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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 937
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2844 (2858 rapid, 2695 blitz)
Overall record: +303 -133 =343 (60.9%)*
   * 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 (121) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B31
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C84 C92 C89 C99 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    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 B) (2009)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Russian Team Championship (2009)
   FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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   2014 Sharjah GP/Sinquefield Cup/Bilbao by wanabe2000
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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 937  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. 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 E Tate  0-121 2003 59th NY MastersB40 Sicilian
11. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½59 2004 120th NY MastersB53 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. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-040 2004 Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
15. L Eperjesi vs Caruana  ½-½27 2005 FSIM JuneD85 Grunfeld
16. Caruana vs S Farago  1-061 2005 FSIM JuneB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. E Kahn vs Caruana  1-044 2005 FSIM JuneA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½16 2005 FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
19. Caruana vs R Torma  ½-½51 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
20. Caruana vs B Lengyel  1-047 2005 FSIM JuneC24 Bishop's Opening
21. Caruana vs Z Erdelyi  1-026 2005 FSIM MayB40 Sicilian
22. Caruana vs M Galyas  0-150 2005 FSIM JuneC18 French, Winawer
23. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
24. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Oct-12-14  1971: Carlsen hasn't been as dominant the past couple months, losing lots of games and missing clear wins. Between his losses to Carlsen in the Olympiad and Andreikin here, Caruana went a Fischer like 21.5/27 where he crushed most of his opponents in less than 40 moves and was playing perfect start to finish, 14 points away from being the #1 rated player in the world, there was no doubt as to who was playing the best chess up until a couple days ago. How many other people in history had that kind of run against the world's best? I bet they were all world champions.
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  chancho: The impressive run at Sinquefield was a once in a lifetime feat imo.

He could not sustain that level of play indefinitely.

He remains one of the best players in the world and it will be huge for the game and it's chess fans to see Fabiano play Carlsen in a match someday.

Oct-12-14  1971: The run from Sinquefield up until his loss to Andreikin.

21.5/27 Just a dominant performance for a 22 year old player still on the rise.

Oct-12-14  MissScarlett: I can only echo my post of October 4th: <This guy's a loser; he'll never see 2845 again!>
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  tamar: Only question is whether Caruana is up there with Fischer and Magnus, as St Louis strongly suggested, or whether he is a super-incarnation of Reuben Fine, who had brief success beating everybody at AVRO 1938 before coming down to earth in the second half of that tournament.

Tashkent could be hard for him, if he is playing, because he has to be exhausted.

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  MarkFinan: <tamar: Only question is whether Caruana is up there with Fischer and Magnus>

I could think of other questions!? But to answer that one, then in short. No.

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  tamar: One positive factor today was Caruana continued his press conference streak of pointing out the strongest continuations.

He showed Grischuk 23 exd5 gives White a risk free position with a pawn up, and later 46 Kf1 which would have avoided the tactics that allowed Black to win.

So he is still seeing extremely clearly, but something is off.

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  MarkFinan: <SugarDom: Where are the newly-minted Caruana fanboys who's been touting Caruana as the best player in the planet right now, even better than Carlsen?>

For once I agree with Spud. Cheers Garech must be typing a lengthy post right now, basically explaining that he jumped on the bandwagon that has now come to an abrupt halt. "The whole chess world are calling him the new Fischer!". 🆗

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  Appaz: My impression is that Caruana has been quite active this year, but I'm too lazy right now to compare to other players or find out this is typical for him. Carlsen also had some very active years on his way up before settling on a slower pace.

Maybe the time has come for Caruana to consider lowering his tournament frequency.

Does anyone know when and where he will play next?

Oct-12-14  1971: <tamar: One positive factor today was Caruana continued his press conference streak of pointing out the strongest continuations.

He showed Grischuk 23 exd5 gives White a risk free position with a pawn up, and later 46 Kf1 which would have avoided the tactics that allowed Black to win.

He showed Grischuk 23 exd5 gives White a risk free position with a pawn up, and later 46 Kf1 which would have avoided the tactics that allowed Black to win. So he is still seeing extremely clearly, but something is off.>

That's important to note. he was already under severe time pressure at the point in the game after spending 37 minutes on the 5th move. One small subtlety with 46. Kf1 and white maintains his edge and Grischuk is still in time trouble.

<Only question is whether Caruana is up there with Fischer and Magnus, as St Louis strongly suggested, or whether he is a super-incarnation of Reuben Fine, who had brief success beating everybody at AVRO 1938 before coming down to earth in the second half of that tournament.>

I don't know how long AVRO was but we're talking a 27 run game in Caruana's case and there has been a steady build-up in his career that led to these past couple moments, his results have gradually gotten better, it's not a flash in the pan result, and there's nothing implies he'll stop improving. I think he's a generational talent like Fischer/Spassky, Karpov/Kasparov, Kramnik/Anand and now Carlsen and Caruana.

Oct-12-14  Strongest Force: When you reach Fab's level, rating points is like money: easy to lose and hard to get. I personally hope he gets back 'in the zone' so we can again see "destructor" chess.
Oct-12-14  1971: He has another tournament 5 days or so after this one ends. He's only had like 4 weeks off in between 5 tournaments. After a lengthy break, I fully expect him to get back to top form and take the #1 ranking as Carlsen should lose a couple rating points with all those draws vs Vishy.
Oct-12-14  SirRuthless: <1971> I am beginning to have my doubts. He lacks something Carlsen has. Surprise him in the opening and he is very mortal as Andreikin and Grischuk have shown. No more talented than any of the other 2750+'ers; just better prepared and for that reason and his good nerves is the clear world's number two for now.
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  tamar: <1971> AVRO was nowhere near 27 games, but Fine created a sensation similar to Caruana.

Caruana has actually done the Fine (explosive start)thing a few times, but was thought to be vulnerable because of lack of stamina.

As recently as the last Olympiad, Kasparov was unimpressed when asked about Caruana, but it was right after his loss to Carlsen and a lot of people starting writing him off after that loss.

Oct-12-14  schweigzwang: <When you reach Fab's level, rating points is like money: easy to lose and hard to get.>

Cue proponents of goldfish/barracuda theory.

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  Appaz: I don't think it's as easy as "just surprising him in the opening", which is hard enough. Even if you do, you usually don't get any more than an equal position with black or a tiny advantage with white and Caruana is known for playing strings of first choice moves of computer engines - so you really have to put him in severe time trouble too.

It's not surprising if Caruana has a slight setback now, after this superb results lately, but it wouldn't be very surprising if he wins his five next games either of just the same reason.

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  Appaz: <<schweigzwang> Cue proponents of goldfish/barracuda theory.> The So-bots and their troll hero seems busy watching their chosen one beating up on subpar GMs, right now.
Oct-12-14  Jambow: <Caruana> can still win this event and even if he doesn't he earned his rating OTB against the best players on earth. I think <SR> there is some truth to your assessment even if it is exaggerated a bit. Caruana calculates tactics exceedingly well but seems to falter a bit when poorly defined irregular pawn structures are involved.

No doubt he is the new king of opening prep and I doubt he could be the 960 or blitz champ as of now. Yet he is the only one turning in Carlsen like performances too.

<It's not surprising if Caruana has a slight setback now, after this superb results lately, but it wouldn't be very surprising if he wins his five next games either of just the same reason.>

Pretty much sums it up.

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  MarkFinan: <SirRuthless: He lacks something Carlsen has> I agree. I said that after his super performance in the homer Simpson tournament and was ridiculed by about 6 people, all of whom are now backtracking on their original posts...apart from cheers Garech who's no doubt clinging on to the derailed bandwagon. I've read this book before in most sports. The king is still alive but we've already found a new king who's better than all the old kings based on one performance!

And James Rodriguez is better than Messi and Ronaldo, lol.

Oct-12-14  Mr. Bojangles: <1> He lacks something Carlsen has. >

Yeah the ego.

Oct-12-14  f0xl0ck: imagine Carlsen with this level of opening preparation? would be insane.
Oct-12-14  SirRuthless: True but perhaps there is a reason this has not happened. If it was so easy to have such a mental opening database as Fabiano then everyone would have one, no? Another idea is that Carlsen, like Fabiano and every other player, has "his preferred" types of positions and if he doesn't get them he appears ordinary which might explain why Fabiano has scored so well against him. Fab understands what types of positions to play vs Carlsen and opens in a way so as to engender this.
Oct-13-14  crazybird: Tenacity or Stamina? Hard to say.
Oct-13-14  Billy Vaughan: <SirRuthless: <1971> I am beginning to have my doubts. He lacks something Carlsen has.>

Of course, everyone lacks something Carlsen has... there's only one Carlsen :) The question of course is whether Fabi can come up with something Carlsen lacks and make it matter over the board.

I think any confidence about what will happen is premature... they're both young players and may develop in interesting ways. I'm looking forward to the coming years!

Oct-13-14  Jambow: <SirRuthless> I think you hit the nail on the head, and in so doing confirm what I have said about Nakamura for a long time. Carlsen needs to be cracked before all others if you get that right the rest will follow. I know I make it sound easy when nothing could be further from the truth, but that is the obstacle that must be moved.

Caruana's coach has made comments that subtly imply they have used that approach.

Nakamura seemed like he was making progress then had a psychological melt down when the day arrived. Caruana seems to put less pressure on himself and approaches Carlsen from a less personal more pragmatic sense. Or at least that is how it appears to me.

I don't thing Caruana has peaked although he could go back again before he moves forward, but who says Carlsen will remain static either? 2900 elo who knows but it will take more computer like moves.

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