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Caruana 
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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 900
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2789 (2858 rapid, 2696 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2796
Overall record: +283 -129 =330 (60.4%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (117) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B80
 Ruy Lopez (87) 
    C67 C84 C65 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (33) 
    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 (65) 
    C78 C69 C80 C92 C84
 Grunfeld (49) 
    D85 D70 D90 D86 D76
 Slav (41) 
    D12 D10 D18 D11 D17
 Sicilian Kan (33) 
    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
   Caruana vs A Giri, 2012 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 0-1
   Caruana vs Carlsen, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Kramnik, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Negi, 2011 1-0
   Caruana vs Aronian, 2014 1-0
   Caruana vs Vallejo-Pons, 2008 1-0
   Anand vs Caruana, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   Corus (Group B) (2009)
   Airports Authority of India (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Russian Team Championship (2009)
   4th Young Stars of the World (2006)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   2008 Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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FABIANO CARUANA
(born Jul-30-1992) 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ratings:

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

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

<Rapid> 2840;

<Blitz> 2697.

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


 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  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 Wojtkiewicz 1-045 2002 New York September ActionB27 Sicilian
5. Caruana vs B Karen  ½-½27 2002 Nassau FuturityB27 Sicilian
6. B Karen vs Caruana  ½-½30 2002 Nassau FuturityC60 Ruy Lopez
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. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½59 2004 120th NY MastersB53 Sicilian
11. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-040 2004 Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
13. Caruana vs S Farago 1-060 2004 FSIM JuneB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-021 2005 FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
15. O Katsuhara vs Caruana  0-141 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
16. Tri Hoang vs Caruana  0-136 2005 FSIM DecemberA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L Eperjesi vs Caruana  ½-½27 2005 FSIM JuneD85 Grunfeld
18. Caruana vs S Farago  1-061 2005 FSIM JuneB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. E Kahn vs Caruana  1-044 2005 FSIM JuneA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½16 2005 FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
21. Caruana vs R Torma  ½-½51 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
22. Caruana vs B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
23. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
24. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
25. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-20-14  MissScarlett: I think <dx9293> was referring to the altitude sickness. Onward and upward.
Jul-20-14  Penguincw: According to 2700chess.com, Caruana's current rating is 2801, but he has hit 2801.7 twice (yesterday and one other time).
Jul-20-14  MissScarlett: Danny Gormally hit a 2800 once.
Jul-20-14  Daisuki: Congratulations to Caruana for being the seventh player (and second youngest by each player's age at the time of his respective achievement) to achieve a 2800+ official FIDE rating. I hope he continues to do well and makes more progress with his game.
Jul-20-14  eyalbd: In the past there where K-K struggles. My guess for the future is C-C battles
Jul-21-14  piltdown man: Congratulations to Fab on breaking the 2800 barrier. And I loved <MissScarlett's> comment on Gormally!
Jul-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  virginmind: Congratulations, Fabiano Caruana, for passing 2800 points ELO!
Jul-21-14  Strongest Force: Yeah, MS, Gormally hit the big 2800 when he was drunk.
Jul-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: Not only did Caruana hit 2800, but he's also in prime striking range to try to take Aronian's spot as world #2. With that rank comes invitations to basically every top tournament in the world, and being able to finally set his sights on Carlsen.
Jul-21-14  fisayo123: <Kinghunt> Regardless of being 2nd or not you can argue he gets invited to basically every important super-tournament these days.
Jul-21-14  csmath: Caruana is a prime asset to any tournament. He plays topical theoretically important chess, positionally sound, testing excellent ideas, always at the forefront of the theory. Most importantly he plays on top notch quality level as I have seen so all the games he plays are worth analyzing. I do not see any other player that does that currently. I look forward to every game he plays.

This is the best player to invite anywhere.

Jul-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Kinghunt: While I agree that Caruana is a stand out player, up until recently, I believe Caruana was "grouped" with Grischuk, Nakamura, Karjakin, and Kramnik. Event organizers would typically pick 3 of the 5, give or take. His play recently (including but not limited to Dortmund) has elevated him out of that group and into the group with Carlsen and Aronian, and getting more or less automatic invitations everywhere.
Jul-24-14  Conrad93: In my opinion, Caruana is stronger than Aronian as of now. The rating difference is only four points, but it's not just that.

Caruana has been consistently breaking his all-time rating, while Aronian has been dropping points.

Jul-24-14  Conrad93: < While I agree that Caruana is a stand out player, up until recently, I believe Caruana was "grouped" with Grischuk, Nakamura, Karjakin, and Kramnik. Event organizers would typically pick 3 of the 5, give or take. His play recently (including but not limited to Dortmund) has elevated him out of that group and into the group with Carlsen and Aronian, and getting more or less automatic invitations everywhere.> No, Caruana has always been a player who has been the likeliest contender for the crown.

Kramnik is too old, and Aronian's performance has been nowhere near as good as Caruana's.

Maybe we will see a Caruana-Carlsen WC match in 2016.

Jul-24-14  Conrad93: It would be more interesting than seeing Anand crushed in the current WC.
Jul-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <conrag.....Caruana has always been a player who has been the likeliest contender for the crown.>

<Kinghunt> has it right on this one--in no wise has Caruana been the standout who could be tipped for a shot at the title above all others.

<.....Aronian's performance has been nowhere near as good as Caruana's.>

If that is so, maybe you can explain why Aronian has been consistently ranked second or third overall, ahead of Caruana, for us. The trait these players have shared is an erratic streak which enables them to win events ahead of even Carlsen, yet turn in clunkers which the Norwegian never does, as he is tremendously consistent in his performance.

Jul-25-14  Conrad93: Aornian has been 30-40 points above the rest of the top 10. He can afford to lose points.

Ability wise, he is nowhere near the second best player in the world and you know it.

Jul-25-14  Conrad93: <The trait these players have shared is an erratic streak which enables them to win events ahead of even Carlsen, yet turn in clunkers which the Norwegian never does, as he is tremendously consistent in his performance.>

Consistency is something Caruana has over Aronian.

Jul-25-14  shintaro go: Remember the time when Radjabov and Karjakin were considered future WC contenders? Now it's Caruana who is being touted as the best candidate to challenge Magnus. Hope they have a lengthy rivalry
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <conrag> How 'bout an even score for Caruana at Zurich Chess Challenge (2014)? At Tata Steel (2014), he was +1 while Aronian went +5.

Seems to an objective observer that such results are not the stuff of which the foremost threat to Carlsen's crown are made.

Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: Caruana has a few factors in his favour: he's young, 9 years younger than Aronian, has been improving slowly but steadily and above all has a very respectable score against Carlsen in recent years (the only player, off the top of my head). If it gets to a match, I'm inclined too to think that among the various players Caruana is the most likely to beat Carlsen in a match. It doesn't mean his chances would be stellar (I'd still bet on Carlsen), just better, I believe, than, say, Aronian's or Grischuk's.
Jul-25-14  SirRuthless: Caruana's greatest strength is in two areas imo. The best prep out there is one of them and lack of fanciful chess is another. He seems to be totally objective about his game and the game in general. Both are massive assets and now he finds himself near pole position a week before his 22nd birthday. The sky is the limit for him. I do believe he will be the one to take down Carlsen but that battle is probably a couple of cycles away. Anand will not go down without a fight and Aronian is fully capable of winning a cycle or two before Caruana hits full bloom. On the other hand, Caruana might have a year that sees him hit 2900 and he could totally bypass Aronian in the pecking order but I wouldn't put him up there just yet regardless of what the ratings say. Caruana is on a high and Aronian is near a low right now. Let us see where this goes.
Jul-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Early happy birthday to Fabiano and moi :)
Jul-30-14  Penguincw: Happy Birthday 22nd birthday to Super GM Fabiano Caruana, and welcome (almost) to the 2800 club!
Jul-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: Tanti auguri/congratulations Fabiano!
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