Fabulous Fabiano Caruana’s Candidates Victory!


After winning the FIDE Chess Candidates Tournament, Fabiano Caruana won another super tournament, the GRENKE Chess Classic, leaving behind the world number one Magnus Carlsen.
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Fabiano Caruana with GRENKE Chess Classic trophy (photo: Eric van Reem)

Fabiano Caruana was born on 30 July 1992 in Miami to Italian-American parents. Now he lives in the US and plays for his Olympic team. Early on, he shocked the world as a chess prodigy as he became grandmaster at the age of 14, the youngest grandmaster in the history of both Italy and the United States at the same time.

He accomplished quite a lot of things, but the best of them is his historic 3103 performance rating in the Sinquefield Cup 2014. He won that tournament and improved his rating to 2844, becoming the third-highest-rated player in history, after Carlsen and Kasparov.

Later, he won the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15 and qualified for the Candidates Tournament 2016, where he was runner-up to Sergey Karjakin. However, this time, he didn’t miss his chance and won clearly the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 – therefore, he will fight for the World Championship against Magnus Carlsen.

The last round of the tournament in Berlin was fascinating because, theoretically, 4 players could win the golden ticket to fight for the World Championship against Magnus. However, after 6 hours of play, Caruana managed to win against Grischuk and he won the tournament.

Let’s take a look at this interesting game now:

P.S. What do you think about the form that Caruana is in? Could he be the next World Chess Champion? 🙂 Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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