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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caruana Crushs Topalov

  As most of you know, the Sinquefield Cup chess tournament is history. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2802 average Elo!) competed making it the strongest tournament in history.
The event was played August 27th to 7th September 7th, 2014.
     Fabiano Caruana scored a fantastic 8.5 – 1.5 winning his first 7 games before finishing undefeated. Magnus Carlsen finished second. The tournament was a disappointment for Nakmura fans.

     Caruana was born on July 30, 1992 in Miami, Florida and when he was four his family moved to Brooklyn, New York.  His talent for chess was discovered the following year at an after school chess program. In 2004, at age twelve, his family relocated to Madrid so he could better pursue his chess career. He trained with IM Boris Zlotnik in Madrid and in 2007 he moved to Budapest to train with GM Alex Chernin. It looks like there may be a world championship in his future.

Final Standings were:
1-Caruana 8.5
2-Carlsen 5.5
3-Topalov 5.0
4-5-Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave 4.0
6-Nakamura 3.0

One of the more exciting games I came across was Caruana’s crush of Topalov for his fifth successive win.

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