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Caruana 
European Chess Team Championship, Warsaw.
Photo by Przemyslaw Jahr, Nov 15, 2013.
 
Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 1,028
Years covered: 1999 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2803 (2829 rapid, 2679 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2844
Overall record: +315 -141 =384 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      188 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (130) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B31
 Ruy Lopez (104) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C84 C92 C89 C99 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B96
 Slav (24) 
    D12 D11 D16 D10 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B42 B43 B40 B33 B41
 Ruy Lopez (72) 
    C78 C69 C67 C80 C92
 Grunfeld (55) 
    D85 D70 D90 D97 D92
 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 Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Carlsen, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Karjakin, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   Airports Authority of India (2011)
   Russian Team Championship (2009)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Fabiano Caruana and the Bishop Pair by Lupara
   Ruy Lopez Closed(2) by Volcach
   large collection by 1d410
   personalstudy by 1d410
   2014 World Chess Championship/Other Tournaments by wanabe2000
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   Berlin Endgame and Less Common Spanish Lines by Zhbugnoimt
   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. The following tournament in which he participated, the London Chess Classic (2014), was something of an anticlimax, placing last in a field of six and shedding 9 rating points.

2015 started with his participation in the Tata Steel (2015), where he placed 7th with 7/13. It was followed by a mediocre performance in the standard section of the RR category 22 Zurich Chess Challenge (2015), where he scored 2/5 to finish 4th behind Anand, Nakamura and Kramnik, ahead of Karjakin and Aronian on tiebreak. An even worse performance in the second part of the event, the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2015), where he not only finished last but relinquished his world #1 rapid player status, left him in 5th place overall. He regained some form in the Gashimov Memorial (2015) where he placed =3rd (4th on tiebreak) with 5/9 alongside Wesley So and behind the winner Carlsen and runner-up Anand.

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. His highest official standard rating to date was 2844 in October 2014. His highest ranking to date has been world #2, a position he occupied from October 2014 until April 2015 inclusive.

His live rating peaked at 2851.3 on 8 October 2014 after his seventh straight win in round 7 of the Sinquefield Cup. This live rating has only been exceeded by Kasparov and Carlsen.

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 25 May 2015


 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,029  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 E Tate  0-121 2003 59th NY MastersB40 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 J Langreck  ½-½53 2003 World Open: Open SectionB30 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 B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
16. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
17. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
18. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
19. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-138 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
22. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-021 2005 FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
23. O Katsuhara vs Caruana  0-141 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
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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May-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: If it were up to me, I'd play Nakamura on board one, So on board two, and Caruana on board three. Possibly even So on board one - he certainly knows how to draw. But Caruana would definitely be a deadly ace in the hole on board three.
May-13-15  SirRuthless: Honestly, I'd put Shankland on one. He is a drawing machine no matter the opponent's strength. I'd let the others draw straws for the lower boards with the simple instructions to dominate.
May-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiskeyrebel: This is great news. Bottoms up!
May-13-15  Oxnard: I thought you guys called him a traitor? Have you changed your minds now that he's sold out?
May-13-15  ketchuplover: I'm playing the top board :)
May-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  pontiopilato286: Welcome back, Fabiano!! Welcome to the US Chess dream team 2015.
May-13-15  epistle: But what about Italy? Its a country too with real people.
May-13-15  schweigzwang: They still have Italy.
May-13-15  fgh: A new photo of Caruana would be nice.
May-13-15  dumbgai: Welcome back. I wouldn't be so quick to start counting our team trophies though, the highest rated teams don't always win. You never know when your guys will suddenly have a bad tournament, or if some other team catches fire (like China last year).
May-13-15  jsy: Yes, but you have to be good enough to win it all in order to have a realistic chance to win it all. Now Team USA is good enough for gold...
May-13-15  SirRuthless: I'd say good enough to compete for podiums for the next few olympiad cycles barring the unforseen. I feel shankland is underrated and very solid. Robson is still getting stronger all the time. What this could mean is that Onischuk, Kamsky and Akobian might be getting pushed out. Slots on the bottom boards will become hotly contested if they weren't already.
May-14-15  FairyPromotion: <Absentee: Which reminds me of...

Biel (2014)>

Lol, good call. There is also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-u...

All jokes aside, this will make the next Olympiad a lot more interesting. Previously Russia was always the clear #1 in average rating, but by next year USA and China will likely be very close to them.

May-14-15  dumbgai: Well there was a time around 13-14 years ago (when Naka was still an IM or low-level GM) when something like 9 of the top 10 players in the USA were all former Soviet players (Seirawan being the exception).

Shabalov, Kaidanov, Gulko, Yermolinsky, Ivanov, and those guys.

May-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  rogge: "So they are indeed buying nerds" :)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/...

May-18-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: New (and much better) photo of Fabiano!
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Above all, not to lower the demands you put on yourself. You have to work constantly without giving yourself breaks or concessions. It’s very important, in my view, to constantly maintain your form i.e. constantly to be in the game. You need to be “up to date”, and if you don’t sit down directly at the board you should study and follow what’s going on around you... You should keep improving, always finding and learning something new for yourself. If you’re talented and do all that you’ll keep growing. I don’t think there’s any other recipe for self-improvement> - Fabiano Caruana, in answer to the question “What does a professional chess player need to do in order to keep growing?” (From an interview at Why Chess by Evgeny Atarov)
May-22-15  TheFocus: <The appearance of computers has dramatically altered the situation. Now you can make progress quite quickly: on account of talent and constant study. But, after rising to a certain level, it becomes very, very hard to become stronger> - Fabiano Caruana, (interviewed by Evgeny Atarov at Why Chess).
May-23-15  TheFocus: <I was born and grew up in the USA. But at some point it became clear that for a professional chess player it is better and more convenient to live in Europe. Here all important and strong tournaments take place. Everything is very close; you don't have to waste time for travels and acclimatization> - Fabiano Caruana (interviewed during the 2009 FIDE World Cup).
May-25-15  KnightVBishop: between Fabiano and Magnus..who do you guys think has more raw chess understanding?
May-26-15  SirRuthless: CONGRATULATIONS FABIANO! At only age 22, Fabiano has the chess world by the short and curlies. He will probably become WC at some point or another not only because of his superior theoretical knowledge and chess talent but also because he will probably still be playing after Magnus has reached his zenith so whether he does it in the Magnus era or not is irrelevant. I see Fabiano in the cloth of Anand and Gelfand; he will be a lifelong student of the game. He could be playing into his 40s and making new theoretical developments even then. His style doesn't depend on brute force calculation so much as subtle positional understanding and he does not rely on speed but clear analysis. Caruana is the new number one US player(by a thin margin) in my mind and will only go up from here!
May-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: A contrast of two chess warriors:

<Fabiano Caruana
‏@FabianoCaruana

The tournament was far from easy, but with a (too) solid draw in the final round I shared 1st place and qualified for the 2016 Candidates!>

Followed by:

<Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru · 6h 6 hours ago

The reason I qualified! ;)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CF8DEoT...

>

May-26-15  savagerules: Looking at the above photo of Caruana- I for some reason think of old songs like Maybe Baby, Heartbeat, Everyday, Peggy Sue, It's So Easy, That'll Be the Day and I also hear the chirping of crickets.
May-26-15  KnightVBishop: <SirRuthless> why do you think Caruana has greater chess understanding than Magnus?
May-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <savegerules: I also hear the chirping of crickets.>

That'll be the day...

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_image...

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