten that have a shot. It seems that Caruana is the next best player at least for now. He is still the only other player over 2800 even while slipping back. He has shown the most consistent improvement along with matching up better with Carlsen than anyone else near the top.

I'm pretty sure odds makers would give Caruana the best shot if it was calculated today. Nobody thinks he would run away with the championship or even be the favorite, but I sure think his odds are better than Anand's and I would like to see this match up more than any other.

Dec-13-14
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  Jambow: <fisayo123> While he shot up quickly to nearly 2850 certainly he steadily marched to 2800. He might just get on another roll. Those who claimed he arrived and Carlsen was doomed went way over board, yet those who claim he is a fluke haven't been watching his progress it seems. Too much hyperbole and not enough rational evaluation imho not that I place you in that group by any means.
Dec-13-14
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  Absentee: One loss, ONE, and suddenly Caruana's finished.
Dec-13-14  SugarDom: I have a theory, Caruana only had 3 players to prepare for in the Sinquefeld cup, unlike in the grand prix and London classic.

He will be a mean match player. I think he's got about 40% chance of beating Carlsen in a WC match.

Dec-13-14  fisayo123: <SugarDom> FOUR actually. And let's not forget he won the Grand Prix in Baku immediately after Sinqufield and was 3rd in his very first attempt in the previous Grand Prix cycle, a very impressive feat and narrowly missing out on the Candidates by 10 points.

The terrible spacing of the last Grand Prix certainly didn't help, a mere 5 days I think it was, no thanks to the incompetence of FIDE, changing venues at a whim.

Dec-13-14  fisayo123: <Jambow> Perfectly said.
Dec-13-14
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  cro777: Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard economics professor and grandmaster, called Caruana's game “Shakespearean,” explaining that Fabiano is harnessing ideas that are available to any player and elevating them to a level surpassing poetry.

“He does things that any player can understand, but does them so much better. In that, he’s like Fischer.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/f...

Dec-15-14  MissScarlett: <The terrible spacing of the last Grand Prix certainly didn't help, a mere 5 days I think it was, no thanks to the incompetence of FIDE, changing venues at a whim.>

Pay attention. The switch of venue involved Tehran, the third leg of the Grand Prix, not Tashkent.

Dec-15-14  metatron2: Regarding Caruana chances as real challenger for Carlsen: For me the fact that he is a consistent weak blitz player (relative to the top elite of course), is more of an indication about his true skills, than his latest bad run in classical chess.

All the dominating players were also dominating in blitz (Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen, Capa, Hou Yifan,..). Chess genius can just see the correct path without thinking much, and those who don't have that in them are simply not chess geniuses. (It doesn't go the other way around of course. Nakamura is a great blitz player but he is very far from a chess genius of course.)

And if Caruana is not going to be a real tough challenger for Carlsen, then it is difficult to see who will be, which is not very good for chess..

Currently Grischuk looks very good, and he is also a great blitz player, however, it seems like he waited too long before starting to work seriously on his chess. I always considered him a top level talent, but I think that he missed the train regarding becoming a WC.

Dec-15-14  john barleycorn: <metatron2> seeing how Anand is doing I would not count Grishuk out. I don't think he missed the train, the train was just late.
Dec-15-14  AsosLight: <Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard economics professor and grandmaster, called Caruana's game “Shakespearean,” explaining that Fabiano is harnessing ideas that are available to any player and elevating them to a level surpassing poetry.

“He does things that any player can understand, but does them so much better. In that, he’s like Fischer.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/f...

I hope this is a sign that he stopped talking about economics where he has no idea whatsoever and started again spent more time in chess where he has the only talent God gave him... a mediocre one nevertheless.

Dec-15-14
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  WannaBe: At least Rogoff didn't make a donkey of hisself after being over charged $4 by a Chinese restaurant. =))
Dec-15-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi metatron2,

I don't think we can dismiss Caruana as a challenger to Carlsen because he does win elite Blitz tournaments.

He might not like playing blitz, quite a few strong players don't. (Botvinnik played one 5 minute game in his life.)

Fabiano probably has a finely tuned pre-move ritual that he goes through selecting his candidate move that does not adjust to blitz chess.

"Playing rapid chess, one can lose the habit of concentrating for several hours in serious chess. That is why, if a player has big aims, he should limit his rapidplay in favour of serious chess." – Kramnik.

Caruana was out of form at London after a sparkling summer. He needs a rest to re-charge the batteries. He is possibly chess'd out. I don't think we can label him as a 'has been' at 23 just because he does not shine at blitz.

Dec-15-14  metatron2: <john barleycorn: seeing how Anand is doing I would not count Grishuk out>

Since he lost his title, Anand is playing well for his age, however, he didn't improve his game compared to his younger year - on the contrary.

And Grischuk still has quite a way to go in order to be around Carlsen's level, and that is the most difficult path to go. I believe that one needs to make that special leap that separates him from the rest of the top players, when he is young.

I think that Grischuk might have had that ultra rare talent in him, and things could have been much different for him, had he took chess much more seriously in his early twenties, instead of focusing on other things such as poker..

Dec-16-14  metatron2: <Sally Simpson: I don't think we can label him as a 'has been' at 23>

Of course I never said Caruana is 'has been', on the contrary, I said that his latest bad run is not the real indication for me regarding Caruana's chess future.

Caruana's future is a head of him, and obviously he is not a 'has been'. I just don't think that his chess talent is on the level of a chess genius, otherwise he would have grasped the essence of the position naturally, in no time, and could have calculated easily and naturally. But his blitz level indicates otherwise.

And I am not talking about "win elite Blitz tournaments" or "like playing blitz", I am talking about Caruana's blitz level when he is participating in blitz tourneys (and he does). His blitz rating is below 2700, which doesn't even place him as a "decent" elite blitz player.

Dec-16-14
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  Shams: <Botvinnik played one 5 minute game in his life.>

But did he dominate it?

Dec-16-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Shams,

He said it was on a train in 1929!

I'm guessing he missed his stop (or lost) and never played it again.

Hi metatron2,

"His blitz rating is below 2700, which doesn't even place him as a "decent" elite blitz player."

I would not hold too much stock in blitz ability v classical games. It is a different game. I've no idea where Fabiano is in this blitz grading list (and I'm sure he does not lose sleep over it.) but I bet there are players above him who he has + OTB score in classical chess.

Nor would I class any living chess player as a genius. That word is banded around like confetti.

Morphy and Tal. Nobody taught them to do what they could do. (Though without a doubt Tal had Morphy's games as an indicator of what could be done. Tal put his own unique spin on them.) Only they deserve the tag 'genius' but that is just my opinon.

Dec-16-14
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  Appaz: <metatron2> It's a very interesting parallel you draw between strength in blitz and raw chess talent - the ability to just "feel" the position.

Caruana is known for being a workhorse and an exceptionally precise "calculator" - which gave him full return in Sinquefield, were he showed brilliant preparations and computer precise play (when Stockfish caught up) - but also as a relatively weak blitz player.

Depending on top-notch calculating and preparations may prove to be an Achilles' heel for him.

Dec-16-14  MissScarlett: <I would not hold too much stock in blitz ability v classical games. It is a different game.>

What's confusing is that he's rated #1 in rapidplay. But given there's a lot less rapidplay chess played at the top level than classical or blitz, I don't know how much credence to give to those ratings.

Dec-16-14
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  Appaz: Could Fab draw a World Champion match game in this state?

http://media.washtimes.com/media/im...

That's blindfold, horizontal chess - you got to have <real> talent to master that! :)

Dec-16-14  SugarDom: <MissScarlett: <I would not hold too much stock in blitz ability v classical games. It is a different game.> What's confusing is that he's rated #1 in rapidplay. But given there's a lot less rapidplay chess played at the top level than classical or blitz, I don't know how much credence to give to those ratings.>

Rapid play is 25 min plus 10 seconds increment. That's a lot of time. I've been proposing that actually "rapid" should be the new "standard".

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