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Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

  • Born:
    Jul 30, 1992 (Age 26) Miami, U.S.
  • FIDE Title:
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  • Federation:
    United States of America
  • Peak Rating:
    2844 (October 2014)
  • Rating:
    2822 (August 2018)
  • Rank:
    2 (August 2018)

Caruana was born in Miami of Italian/American parents, grew up in New York where he was first coached by renowned teacher and author Bruce Pandolfini, and played in tournaments at the famous Marshall Chess Club.

After moving to Europe as a 12-year-old to pursue his chess career, he began representing Italy in international competitions.

The soft spoken young star was the revelation of 2012, inexorably climbing the rating list while playing in tournaments of all levels, including large opens — usually avoided like the plague by the world chess elite.

In 2012 alone he finished 2nd in Wijk aan Zee, 2nd in the Tal Memorial, 1st in Dortmund and 2nd in Bilbao (losing a tiebreak to Carlsen). The sequence seemed almost too good to last, and Caruana crashed to earth in Wijk aan Zee 2013 with an unprecedented five losses. Normal service was soon resumed, however, with Caruana pipped at the post of the GRENKE Chess Classic and then emerging victorious ahead of Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand at the Zurich Chess Challenge.

At the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, he scored by far the best result of his career, and one of the best performances of all time: Clear first with 8.5 out of 10 games, and 3 full points ahead of Magnus Carlsen, including a "fantastico" streak of seven consecutive wins!

"The Fabnificent Seven" consecutive wins over Topalov (x2), Vachier-Lagrave (x2), Carlsen, Nakamura, Aronian

Although the suspicion remains that Carlsen is a greater natural talent, Caruana’s recent results suggest the young Norwegian genius won’t have things his own way at the top. Caruana’s ability to calculate and his sheer hard work away from the board have led to an incredible consistency, which enabled him to achieve the third highest Elo rating of all time, behind only Kasparov and Carlsen.

The 2016 Candidates Tournament saw Fabiano come within a whisker of earning a match against Magnus but, needing to win in the final round due to the tiebreak rules, he lost to Sergey Karjakin and had to watch as his opponent took on Carlsen in New York. Fabiano's form has been mixed since, but he qualified for the 2018 Candidates in Berlin on rating and would surprise no-one if he mounted a very serious challenge.

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  • Dec 27, 2017 | 11:59 PM

    Carruana will represent America in the London Finals!!!

  • Dec 29, 2016 | 9:29 PM


  • Apr 17, 2016 | 2:38 PM
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    He is looks like Gohan - animation Dragon ball US version.Make me shock.But, some photo shoot looks like familiar guy in real life.I recommend to him for change his hairstyle to be silk-black,wet-straight,thorny-backwarded,improve chess skill,keep healthy life,clean the body,whiten and exercise more.

    And l wish he can win streaks in 2016 and always.

  • May 13, 2015 | 2:50 AM

    Next year's 2016 US Championship will be very interesting:  Nakamura vs. Wesley vs. Caruana.

    Probably, the organizers at St. Louis  and the USCF should consider changing the format of 2016 US Championship into a double round robin just amongst these three elite GMs.  How about that?

  • Apr 24, 2015 | 8:14 AM
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    I have played 2 matches against Caruana and lost both. He has a very unique style of playing

  • Apr 16, 2015 | 7:28 PM

    Would Caruana have more financial and technical support behind him (e.g. openings preparation) if he played for the U.S. than for Italy?

  • Jan 27, 2015 | 12:09 PM
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    i like this player

  • Nov 28, 2014 | 12:10 PM

    A Carlsen vs. Caruana 2016 would be the gift from the sporting gods to modern Chess. Anything less will be a clear, predictable win for Carlsen.

  • Nov 18, 2014 | 8:57 PM

    I want to see him next year playing for candidates tournament. It will be awesome if he could play for the crown against Magnus or Anand (go Anand!)!

  • Nov 2, 2014 | 2:27 PM

    Go Caruana


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