Fabiano Caruana - The American prodigy

14/04/2023 - Actualizado: 21/06/2023

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Fabiano Luigi Caruana, known as Fabiano Caruana, was born in the United States, on July 30 (Fabiano Caruana age is 30 years, he has dual American and Italian nationality), 1992 in the city of Miami. He is known for having an innate talent for chess, due to the fact that his performance is unprecedented and thanks to this he has won on several occasions. He has an ELO rating of 2,768.

Fabiano Caruana's Early Years

When he was only 5 years old, Fabiano Caruana took part in a chess program in New York whenever he was not in school. It was there that his talent was discovered.

It was Bruce Pandolfini, the teacher of the sport in this country, who gave him his first ideas about this board game. However, Alexander Chernin and Miron Sher were also responsible for his training as a chess player.

When he was only 10 years old, Caruana qualified as a FIDE Master, and by the age of 14 he was already an International Master. In addition, he became the youngest American Grandmaster at the age of 15, as well as in Italy, where he competed in and won the National Championship.

Fabiano Caruana in His Teens

Having already forged his talent, strategy and moderation, by the time Fabiano Caruana was a teenager, he was already unstoppable. He won the Tata Steel when he was only 16 years old, which allowed him to enter the same tournament a year later and win again after defeating another of the greatest players, Nigel Short.

Also in 2008, he participated in the Dresden Olympiad, where he made his debut representing Italy, with a score of 7.5/11. This year ended in an extraordinary way for the player, as he was ranked among the top 100 players in the world with an ELO of 2,640.

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At only 17 years of age, Fabiano Caruana had an excellent performance in the Russian Championship and was therefore invited to participate in the 2009 World Championship, where he was defeated by Vugar Gashimov. However, during the competition he managed to beat Evgeny, Lazaro Bruzon and Lenier Dominguez.

In 2010 and 2011 he participated in the Italian championship and won both times. This feat has not been repeated.

Fabiano Caruana in His Early 20s

By the time he was in his early twenties, Fabiano Caruana had already achieved worldwide fame; he had climbed to the top to gain worldwide recognition, even competing in online events. He never stopped improving, getting better and more accurate in every competition.

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In 2012, he participated in the Tata Steel tournament again, where he came second. In the same year, he won the Reykjavik Open. He also participated in two other tournaments, the Dortmund Sparkassen and the Sigeman and Co, both of which he won, while he came second in both the Tal Memorial and the Grand Slam Chess Final.

In 2013 he was ranked among the top five players in the world with an ELO rating of 2,781. He also fought throughout the year to earn a place in the following year's The Candidates Tournament, but failed to do so as he accumulated 380 points, not enough to participate.

At the age of 22 he was beaten twice by Magnus Carlsen, finished second in Norway Chess and Shamkir Chess. But 2014 was not all defeats, as he faced a grandmaster, Ruslan Ponomariov, of Russian nationality, and defeated him in a memorable way.

He also went to Dubai to participate in the rapid mode of the World Championship, where he won the silver medal. In the same year he took part in the Olympiad in the United States.

He achieved an ELO rating of 2,844, which meant that his performance was excellent and allowed him to reach the position of number 2 in the world. Moreover, after this victory he had already defeated many of the best players in the world, including Carlsen, but also Nakamura, Vachier, Levon Aronian and Topalov.

Candidates Tournament 2016

Although he tried and failed last time, Fabiano Caruana's hopes were not dashed. In 2016 he tried again to qualify for the Candidates Tournament within the FIDE Grand Prix, and this time he qualified after finishing 4th in Tashkent, 1st in Baku, while in Khanty-Mansiysk he finished 1st together with Dmitry Jakovenko and Hikaru Nakamura.

Thus, as the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix, he managed to participate in the Candidates Tournament the following year, which he had longed for. Best of all, at that time he was considered the 3rd best player in the world.

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This tournament was held in Russia. The best players from all over the world participated, such as Anish Giri, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian, making it a very demanding competition.

Fabiano Caruana wanted to win the tournament in order to face Carlsen in the World Championship, and he reached the final round tied with Karjakin. However, it was the latter who finally won, making him a candidate for 2016.

Although he did not manage to play Carlsen on that occasion, he did so a few years later in Berlin, when the World Chess Championship was held, thus fulfilling his wish to play against the grandmaster.

In the same year, thanks to his dual citizenship, Fabiano Caruana returned to the United States, where his goal was to win an Olympiad for his nation, and so he joined the national team of that country.

He did not stop there, as he reached the fourth round of the FIDE World Championship in Baku, but was also the winner of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He also participated in the Tata Steel of that year, but came second, only by one point, Carlsen being the winner.

2018- Fabiano Caruana's best year

Victory in the Candidates Tournament

In the Candidates Tournament, which determines the official challenger to the world champion, Fabiano Caruana was crowned the winner with a fantastic performance of 8/14 points. His solid and determined performance allowed him to overcome strong competitors and earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship.

On November 9 of this same year in London Fabiano Caruana faced world champion Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship. Caruana demonstrated his exceptional level by taking Carlsen to the tiebreaks, where Magnus was the favorite to emerge victorious.
Although Magnus managed to defend his title, Caruana left an indelible mark and demonstrated his ability to compete at the highest level.

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