World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana reenacting his 2014 Sinquefield Cup victory pose. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Fabiano Caruana

2018 World Championship Challenger and Super-Grandmaster

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Birthday: July 30, 1992

City: Saint Louis, Missouri

Fabiano Caruana is one of America's greatest hopes for a World Champion. He earned the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen by winning the 2018 Candidates' Tournament. He holds the record for the 3rd highest FIDE rating in history of 2844. He's achieved one of the strongest tournament performances ever at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup by going 7-0 against a field with a 2802 average rating. His performance rating for the event was a stunning 3080. Caruana has competed for both the United States and Italy, playing for the U.S. as a young prodigy, moving to Italy in 2005, and returning to the U.S. in 2015. He earned the grandmaster title at age 14, the youngest of both the U.S. and Italy at the time. Caruana won the U.S. Championship in 2016. Later that year, Caruana competed for the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 42nd Olympiad and won the bronze medal for first board. Caruana has a universal playing style bolstered by his precise opening preparation and positional clarity. Here is Caruana's victory over Magnus Carlsen at his legendary 2014 Sinquefield Cup performance.
[pgn][Event "Sinquefield Cup"]
[Site "Saint Louis, MO USA"]
[Date "2014.08.29"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Black "Fabiano Caruana"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C24"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2014.08.27"]1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bb4+ 6. c3 Bd6 7. Bg5 dxe4 8.
dxe4 h6 9. Bh4 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nbd7 11. Bg3 Bc7 12. O-O Nh5 13. h3 Nxg3 14. fxg3
Nc5 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Nxe5+ Kg8 17. Ng6 Qg5 18. Rf8+ Kh7 19. Nxh8 Bg4 20. Qf1
Nd3 21. Qxd3 Rxf8 22. hxg4 Qxg4 23. Nf3 Qxg3 24. e5+ Kxh8 25. e6 Bb6+ 26. Kh1
Qg4 27. Qd6 Rd8 28. Qe5 Rd5 29. Qb8+ Kh7 30. e7 Qh5+ 31. Nh2 Rd1+ 32. Rxd1
Qxd1+ 33. Nf1 Qxf1+ 34. Kh2 Qg1+ 0-1[/pgn]

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