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Fabiano Caruana
European Chess Team Championship, Warsaw.
Photo by Przemyslaw Jahr, Nov 15, 2013.
Number of games in database: 1,621
Years covered: 1999 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2804 (2753 rapid, 2814 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2844

Overall record: +407 -172 =542 (60.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 500 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (191) 
    B90 B30 B31 B48 B42
 Ruy Lopez (183) 
    C65 C67 C78 C84 C92
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C16
 Sicilian Najdorf (47) 
    B90 B96 B97 B92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (41) 
    C84 C92 C89 C95 C99
 Caro-Kann (32) 
    B12 B13 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (108) 
    C78 C65 C67 C80 C69
 Sicilian (95) 
    B42 B43 B40 B41 B33
 Grunfeld (68) 
    D85 D70 D90 D78 D97
 Slav (48) 
    D12 D10 D18 D11 D17
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A46 A45 E10 D02 E00
 French Defense (45) 
    C11 C07 C02 C00 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Caruana vs E Berg, 2008 1-0
   Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 1-0
   Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 1-0
   Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 0-1
   Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 0-1
   Caruana vs Topalov, 2014 1-0
   Karjakin vs Caruana, 2012 0-1
   Caruana vs A Giri, 2012 1-0
   Caruana vs Anand, 2016 1-0
   A Giri vs Caruana, 2016 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group C (2008)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   Corus Group B (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   US Chess Championship (2016)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Isle of Man Open (2016)
   US Championship (2018)
   Russian Team Championship (2011)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   World Cup (2013)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Fab Italiano Car for Fredthebear's Road Trips by fredthebear
   Fabiano Caruana and the Bishop Pair by Lupara
   A A Anti-Sicilian.Najdorf (Kan) [Black] by chess.master
   large collection by 1d410
   2014 World Chess Championship/2015 Tournaments by wanabe2000
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   CARUANA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   Chess Network Videos: Part 3 by Penguincw

   🏆 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Blitz)
   Caruana vs Grischuk (Jun-24-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Kramnik vs Caruana (Jun-24-18) 0-1, blitz
   Caruana vs W So (Jun-24-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Nakamura vs Caruana (Jun-24-18) 1-0, blitz
   Anand vs Caruana (Jun-24-18) 1-0, blitz

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(born Jul-30-1992, 25 years old) United States of America

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FM (2002); IM (2005); GM (2007); Italian Champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011); US Champion (2016).


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)

Master Norms:

<International Master> Caruana probably won his first IM norm at the Madrid Championship in March 2005. His first place in the First Saturday IM that was held in July 2005, also won him an IM norm. When he won the First Saturday IM tournament in December 2005, he gained his third IM norm and his IM title at the age of 13 years 4 months and 15 days.

<Grandmaster> He gained his GM title immediately upon acquiring his three GM norms, which came at the First Saturday GM events in March, April and July 2007, as he was all ready rated over 2500 by the time he won his third norm. He thus 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>: 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 won an age-based championship at the 2003 Pan-American Youth Championships, most likely the U12 division. He 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 Batista (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.

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, Yu Yangyi 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. His equal first at the FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) put him into overall first place in the Grand Prix series and guaranteed him a place in the Candidates Tournament of 2016. He also participated in the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Tunisian Amir Zaibi in the first round, Azeri GM Rauf Mamedov in the second round and Ukrainian-Canadian GM Anton Kovalyov in the third round. He lost to Azeri GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the Round of Sixteen (fourth round) by 0.5-1.5 and exited the Cup.


<1998-2004> 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.

<2005-2007> 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.

<2008-2011>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).

<2012-2013> 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.

<2014> 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> The year 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. In July, after a mediocre result in the category 22 (2782) Norway Chess (2015) the previous month, Caruana recovered much of his recently lost ground by winning the category 19 Dortmund (2015). He won by a point and a half with a crushing score of 5.5/7 (+5-1=1), returning a performance rating of 2938, thereby restoring him to the "2800 club" from which he fell in the 1 July official rating list. However, a poor performance at Sinquefield Cup (2015) with 3.5/9 has again lowered his rating to below 2800 where he remains to date. In October 2015, he competed in the Millionaire Chess (2015) event in Las Vegas and made it through to the playoffs that were called after round 7 for the top prizes. However, he fared badly in the playoffs and returned to the main event where he played in the final two rounds, scoring 7/9, or equal top score outside of the winners of the post-round 7 playoffs. Caruana finished the year in the middle of the field at the London Chess Classic (2015), scoring 4.5/9.

<2016> 2016 started with a strong challenge at the category 20 Tata Steel (2016) event, and was in contention for first until the final round. He ultimately placed second with 8/13 behind Carlsen.


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: (5)

Soon after moving to Madrid, Caruana participated in the Madrid Team Championships.

<Olympiads>: Caruana represented Italy on board 1 at the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Olympiads.

<European Team Championships> 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.

<Mitropa Cup>: He represented Italy in the Mitropa Cup, a four-board team competition amongst 10 "middle" European nations, from 2006 to 2010 inclusive, playing first board on every occasion except 2007 when he played board two. In the 2007 competition, he won team silver. In 2008, Caruana scored +6 (7.5/9) winning the first board prize with a performance rating of 2810. In 2009 in Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia, he lead Italy to a silver medal and won individual gold with 7.5/9. In 2010, he won team and individual gold.

<European Club Cup>: Caruana played board 3 for the ShSM-64 Moscow in the European Club Cup competitions of 2009, 2010 and 2011, the best result during this period being team and individual fifth place in 2011. He won team bronze in the European Club Cup (2013) playing board one with his new team SOCAR. He played top board for the Italian team Obiettivo Risarcimento in the European Club Cup (2014), and won individual gold before returning to play board three for SOCAR in the 2015 competition to win team silver and fourth place for his board.

<Russian Premier League> 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 2011 (board 3, individual and team bronze in 2012, with no leader board results playing for ShSM Our Hopes Moscow in 2013, the last year he has competed in the RPL to date.

<Other National Leagues> 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). He joined Eric Hansen and others (including Alexandre Lesiege, Michael Kleinman, Aman Hambleton, Lefong Hua, Elias Oussedik and Robin van Kampen in 2016, according to Hansen) on the Montreal Chessbrahs(7) team.


Caruana's first FIDE rating was 2032 on January 2002 when he was still nine years old. He crossed the 2500 mark in April 2007 when he was still fourteen years old, 2600 a year later in April 2008 when he was fifteen and 2700 in September 2010 when he was 18. He did not fall below any of these marks after he crossed them. He first crossed 2800, one of only 9 players ever to have done so, in August 2014 and peaked at 2844 in October 2014. Caruana's 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.

He was the world's top junior for 20 months, starting in January 2011. He entered the ranks of the world's top 100 players in October 2008 when he was sixteen and has remained in the top 100 since then. His highest ranking to date has been world #2, a position he occupied from October 2014 until April 2015 inclusive, and once more in June 2015.


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; (5); (6) (commenting on chessbrah channel); (7)

Last updated: 2016-12-02 19:56:21

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,676  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs C Bean 1-0231999G45D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Caruana vs S Iermito 1-0362001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC58 Two Knights
3. Caruana vs R Hess 1-0312001Guaymallen PanAM-chJ U10 AbsolutoC57 Two Knights
4. J A Curdo vs Caruana 1-04720027th Windsor Bradley opC48 Four Knights
5. B Karen vs Caruana  ½-½302002Nassau FuturityC60 Ruy Lopez
6. Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz 1-0452002New York September ActionB27 Sicilian
7. Caruana vs B Karen ½-½272002Nassau FuturityB27 Sicilian
8. Caruana vs E Tate 0-121200359th NY MastersB40 Sicilian
9. Caruana vs R A Ziatdinov 0-1222003World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
10. R K Delaune vs Caruana  1-0512003World Open: Open SectionA16 English
11. Caruana vs J Langreck  ½-½532003World Open: Open SectionB30 Sicilian
12. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-0402004Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
13. Caruana vs S Farago 1-0602004FSIM JuneB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½592004120th NY MastersB53 Sicilian
15. W So vs Caruana 1-0272004WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½372005FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-1432005FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-1492005FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
19. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-0212005FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
20. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-1382005FSIM JuneA16 English
21. L Eperjesi vs Caruana  ½-½272005FSIM JuneD85 Grunfeld
22. O Katsuhara vs Caruana  0-1412005FSIM JuneA16 English
23. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½162005FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
24. E Kahn vs Caruana  1-0442005FSIM JuneA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Caruana vs S Farago  1-0612005FSIM JuneB03 Alekhine's Defense
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Apr-23-14  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!!!!!!
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  SirRuthless: Fab is the man! If he gets a little better in time rushes and shores up his play vs sharp opponents he will be the next challenger to carlsen barring the unforseen. He has a suffocating style.
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  Mating Net: This win over Carlsen confirms that Fabiano is one of the few who has legitimate chances of unseating the world champion. Fabiano held his nerve big time today. Nakamura should take note of how it's done.
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  boz: Naka has to play in his own style but yes, he could learn something from Caruana about composure.
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  Karpova: Also notable how Caruana successfully challenges other players' favorite Ruy Lopez Defenses:

Marshall: Caruana vs Aronian, 2014

Berlin: Caruana vs Carlsen, 2014

Apr-24-14  bobthebob: <mating net> "Nakamura should take note of how it's done."

I always wonder how much a person's playing style is tied up with his personality. I don't know if he can decouple the emotional reactions from his desire to be a bit risky and aggressive.

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  Mating Net: <boz> Naka has an opportunity to emulate Fabiano tomorrow.

<Karpova> Good point on Fabiano's e4 repertoire against the world's top two.

<bobthebob> I hear ya, that's why I hope he learns something from Caruana.

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  SirRuthless: Learning from Radjabov would be better as they are both KID players. Caruana is a positional player like Carlsen so I doubt that will work. Radjabov had a -7 record before beating carlsen the other day. Funny how Caruana seems to easily deal with Carlsen with white but Can't break though against Nak.
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  perfidious: If any top player fails to learn from the games of another, it will be to their detriment--it is foolish to state that any of them should focus on one player vis-à-vis others, as they move in the same circles, the more so today with the tendency towards smaller events, where one will often face players with both colours.
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  norami: It says that Caruana has duel citizenship, US and Italy. That means we finally have a list of ten great American players who made it to top 10 in the world, counting anyone with US citizenship as American.

The list in chronological order of birth:


May-03-14  torrefan: It goes without saying that a chessplayer who leaves his country to play as a citizen of another would have a duel citizenship because chess is essentially a one-on-one fight.
May-05-14  Mr 1100: So I understand he was born in the US, has US citizenship (as well as Italian citizenship), etc. But his accent doesn't sound typically American... I understand he has Italian ancestry - I'm just curious - did he happen to spend a lot of his early years elsewhere?
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  Petrosianic: He may have dual citizenship, but he doesn't play under the US Flag. Still, he is the highest rated player ever born in the US.
May-05-14  Mr 1100: Sure, I'm aware he plays under the Italian flag... I've looked up his Wikipedia page :-)

But all this time I was under the impression that he was born and raised in the US, and that he just happened to choose to play under the Italian flag - I assumed out of some personal love/respect for his family's cultural heritage or something like that...

It was only recently that I happened to watch one of his interviews on Youtube, and I noticed that he didn't sound typically American, and that's why I'm wondering - maybe he grew up in Italy - and maybe that's the reason why he plays under the Italian flag...

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  SirRuthless: Fab lived in the US until his teenage years and then moved to Europe permanently. I believe he now lives in Spain and mainly chose playing for Italy due to practical reasons.
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  Petrosianic: But are we sure he holds dual citizenship, or are we just assuming that?
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  Jambow: Fabiano plays for Italy because of his Italian heritage no doubt. I think his parents who emigrated to the United States and are of Italian descent seemed to direct young Fabiano to play for Italy. He was born in Miami and raised in the U.S. I think he basically sounds American to me, although he has picked up a hint of an accent perhaps but it's not even clear which country in Europe it's from and I have a pretty good ear for accents.

No matter he is really impressing by pressing the WC consistently. Now over 2800 live again. I think he might have won today with best play and I think Magnus knows it too.

Interesting Wikipedia says all his ancestors are Italian, but to me personally he looks like their might be some Jewish ancestry and his chess talent was discovered at Congregation Beth Elohim in an after school program. Happenstance I suppose.

Nice to have a native born American at world #3 ;0]

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  Jambow: <Petrosianic> It has been in print several times that he maintained his U.S citizenship and he has expressed his desire to play for the U.S. championship so I think that is reliable information or at least was recently.
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  Jambow: Sorry there not their.
Jun-05-14  RedShield: <Interesting Wikipedia says all his ancestors are Italian, but to me personally he looks like their might be some Jewish ancestry>

Were there no Italian Jews?

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  perfidious: Who gives a rat's arse what Caruana's origins are, other than jingoistic American posters who would claim him as their own, or bigots such as <rs>?
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  SirRuthless: He is never going to play for the U.S. there is a interview available ono YouTube where he goes into this a bit. I accept his decision and hope the best for him. Just like Ukraine will always be apart of Sergey's legacy, U.S. chess will always be apart of Fabiano's and although he plays for Italy, if he were to win the WCC he will still always be an American too and it would be good for U.S. chess. As far as I know his choice to play for Italy was mainly a logistical decision.
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  SirRuthless: <perfidious> Who took a dump in your blood pudding?
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  Domdaniel: <perfidious> is absolutely right ... I was about to ask the same question.

Possibly without the rodent's posterior.

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  Jambow: <RedShield> Of course there are Italian Jews my question was is Caruana an Italian Jew, my grandfather was Italian and their is some unconfirmed evidence of Jewish ancestry in my lineage.

<perfidious> If people's origins are not interesting to you why not just be quiet, many people myself included find it interesting. Why are you always so spiteful and angry? If it is me personally that you hate just put me on ignore? You never respond to anything I write in anything but a blatantly hostile manner.

Now as far as claiming Caruana, I do certainly find that funny after all the people who said Nakamura isn't really American because he was born in Japan, even though he grew up in the US and learned to play chess here. Now Caruana was born here to US citizens no less and maintains his citizenship which means like it or not he IS American. If he never plays for the U.S. or here again I wish him well, but of course the same goes for Carlsen and many other players.

For the record I don't hate Jews, Japanese, Italians or any other racial or ethnic group. My opinion is that we are all of the human race and it is a mess as you just demonstrated. ;0]

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