US Champs 4-5: Caruana hits the wall
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US Champs 4-5: Caruana hits the wall

“I went crazy at the end”, said Fabiano Caruana after rejecting a draw offer and going on to lose to Zviad Izoria on Saturday. That cost him 7.6 rating points and a share of the lead, while it almost got worse in Round 5 when he admitted he was “still a bit tilted” as he played a bad improvised novelty against Sam Shankland. He held on, and the good news was that his big rivals Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura were also struggling, with Hikaru yet to win a game in the event. Nazi Paikidze and Annie Wang lead the women after winning in Round 4 and escaping lost positions in Round 5.

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