Recently, the Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won the well-cast King’s Tournament in Bucharest. Due to a weak performance in the final match, Caruana, one again, missed his chance on breaking the 2800 hurdle in his Elo-rating.
Fabiano Caruana ahead off Wang Hao
The number of participants at the 7th edition of the King’s Tournament in Bucharest amounted to five players, who all had to compete against each other twice. In the end, Fabiano Caruana secured the victory with 5.0 points out of 8 duels. Along with three victories, he achieved four draws, and was defeated once. The match lost to Wang Hao was the decisive reason for not breaking the 2800 points Elo-rating. Instead, he holds a current rating of 2792.2 points, which is much higher than his measured performance of 2779 points in the world rankings. The second match against Hao ended in a draw. Fabiano Caruana achieved one victory and one draw in all other matches against the remaining contestants at the King’s Tournament in Bucharest.
Wang Hao in 2nd place at King’s Tournament
The Chinese player Wang Hao (Elo 2733) finished the chess event in Bucharest on 2nd rank. Next to his success and draw against the world’s number 6 and final winner, he obtained one more victory and 4 draws throughout the tournament, and therefore scored 4.5 points. Hao, 20th in world rankings, came off 2nd at the tournament in Rumania, ahead off Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (73rd/2674) at 4.0 points. Nisipeanu is followed by Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan (27th/ 2732) with 4.0 points and Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine. Ponomariov currently holds an Elo-rating of 2751 and ranks 14th in worldwide standings, but was only able to achieve 3.0 points out of six draws and two defeats.
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe