Fighting Chess Game of the Week: Wang Hao’s King March beats Fabiano Caruana at 7th Kings’ Tournament

In the 9th round of Kings Tournament in Bucharest, the leader Fabiano Caruana unexpectedly lost with the white pieces to Wang Hao. Caruana got a huge advantage versus the Petroff and then started losing only to miss out a draw in time trouble. Here are all the spills, chills, and thrills of the game including Wang Hao’s brave King march! Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 7: Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana 1-0 (The Big Queen Blunder)

14.hxg6 What should Black play?

The seventh round at the Paris Grand Prix 2013 had Hikaru Nakamura beat Fabiano Caruana easily thanks to a horrible blunder. In the position on the left, the critical line is 14…fxg6 15.g4!? which Nakamura described as ‘certainly playable’, where he undoubtedly had some ideas in mind. Caruana chose 14…hxg6 and after 15.Bxd4! Qxd4 16.Qe1 saw himself forced to give his queen and resigned shortly after. Also 15…Bxd4 16.Qh6 Qd6 17.Rxd4! Qxd4 18.Qh7+ Kf8 19.Qh8+ would have left Black a piece down and a lost position. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 6: Fabiano Caruana – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana are in joint lead after six rounds at the Paris Chess Grand Prix. The only decisive game of the sixth round saw Caruana beat Vassily Ivanchuk. The latter resigned. Ivanchuk expressed his bewilderment in the press conference, saying he was calculating 16…f6 but then his “hands moved 16…Bd7″! He could not cope with the shock and quickly lost the game afterwards. Replay the game with Chess King and read the game notes by WGM Alina l’Ami at the official website. Read more…

World Chess Cup 2013 Ghost Pin: Fabiano Caruana – Julio Granda Zuniga 1-0

The big upset-maker from Peru Julio Granda Zuniga fell for an oversight completely misreading a pin. Black blundered with 20…f5?? not realising that the following en passant was safe enough. Black was forced to resign right away. Read more…

Dortmund Chess 2013 Round 1: Dmitry Andrejkin – Fabiano Caruana 0-1

Fabiano Caruana played this comfortably and the win takes him to 2800 in the live ratings. Caruana’s powerful light squared bishop was quite an advantage and an active Black King pitched in. Andrejkin went down in the blaze of a Kingside attack. Enjoy the game with Chess King in the extended post. You can read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 7: Alexander Morozevich – Fabiano Caruana 0-1

An English opening with White with the reversed Hedgehog structure. Already after 8.b3 Caruana was unhappy with this opening and that is why he decided to exchange the light-squared Bishops. Morozevich might have felt Black’s discomfort as he immediately replied with aggressive-looking 11.h4. But Caruana kept his cool and calmly exchanged another pair of pieces to reduce the attacking potential. White gave up on the aggression as he castled Kingside and the play became slower and more positional. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 6: Fabiano Caruana – Etienne Bacrot 1-0

The sixth round at the Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 saw Italian Grandmaster Fabiana Caruana go for the Scotch opening with which he has beaten Vladimir Kramnik in the past. Caruana said his preparation ended after 21.f3, but he went all out to convert to a R+B vs R+N endgame with an extra pawn. Bacrot was hoping to take advantage of the pin along the a-file. Caruana saw some counterplay after 36.bxc4 Ne4, when the Knight starts jumping around, and “decided to go with 36.b4 which is winning”. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog. Read more…

Thessaloniki Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 2: Fabiano Caruana – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Ivanchuk decided to defend with the deferred Ruy Lopez Steinitz to which Caruana responded by trading the pawns on e5 to clarify the structure in the center. 8.d5 instead of 8.h3 would lead to a totally different setup, reminiscent of the King’s Indian defence. Caruana exchanged the dark-squared Bishop for opponent’s Knight and after 19.Qa4 obtained a slight advantage. Read more…

Renova Group Chess Grand Prix R1: Fabiano Caruana-Teimour Radjabov 1-0

The Renova group Chess Grand Prix has begun in Zug, Switzerland. There were only two decisive games in the first round. Alexander Morozevich beat Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Fabiano Caruana beat Teimour Radjabov. You can read a full report on the round in Chess Blog. Here is the Caruana-Radjabov game. Radjabov chose to play Janisch Gambit in the Spanish against Fabiano Caruana. However, Caruana looked prepared and surprised his opponent with 10.Na4. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R11: Anish Giri – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

Anish Giri went for a King assault against Fabiano Caruana in a Catalan in Round 11 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. The Italian’s greed in a Catalan was punished severely by the Dutchman who could chose between many roads to victory. Black is up a pawn, but very passive and within a few moves his position becomes indefensible: 22.Nd5 Nxd5 23.Rxd5 b6 24.Bb2 a5 25.Ra4 Re8 26.Rg5 g6 27.Bd5 Kf8 28.Rf4 and without waiting for 28…Re7 29.Qc3 Caruana resigned. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment, and read a full round report on Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R10: Fabiano Caruana – Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

US Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura moved up to second place in Round 10 at the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 after a nice victory over Italian talent Fabiano Caruana. Nakamura came prepared with a surprise and Fabiano was confused soon enough. Utilizing his bishop pair, Nakamura kept leaning on White’s position until finally Caruana slipped up, allowing a venomous tactic: 54…g4! 55.hxg4 h3! and White is lost on account of 56.gxh3 Rf8! 57.Kd3 Rf4 and Black wins a piece due to the threat of 58…Bxe4. Replay the game with Chess King, watch the post-game video comment and read a full report on Round 10 at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R5: Peter Leko – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess: Peter Leko beat Fabiano Caruana in a Spanish that goes straight to the classroom with a display of the square c4’s importance in the line. You could learn a thing or two from the game about how to handle a locked queenside and set up an attack down the Kingside. You can replay the game with Chess King. A report on Round 5 is available at Chess Blog. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 R4: Fabiano Caruana – Ivan Sokolov 1-0

Italy’s talented Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana used a powerful central pawn majority to beat Ivan Sokolov in the fourth round of the 75th Tata Steel Chess 2013. Watch the post-game comment video by Caruana and replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

75th Tata Steel Chess R3: Viswanathan Anand – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

75th Tata Steel Chess 2013 Round 3: World Champion Viswanathan Anand beat Fabiano Caruana in an exemplary Ruy Lopez. With small maneuvers – from controlling square d5, to dominating the c-file – the Indian chess wizard kept nagging the young Italian who drifted into time trouble. Anand was especially proud of 31.Kh1!, threatening Qc6. Black promptly made his decisive mistake with 31…Be7 after which White infiltrated with 32.Qc7, with the black king soon running for his life. Watch the video and run the game in the Chess King applet. You can also read a full report on Round 3 at Chess Blog. Read more…

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 2: Morozevich-Caruana 1-0

The Taskhent Chess Grand Prix witnessed one decisive game in the second round with Alexander Morozevich beating the very strong Fabiano Caruana. Morozevich was back to his enchanting form with a non-mainline Berlin and now leads the Grand Prix with a perfect score. The second stage of the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place from November 21 to December 5 in the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Replay the nice game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Bilbao Chess Masters Final R6: Carlsen Beats Caruana’s French Defense

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has begun the Bilbao half of the Sao Paulo-Chess Masters final with a win over leader Fabiano Caruana. The game lasted more than four hours. The Norwegian held his own in the French defense game and entered the middle game with a slight advantage, which after a simplification of some pieces, ended up in a hard-fought but equal endgame. But, Caruana committed inaccuracies. (The round report is available at Chess Blog.) Run the Chess King applet to enjoy the game. Read more…

Sao Paulo Chess Masters R2: Caruana’s Double Exchange Sac Beats Karjakin

The second round of the Sao Paulo Chess Masters Grand Slam witnessed Italian GM Fabiano Caruana take on Russian GM Sergey Karjakin in a ruthless game. Caruana – with Black – found the White pieces uncoordinated and went for a double exchange sacrifice to win. Caruana now leads with a perfect score after two rounds. (Report on Chess Blog.) Black is winning as White has just played 26.g4. A simple, safe continuation like 26. …Qc8 or even 26. …Ne5 wins for Black. But, can you figure out the attacking line that Caruana went for? Read more…

Istanbul Chess Olympiad R2: Italian Dinner for Chinese #1 Wang Hao-Fabiano Caruana 1-0

Chinese #1 Wang Hao decided to have an Italian dinner at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 in the second round. He first elbowed out the Italian prodigy Fabiano Caruana on the a-file then cooked up a winning endgame with a piece up. Caruana fought valiantly till the end, but it just wasn’t his day. Check it out. For the report of the second round at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012, read Chess Blog. Read more…

Sparkassen Chess Meet: Caruana Beats Kramnik, Takes Title

The Dortmund Gang

Chess is a great leveler! Just when defending champion Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik was cruising along to another title win at the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meet, Italy’s Fabiano Caruana came along and spoiled the fun. Caruna, who had missed the Tal Memorial title earlier this year with some self-destructive play, managed to stay on course in Dortmund. He has just won the title for 2012 ahead of Russia’s Sergey Karjakin on tiebreak. Here is the nice Caruana-Kramnik game. The Dortmund Sparkassen 2012 report is now up at Chess Blog. Read more…

Italian Job in Moscow Tal Chess R8: Caruana-Kramnik 1-0

A pawn is enough: Caruana and Kramnik in their eighth-round encounter at the Tal Chess Memorial in Moscow on Sunday.

The eighth round at the 7th Tal Chess Memorial was even more exciting than the seventh. One dubious distinction though – not only did the previous joint leaders, Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramnik, lose in the seventh round, but they lost in the eighth round as well. A shock result that allowed Italian champion Fabiano Caruana to take a well-earned sole lead with just one round to go in Moscow at the Pashkov House. Here is the Italian Job – Fabiano Caruana versus Vladimir Kramnik 1-0. Read more…