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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 940
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2844 (2858 rapid, 2695 blitz)
Overall record: +303 -134 =345 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      158 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (122) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B80
 Ruy Lopez (94) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C19
 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 (78) 
    B42 B43 B40 B33 B51
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C69 C80 C67 C92
 Grunfeld (50) 
    D85 D70 D90 D97 D86
 Slav (42) 
    D12 D10 D18 D11 D17
 Sicilian Kan (34) 
    B42 B43 B41
 French Defense (30) 
    C03 C02 C00 C07 C18
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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)
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Airports Authority of India (2011)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   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
   umyamin's favorite games by umyamin
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   personalstudy by 1d410
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   CARUANA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   2014 Sharjah GP/Sinquefield Cup/Bilbao by wanabe2000
   Game Collections by Jimmy W
   Ruy Lopez GTM by pbalak

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(born Jul-30-1992, 22 years old) 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. 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.


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.


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

<Standard> 2844 (Italian #1; world #2);

<Rapid> 2858 (world #1);

<Blitz> 2695 (world #44).


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 38; games 1-25 of 940  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs C Bean 1-023 1999 G45D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Caruana vs R Hess 1-031 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
3. Caruana vs S Iermito  1-036 2001 Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC58 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. Caruana vs E Tate  0-121 2003 59th NY MastersB40 Sicilian
9. R K Delaune vs Caruana  1-051 2003 World Open: Open SectionA16 English
10. Caruana vs R Ziatdinov 0-122 2003 World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
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. E Kahn vs Caruana  1-044 2005 FSIM JuneA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½16 2005 FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
17. Caruana vs R Torma  ½-½51 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
18. Tri Hoang vs Caruana  0-136 2005 FSIM DecemberA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Caruana vs B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
20. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
21. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
22. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
23. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-138 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
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Oct-22-14  gokusano: C'mmon mark, you're over emphatic with your rant. That's his impression about frogbert and he is pretty objective about it. Frogbert's knowledge about chess and its history is pretty amazing, yet his tactless demeanor is pretty annoying. But I respect frogbert as a person the same manner I respect you. We all have our story to tell and with divergent opinions. I do like rolfo who is as cool as norwegian winter.
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  MarkFinan: <Frogbert's knowledge about chess and its history is pretty amazing, yet his tactless demeanor is pretty annoying.>

Well I think that if he was annoying then the people calling him "a troll!" in his absence should have put him on ignore, back then. You phrase it as "tactless demeanour", and that's fair enough, but the people calling him a troll need a reality check. They should just say that they had different opinions, but it's absolutely pathetic to call someone like frogbert a troll. It's just ridiculous.

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  Jim Bartle: <frogbert> was not a troll in any sense of the word. He was one of the most intelligent kibitzers ever on this site. It's our loss that he never posts here now.
Oct-22-14  bugabay: Your loss and not mine...good riddance....
Oct-23-14  fisayo123: Let me just add that I don't think at all there's going to be a Carlsen-Caruana era. It's a bit silly to suggest such a thing off the back of 5 months of great chess from Fabiano. He fully deserves the praise he's received for his powerful play and the chess Oscar for 2014, but he's yet to show the levels of consistency Carlsen has shown in the last 5 years.

It's also a tad dismissive of the younger generation, the likes of Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, Karjakin, Rapport and further down the line Artemiev, Wei Yi, Sevian, Xiong and even further down the line (!) Matviishen, Kozak, Esipenko, Liang, Sarin and Abdusattorov! Even if Caruana was to reach the level of Carlsen, who is to say none of those names above wouldn't reach the levels of Carlsen and Caruana. The era of Kasparov-Karpov is something that probably won't be seen again for another 50-100 years, especially in this era of powerful chess engines where chess information is readily available for young grandmasters.

Carlsen is the strongest player in the world and the player I'll have the most confidence in playing the best moves on demand. Caruana has had a better year. It happens.

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  Absentee: <bugabay: He was a troll....who cherry picked mumbo jumbo statactics that suited his purpose best or needs>

You mean like "Wesley - first after round 4"?

Oct-23-14  bugabay: <You mean like "Wesley - first after round 4"?>

And the 4th became the first....Wes is the King of the open tourney...tourneys that the pampered bets avoided for the longest time....that's the truth.

Oct-23-14  bugabay: <Carlsen is the strongest player in the world and the player I'll have the most confidence in playing the best moves on demand.>

How can you honestly say that he is the strongest player in the world if he hasn't beat Wesley???? Perhaps you meant the strongest player in the fishbowl and I will agree. Carlsen has been playing games with the same players over and over and over again....

Wesley moves with engine like precision... so in match between him now, Wes in all probability will have no difficulty in beating Carlsen.

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  MarkFinan: <Wesley moves with engine like precision... so in match between him now, Wes in all probability will have no difficulty in beating Carlsen.>

Tolly. I'd be worried about you if you actually believed the things that you say.

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  Jim Bartle: Notice he said "match," not "game." If it doesn't work out according to his prediction he can just say it was a tournament, not a match.
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  MarkFinan: In a 10 game match Wes Wes would struggle to get 1 1/2 points against Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Anand etc etc.

Jim. Only Tolly believes what Tolly says, even the die hard So fans know full well he couldn't beat those guys named above.

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  Jim Bartle: < In a 10 game match Wes Wes would struggle to get 1 1/2 points against Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana, Anand etc etc.>

I'm not sure of that at all. So seems to be a formidable player.

Oct-23-14  fisayo123: That's complete rubbush. Even an ordinary 2500+ GM would have a better score than 1 1/2 points let alone So, who is one of the best players in the world.
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  Absentee: Let's not exaggerate, eh? A very strong player, yes. One of the best in the world, no.
Oct-23-14  nok: <So, who is one of the best players in the world> Indeed. Some people used to laugh when the 26+ So was compared to the elite, but guess what, bugabay knew better.
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  MarkFinan: I guess we'll see when he swims through the open seas to the safety of the goldfish bowl, lol.
Oct-23-14  SirRuthless: Wesley So is a beast. I doubt he'd have much trouble vs the world's top 10 at all because HE IS IN THE TOP TEN YOU OAF.
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  MarkFinan: So after years of calling the So-ettes numpties, you now all believe he's ready for Carlsen?? Wrong page guys, get to Wes Wes's page and spread the joy, lol.

Tolly?? Take them swimming! Haha. ✌

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  MarkFinan: <1971: you could pass it off as what you honestly feel although <<<we>>> see through it>

Well then whoever <<we>> are (You should only speak for yourself, never for others) you're all as wrong as is humanly possible, because I don't say things I don't believe.

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  MarkFinan: <Sep-04-14 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2014 MarkFinan: I don't think I've ever wanted Magnus Carlsen to lose a game because he's by far my favourite player, but I really want Caruana to do this.. 8/8 ? Come on ✌>

Just a repost because the admins saw fit to delete.

<MarkFinan: "I'm sick and tired of hearing things from uptight, short sighted, narrow minded hypocrites!" - John Lennon. 'Gimme some truth'.>

Another repost because the admins didn't delete.✌

Oct-23-14  bugabay: <Jim. Only Tolly believes what Tolly says, even the die hard So fans know full well he couldn't beat those guys named above.>

How can he....they were all hiding from the mercy of the organizers....

Wes has arrived and he is here to stay...the hide and seek game is over... there's no where else to run...Wes will inflict wounds from his razor sharp teeth for all the world to see....and you all are lucky to be alive to see it live.

Oct-23-14  bugabay: <nok: <So, who is one of the best players in the world> Indeed. Some people used to laugh when the 26+ So was compared to the elite, but guess what, bugabay knew better.>

It has bee written, it is now being it...for your pleasure.

<"And it shall come to pass that the Fourth will be First, and the low rated shall rise, and the mighty shall be fallen...."

"By these signs ye shall know Him: He who rises from the East and gains points numbering two thousands and six hundreds before his fifteenth year, shall come what may remain the greatest player. He shall qualify and will not be pampered, and He shall not lose nor suffer defeat."

"And for three years He shall rest, gaining but few points, as He bides His time awaiting the fulfillment of his destiny and realization of a prophecy- the coming of the true chess messiah...">

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  MarkFinan: <Wes will inflict wounds from his razor sharp teeth for all the world to see....and you all are lucky to be alive to see it live.>

He's only beat Gelfand out of the goldfish, Tolly. How come the other young kids have played the elite in the elite tournaments yet Wes Wes hasn't? Just be serious for once. I like Wes So, I think he seems to be a nice lad, but how has he reached the top ten without playing any of the top ten?? Once he's reached the goldfish bowl (I can't believe I'm buying into the PG theory!) he'll be exposed for fishfood! And guess what? When I say "I told you so" I'll be accused of trolling.

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  perfidious: <Mark....How come the other young kids have played the elite in the elite tournaments yet Wes Wes hasn't? Just be serious for once. I like Wes So, I think he seems to be a nice lad, but how has he reached the top ten without playing any of the top ten??>

Long and short of it is this: look to those lost years of 2009-12, where he never got out of the 2650-2680 rut. A number of solid, workmanlike, yet unspectacular results. A period of three years is an aeon in the development of a putative aspirant for the world title. It was only at the end of 2012 that Wesley even cracked 2680, after peaking at 2674 as early as summer 2010.

Oct-23-14  bugabay: <It was only at the end of 2012 that Wesley even cracked 2680, after peaking at 2674 as early as summer 2010.>

The prophecy has been appears your ears are still full of wax....

<"And for three years He shall rest, gaining but few points, as He bides His time awaiting the fulfillment of his destiny and realization of a prophecy- >

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