Fabiano Caruana Defeats Baltimore Ravens John Urschel in Genius Bout

"JERSEY CITY, NJ - MAY 20: US National Chess Champion, Fabiano Caruana, (L), plays NFL Raven and mathematician, John Urschel, challenge eachother in a game of chess onstage at the Liberty Science Center's Genius Gala 5.0 on May 20, 2016 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Liberty Science Center)"

“JERSEY CITY, NJ – MAY 20: Fabiano Caruana, (L), plays NFL Raven and mathematician, John Urschel,  in a game of chess at the Liberty Science Center’s Genius Gala 5.0 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Liberty Science Center)”

At the Genius Gala held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City on May 20, US Champion Fabiano Caruana faced off against John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens in a blitz game. The event, which was co-hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, honored architect Frank Gehry, among other prominent intellectuals. New Jersey hedge-fund trader & Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau officiated the chess match with Liberty Science Center CEO Paul Hoffman. Hoffman, a chess expert himself is also author of “The King’s Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World’s Most Dangerous Game.”  The time control was two minutes for Caruana and three for Urschel.  Fabiano won once John resigned with a minute and a second left on his clock, where Fabiano had 39 seconds.

Fabiano’s manager Lawrence Trent tweeted from the event:

Fabiano Caruana, the #3 player in the World live rankings (behind Carlsen and Kramnik), was just recognized as the US Chess Grandmaster of the Year.

"JERSEY CITY, NJ - MAY 20: NFL Raven and mathematician, John Urschel (L) and US National Chess Champion, Fabiano Caruana, attend the Liberty Science Center's Genius Gala 5.0 on May 20, 2016 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Liberty Science Center)"

“JERSEY CITY, NJ – MAY 20: NFL Raven and mathematician, John Urschel (L) and US Chess Champion, Fabiano Caruana, attend the Liberty Science Center’s Genius Gala 5.0 (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Liberty Science Center)”

Comments

  1. only 2-3 minute odds?
    shouldn’t fabiano have given “esserman odds”, like 20 seconds to 3 minutes? i mean its 1600 v 2800 🙂

    • Esserman odds are 5 min to 45 seconds. Caruana should have done 30 seconds or less (not 3 min to 2 min)

  2. The world class super GM Caruana exudes class as always. I remember being in a G/30 tournament at the Marshall in NYC with him and Nakamura almost 14 years ago. Caruana’s growing up process included more then making up the 500 point rating difference between them (although Naka, now also an elite super GM, was improving too). Paul Hoffman is a genius at promoting chess too! Now if only I could solve my android’s rubik’s cube so I could go back to studying chess with Droidfish / Stockfish…there’s always backgammon I suppose.

    • I’m a Mensan and a former state chess champion, but Mensans in general I think are quite commonly just average people. Many Mensans don’t even have a formal IQ score, but qualified by a GRE, ACT, or SAT test, which I wouldn’t consider good measures of for general intelligence.

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