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Caruana 
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Fabiano Caruana
Number of games in database: 924
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2801 (2858 rapid, 2695 blitz)
Overall record: +299 -130 =337 (61.0%)*
   * 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 (119) 
    B90 B30 B48 B42 B31
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C67 C65 C84 C92 C78
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C18 C10 C05 C16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (34) 
    C84 C92 C89 C99 C95
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B18 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B90 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B42 B43 B40 B33 B51
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C69 C80 C67 C92
 Grunfeld (49) 
    D85 D70 D90 D86 D76
 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)
   London Chess Classic (Group D) (2013)
   Sinquefield Cup (2014)
   Russian Team Championship (2009)
   FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Russian Team Championships (2011)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Aeroflot Open (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Fabiano Caruana and the Bishop Pair by Lupara
   umyamin's favorite games by umyamin
   Ruy Lopez Closed(2) by Volcach
   Interesting Opening Lines by EruditeEgress
   large collection by 1d410
   2014 Tournaments/Sharjah GP/Sinquefield Cup by wanabe2000
   CARUANA'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   Game Collections by Jimmy W
   Ruy Lopez GTM by pbalak
   Chess Network Videos: Part 2 by Penguincw

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FABIANO CARUANA
(born Jul-30-1992, 22 years old) United States of America (citizen of Italy)

[what is this?]
FM (2002); IM (2005); GM (2007); Italian Champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011).

Preliminary:

Fabiano Luigi Caruana was born in Miami, Florida. He moved with his family to Brooklyn, New York, in 1996 and soon started playing chess. Under the tutelage of USCF National Master Bruce Pandolfini, he kicked off his tournament career at the Polgár Chess Centre in Queens. GM Miron N Sher started coaching Caruana when the latter was 8. Caruana made his first appearance in FIDE-rated tournaments in February 2002 when he was 9 years old, playing in the New York February Congress and soon thereafter in the Edward Lasker Tuesday Grand Prix. He then moved with his family to Madrid in 2004 to pursue a professional career under the guidance of coach IM Boris A Zlotnik. The Caruana family then moved to Budapest in 2007 where Fabiano would train with GM Alexander Chernin. He also trained with GM Pal Benko, when Benko was spending summers in New Jersey, and online with GM Gregory Kaidanov. (1)

He became a grandmaster at the age of 14 years 11 months and 20 days, the youngest-ever grandmaster from the United States, and also the youngest-ever from Italy (as Caruana holds dual citizenship).

Championships:

<Youth and Junior>: In June 2002, Caruana won the U-10 category of the Pan-American Youth Championships, thereby earning his FM title, and in November 2002 competed in the World U10 Championship held in Heraklio. He also competed in the 2004 U12 World Championship in Heraklio and at the age of 14 came =2nd at the Italian Junior (U20) Championship.

<Regional, National and Continental>: He achieved joint first places in the U.S. Eastern Open and the Italian Championship in 2006. In the latter, he tied with (then) four-time Italian Champion Michele Godena but lost in a rapid game play-off for the title. In 2007 Caruana won the Italian Championship with a score of +8 (9.5/11) to become the youngest ever Italian champion and then successfully defended his title in 2008 when he scored 8/11, a half point ahead of Godena with whom he drew in the last round. He did not compete in the Italian Championship in 2009 because of his commitment in the World Cup, but won again in 2010 and again in 2011, the latter with 10/11; he did not compete in 2012. He has competed in all European Individual Championships since his inaugural participation in 2008, but has not made the leader board in this event.

<World>: Qualifying for the World Cup (2009) as one of the six nominees of the FIDE President (2), Caruana’s inaugural participation in this event was quite auspicious. Rated 2652 and ranked number 81 in the world at the time, Caruana defeated Lazaro Bruzon (2619), Leinier Dominguez Perez (2719, world #21) and Evgeny Alekseev (2715, world #25) before falling to Vugar Gashimov (2758, world #6) in the fourth round rapid-game tiebreaker. Qualifying for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, he won his first round game against Russian GM Aleksei Pridorozhni and his second round game against Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij in the classical mini-matches, but lost in the 25+10 rapid-game tiebreaker in the third round to the eventual winner, Russian GM Peter Svidler. Caruana qualified for the 2013 World Cup on the basis of his rating, but he also participated in the 2012-13 Grand Prix series to select two Candidates for the 2014 Candidates Tournament. He played in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), where he scored 6/11 to place =4th and 80 Grand Prix points, in the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) where he placed =3rd to earn another 100 Grand Prix points, =2nd at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) to add another 125 GP points to tot up a three-event total of 305 points (3) and needed to win the final Grand Prix event - the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) - outright to qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2014, as he was 165 GP points behind Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who was in 2nd place, and who had no further Grand Prix events in which to play. As it turned out, he placed =1st with Boris Gelfand (winning on tiebreak) to gain 155 points and place third in the Grand Prix series, which means he will be first alternate if one of the Candidates is unavailable for the Candidates Tournament in 2014.

Caruana also missed his opportunity to qualify for the Candidates at the World Cup (2013), an event he qualified for via his rating; when he defeated Akash G in the first round, Yangyi Yu in the 2nd round, Vladimir Malakhov in the third round and Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga in the Round of 16 (fourth round) but was eliminated in the quarter final (round five) by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

Tournaments:

Caruana has been an extremely active tournament player since he started on that path in the Polgár Chess Centre at the age of 6. For the first few years he played in numerous domestic events in the US, especially in New York and the northeast of the US – frequently appearing at events in the Marshall Chess Club (during which time he beat the late Aleksander Wojtkiewicz at the age of 10 years 61 days, breaking Hikaru Nakamura ‘s record of being the youngest to defeat a GM in a USCF sanctioned event (4)) - but with occasional sojourns to foreign events such as the Youth World Championships in Greece, Pan American events in South America and First Saturday events in Budapest, all the while steadily accumulating ratings points. He first participated in the US Open in 2002, and also did so in 2003 and 2004.

His first victory at a FIDE-rated open tournament was first place in the First Saturday IM that was held in July 2005, a feat which netted him 83 Elo points on top of 43 points he gained with his 4th place at the Madrid Championships. When he won the First Saturday IM tournament in December 2005, he also gained his third IM norm and his IM title at the age of 13 years 4 months and 15 days. In 2006, Caruana won the 19th Moratalaz International Open held in August 2006 in Spain, and tied for first place in the 1st "Ascala de Henares" International Open in October 2006. In 2007, Caruana placed =3rd in the 2007 EU Individual Open Championship, won the Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007) (aka Vlissingen chess tournament) when he drew with his last round opponent, former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov. He also won the First Saturday GM events in March, April and July 2007, winning his first 3 GM norms and his GM title a couple of weeks before his 15th birthday. Another event he won during 2007 was the FE Capo d'Orso held in Italy in May.

In 2008, he won Corus (Group C) (2008) impressively, two points ahead of his nearest rivals Dimitri Reinderman and fellow prodigy Parimarjan Negi. The year 2009 started with a win in Corus (Group B) (2009) although he took a small step backward at Biel International Chess Festival (2009) (4/10). However, 2010 saw him win the Biel Chess Festival (2010) in a field of fellow junior super grandmaster. He started off 2011 in the category 18 Reggio Emilia (2010), scoring 4.5/9 (+1 -1 =7) for 6th place, and followed this up with 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011), first place at the Airports Authority of India (2011) and suffered a momentary lapse of form to score only 4/10 at the Biel Chess Festival (2011). In October 2011, he came third in the 12th Karpov International (2011).

Caruana started 2012 with =2nd (3rd on count back) with 5.5/10 at the category 20 Reggio Emilia (2011) and followed up with =2nd alongside Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov and behind Levon Aronian at the Tata Steel (2012), scoring 8/13 (+4 -1 =8; TPR 2837). The latter result catapulted him into the top ten on the live rating list for the first time. He placed =4th (6th on tiebreak) at the Aeroflot Open (2012) with 6/9 and then survived a last round challenge by Yifan Hou to take outright 1st place at the Reykjavik Open (2012) with 7.5/9 (+6 =3; TPR 2777). He followed up in May by winning the 20th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2012) and taking 2nd place (on tiebreak) in the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) with 5/9 (+3 -2 =4; TPR 2820) behind Carlsen. His best results so far have been his victories in July 2012 at Dortmund (2012) and in September/October 2012 at the Bilbao Masters (2012) where he lost to Carlsen in blitz tie-breaks after sharing first place. In November 2012, Caruana drew all six of his games to place 3rd in the Double Round Robin quadrangular category 20 Kings' Tournament (2012) behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Veselin Topalov, respectively. 2013 started badly for Caruana, scoring only 5/13 in the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) at Wijk aan Zee. However, he recovered to some extent at the category 19 GRENKE Chess Classic (2013) by placing outright 2nd with 6/10 behind Viswanathan Anand, and then returned to full form in the category 21 (av: 2772) Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) with outright first, scoring 4/6 (+2 =4), including wins over World Champion Anand and the previous challenger for the title, Boris Gelfand, with a performance rating of 2898. At the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), Caruana equalized his lifetime score against Carlsen in classical games by winning their round 3 game to bring their personal tally in this form of the game to +2 -2 =5; he finished 3rd in this event, a point behind the winner Boris Gelfand and a half point behind the runner-up Magnus Carlsen. Subsequently he won the Kings Tournament (2013) with 5/8.

Caruana started 2014 with a solid 6/11 at the category 20 Tata Steel (2014), placing =4th behind Levon Aronian, Anish Giri and Sergey Karjakin respectively. He followed up with 2.5/5 to place 3rd in the category 23 Zurich Chess Challenge (2014). Caruana won the follow-up Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) to determine placing in the overall event, Caruana's result in the rapid lifted his final placement to =2nd with Aronian behind Carlsen. In April 2014, he placed outright second behind Magnus Carlsen at the category 22 Gashimov Memorial (2014), which was inaugurated in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov. In June he was =4th with 4.5/9 at the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2014). The following month he won a stunning victory at the category 19 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014) with 5.5/7, 1.5 points ahead of the runners-up and moved into the "2800 club" by rating. September 2014 saw Caruana win arguably the strongest tournament in history, the Category 23 Sinquefield Cup (2014). In the most powerful display in the history of chess, he won the first 7 games of the tournament - against Topalov (twice), Vachier-Lagrave (twice), Carlsen, Aronian and Nakamura before drawing with Carlsen in their return game in round 8 (having missed a winning chance), whereupon he clinched first place with 7.5/8 with two rounds to spare ahead of a shell-shocked field, an unassailable 3 points clear of Carlsen.

Rapid:

Caruana did not distinguish himself at the Ruy Lopez Festival 2008 in the seven round closed tournament where he scored only 2.5/7, but won the two-day rapid open tournament that followed with a score of +6 (7.5/9), a clear point ahead of the field. The 2008 Cape d’Agde was a knock-out closed rapid tournament organized into two round robin groups of eight players each, with the top four scorers of each group proceeding to the quarter-finals, the semi-finals, and then the finals. Caruana won his group but lost to Anatoly Karpov in a closely fought quarter final encounter. Immediately prior to the Zurich Chess Challenge (2013) in February, Caruana won the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2013), scoring 5/6 beating Vladimir Kramnik, Gelfand and Anand in their individual two-game matches. He placed =2nd with 10.5/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), half a point behind the winner Carlsen, but managed to retain his number one ranking in the rapid form of the game. He also competed in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), but his 11.5/21 was insufficient to move his blitz rating by more than a point.

Team play:

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

<Club competition>: Caruana played board 3 for the ShSM-64 Moscow in the European Club Cup competitions of 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 the best result being team and individual fifth place in 2011, and team bronze in the European Club Cup (2013) playing board one with his new team SOCAR. He and his team ShSM-64 were far more successful in the Russian Premier League, where he won individual gold and team silver in 2009 (on board 4), individual bronze and team gold in 2010 (board 4), individual and team gold in 2010 (board 3) and individual and team bronze in 2011. Caruana has also played in the Bundesliga (2008 and 2009); the Italian Team Championships (2009 & 2012), the Spanish League (CECLUB 2009), the Swiss Team Championships (2010 to 2012), the French Top 12 (2011) and the Greek Team Championships (2012).

<National Teams>: In June 2008, Caruana played first board for Italy in the Mitropa Cup 2008, a four-board team competition amongst 10 "middle" European nations. He scored +6 (7.5/9) winning the first board prize with a performance rating of 2810. In the same event in 2009, held in Rogaska Slatina in Slovenia, he lead Italy to a silver medal and won individual gold with 7.5/9. He played for Italy in the European Team Championships in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, his best personal results being 4th on board 1 in 2009 scoring 5.5/8 and 4th on board 1 in 2013 when he scored 6/9.

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

Ratings:

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

<Standard> 2801 (Italian #1; world #3);

<Rapid> 2858 (world #1);

<Blitz> 2695 (world #44).

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 37; games 1-25 of 924  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. B Karen vs Caruana  ½-½30 2002 Nassau FuturityC60 Ruy Lopez
5. Caruana vs Wojtkiewicz 1-045 2002 New York September ActionB27 Sicilian
6. Caruana vs B Karen  ½-½27 2002 Nassau FuturityB27 Sicilian
7. Caruana vs R Ziatdinov 0-122 2003 World Open: Open SectionC53 Giuoco Piano
8. Caruana vs J Langreck  ½-½53 2003 World OpenB30 Sicilian
9. R K Delaune vs Caruana  1-051 2003 World Open: Open SectionA16 English
10. W So vs Caruana 1-027 2004 WYCC - B12B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. S Kriventsov vs Caruana  1-040 2004 Marshall CC Saturday ActionB33 Sicilian
12. Caruana vs S Farago 1-060 2004 FSIM JuneB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. Caruana vs Yudasin  ½-½59 2004 120th NY MastersB53 Sicilian
14. Caruana vs G Lettieri  0-149 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
15. S Paridar vs Caruana 0-143 2005 FSIM JuneB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Caruana vs P Prohaszka  ½-½37 2005 FSIM MayB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
17. O Nazarenus vs Caruana  0-138 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
18. K Laciner vs Caruana  1-021 2005 FSIM JuneD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
19. O Katsuhara vs Caruana  0-141 2005 FSIM JuneA16 English
20. Tri Hoang vs Caruana  0-136 2005 FSIM DecemberA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. L Eperjesi vs Caruana  ½-½27 2005 FSIM JuneD85 Grunfeld
22. Caruana vs S Farago  1-061 2005 FSIM JuneB03 Alekhine's Defense
23. E Kahn vs Caruana  1-044 2005 FSIM JuneA00 Uncommon Opening
24. Caruana vs J Brustkern  ½-½16 2005 FSIM JuneB40 Sicilian
25. Caruana vs R Torma  ½-½51 2005 FSIM JuneB50 Sicilian
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Sep-19-14  fisayo123: <MarkFinan> Is this supposed to be sarcastic are you being serious or are you taking the mickey?
Sep-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: Serious.
Sep-19-14  SugarDom: Yeah right. NOw there's less than 20 elo points between the 2 and these nincompoops still deny there's a rivalry.

IN the least, there is a rating rivalry coming now.

Sep-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: Rating rivalry is different, Sugardom. But even so... What's the gap between number one and number two right now?
Sep-19-14  ljfyffe: With the assistance of Canadian grandmaster and former Champion of Canada, Pascal Carbonneau, Team Carlsen beat Team Kasparov in an off-hand promotional "fun" game in NY. Rightly so, Kasparov did not appreciate the presence of Pascal.
Sep-19-14  SugarDom: <Mark> For once learn how to use the internet. Go to www.2700chess.com.

For pete's sake how long have you been on chessgames?

Sep-19-14  The17thPawn: <ljfyffe> - What is Gary's problem with Charbonneau? Never heard about this particular feud.
Sep-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: <SugarDom: <Mark> For once learn how to use the internet. Go to www.2700chess.com. For pete's sake how long have you been on chessgames?>

You should know how long I've been here. Shouldn't you?! And I don't care about rating points because that's different as I already stated. My point is above whether you agree or disagree. I'm playing with you, but you know I'm not thick sugardom, I'm only expressing my opinion and I've already said I'd be glad to eat my own words should I be proved wrong.. But I won't. I'm confident.

And stop calling me Mark please? I prefer Finan to my fans. ,-)

Sep-19-14  ljfyffe: No problem with Charbonneau really, except in this particular event. You see, Carlsen's official partner got some advice from Pascal because the rules were rather lax as far as the match was concerned.
Sep-19-14  The17thPawn: <ljfyffe> - That would make sense Gary hates to lose period. Whenever he can latch on to an impropriety as the cause he pounces:)
Sep-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: <1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2843  10  1990-11-30  2  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2816  0  1982-10-06
 3  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2797  0  1975-06-25
 4  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2788  0  1987-03-12
 5  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2783  10  1987-12-09
 6  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2780  0  1969-12-11
 7  Karjakin, Sergey  g  RUS  2778  9  1990-01-12
 8  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2773  0  1992-07-30
 9  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2769  0  1969-03-18
 10  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2758  2  1977-07-18  11  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2754  9  1983-10-31  12  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2752  0  1975-03-15
 13  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2747  9  1976-06-17
 14  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2746  9  1974-06-02
 15  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2742  10  1989-08-04
 16  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2738  0  1968-06-24
 17  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2737  0  1986-07-24
 18  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2737  0  1979-09-08
 19  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2734  4  1983-11-26
 20  Giri, Anish  g  NED  2730  10  1994-06-28>

So much yet so little changes in two years! Radajabov and Kamsky have plummeted, <Caruana> has steadily progressed, Giri has skyrocketed, So (not even on this list!) has done brilliant..

Chess changes so often but if you go back through 'Search kibitzing' I stated what should be the obvious to chess players two years ago too. It's often used in footballing terms but the first time I saw this quote on this site was from Miss Polgar when I said the same..

Form is temporary. Class is permanent.

Carlsen, Anand, Aronian and Nakamura are always there. Gelfand was the challenger when this list was published... Where is he now?? #BoringChess) Someone tell me when the last time Carlsen entered the top 10 and then fell out? Or Aronian, Anand? These kids, who are only a few years younger than MC have a long way to go. ✌

Sep-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Lupara: Interesting story on Slate:

http://www.slate.com/articles/sport...

Sep-20-14  Jambow: Hmmm Mark me thinks your objectivity is a bit lacking on this one. Caruana's elo is not based upon one performnace and has steadily increased until he is now reached the third highest rating in History and is less than 20pts behind Carlsen a place Anand, Nakamura, Aronian, Topalov and Kramnik have never once reached. Every year he just keeps moving forward. He might drop below 2800 again but some will never get there to begin with.

I'll admit when Giri and Carlsen where 2700ish I though Giri was the brighter prospect and they would both be top ten players. Today That seems to be an error in judgement on my part and So looks brighter than Giri and Caruana looks like the guy to watch. I know he doesn't belch in public and insult the opposition and yet his chess speaks loud and clear.

Elo is the big picture of real world performance Mark the rest is just feelings and conjecture.

Caruana broke into the top ten and just kept going. Nakamura has went in and out but on average is really a top five or six. Yet I think Caruana will fill his potential as Nakamura never has. You know I'm a Nakamura fan and that hasn't changed but Caruana passed him like he had a flat tire.

Caruana did what I thought Nakamura needed to do and that is solve Magnus Carlsen, his team has basically confirmed that. You can't help but improve on the whole if you understand Carlsen's game. Nakamura needed to and when he finally outplayed him positionally he lost psychologically. Still the right plan if minus the emotional hiccup.

As far as Anand goes I agree ipso facto that he is the biggest immediate threat even if Carlsen is still the heavy favorite. Anand has given up Lekoesque chess and remembered how to play for a win. This gives him much better chances than in the last match, instead of the ill fated plan of playing towards drawish positions that Magnus excells at winning from. Crazy strategy imho and the Tiger learned his lesson I do believe. Can he take the crown from Magnus I doubt it but I like his odds much better. If Carlsen is in poor form at all look out. Other than that Caruana is the next up and coming and I wasn't sure there would even be one. Giri well he's a top dog but the alpha wolf position doesn't in the cards. So I have to disagree mate.

Go Caruana !!!

Sep-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: For me, Caruana is a bit like Keres and Kortschnoi. I think he has <almost> everything one needs to be a world champion but he does not quite have the - what's that stuff? - the <Right Stuff>.

He will get very close - but there will be no cigar.

Sep-20-14  starry2013: "The bandwagon has passed, wake me up the next time he plays like that in a tournament please, and I'll gladly eat my own words. "

I thought the bandwagon was actually with Karjakin, when he did well in the disappointing Candidates lineup earlier this year. Caruana on the other hand has been looking good for a while now.

Sep-20-14  fisayo123: <offramp> Christ, you really do talk a lot of bollocks.
Sep-20-14  1971: I'm surprised a lot of people seem to be underestimating Caruana, you don't get one of the best tournament performances of all time and be the only one to beat Carlsen consistently (does this mean nothing? lol) and not have what it takes. Check again, my friends.
Sep-20-14  1971: One thing he has in spades is the work ethic, meaning the discipline, which might be the most important it takes to succeed.
Sep-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Yes, Fabiano has continually attributed his chessic successes to hard work.

And it appears like he is not entirely satisfied, which means he is motivated to further improve.

If world class players hope to keep up with the young Italian, they too better work harder on their game.

(Carlsen in particular.)

Sep-20-14  dx9293: MarkFinan, Caruana's "nerdiness" is precisely what Carlsen (and everyone else) should be afraid of.

It's a synonym for "laser-like focus."

He wants to get to the top...after he does, he will have decades to party and chase tail.

Sep-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <offramp: For me, Caruana is a bit like Keres and Kortschnoi. I think he has <almost> everything one needs to be a world champion but he does not quite have the - what's that stuff? - the <Right Stuff>. >

The "having won a world championship" stuff?

Sep-20-14  Capacorn: <dx9293: MarkFinan, Caruana's "nerdiness" is precisely what Carlsen (and everyone else) should be afraid of. It's a synonym for "laser-like focus."

He wants to get to the top...after he does, he will have decades to party and chase tail.>

That kid ain't ever partying and chasing tail, bro. lol

And besides, the best time to do all that is when you're young. I did more than my share when I was Fabiano's age. It's always fun, but never again like it was when you were young, dumb and full of...well, you know.

Sep-20-14
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  Lupara: Yeah, I'm really not sure what <MarkFinan> was trying to say in his posts.

Supposedly, he wasn't trying to insult Caruana but then he does so by stating that Caruana has no character. But what traits are indicative of character? Accusing a lower rated opponent of cheating with not a shred of proof (Mamedyarov); having Nordic good looks and being a model while also being a world class chess player (Carlsen); making silly pronouncements that you are the only person that can stop the Sauron of chess (Nakamura); calling one of your opponents inept (Carlsen); belittling your opponents (Kasparov), etc.?!

Have we come so far that we can no longer equate such traits as a strong work ethic, politeness, modesty, respect for one's opponents, and the ability to sacrifice to achieve a goal as marks of good character?

It appears <MarkFinan> believes that a person needs to be somewhat controversial or have an edge to have the requisite character to be a championship contender.

Well, give me the nerdy, polite, hard-working, modest guy over the edgy, controversial guy.

Tell you what <MarkFinan>, wake me up when one of those edgy controversial types wins seven straight games and scores 8.5/10 against five players with an average 2797 rating (does not include Caruana's rating) in a similar fashion as Caruana did at the 2nd Sinquefield Cup. And then we'll talk about form, class and character!

Sep-20-14
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  Absentee: <Lupara: having Nordic good looks and being a model while also being a world class chess player (Carlsen)>

For all of his chessical merits and his G-Star contract, I wouldn't say that good looks are one of Carlsen's strongest qualities.

Sep-20-14  SugarDom: <MarkFinan: To me Caruana and Giri are the same person! What I mean by that is they're both too nerdy, no character, nothing interesting about them, nothing in their characters that would make me fear them >

Legalized weed and kibitzing don't go well together...

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