After we recently reported about Fabiano Caruana’s promotion onto 3rd place in the FIDE world rankings, we will now introduce the Italian player in detail, since the 20 year-old isn’t a name to everyone yet.
Italian- American chess player Caruana learned in Spain and Hungary
Fabiano Luigi Caruana was born in July 1992 in Miami. His parents and ancestors all originate from Italy. At only 5 years Caruana’s talent for chess was discovered. His first coaches were national master Bruce Pandolfini and grandmaster Miron Sher. In 2004, the family with the 12 year-old boy moved to Madrid, where his professional chess career was supposed to begin. There, he trained with Inernational master Boris Zlotnik until 2007, when he moved to Budapest to continue practicing with grandmaster Alexander Chernin. At 14 years 11 months and 20 days old in July 2007, he was announced the youngest Italian- American chess player earning the grandmaster title.
Triumphs over grandmasters at 10 and 13 years
Very early, the Italian caused a stir in the chess world: In September 2002 he beat the grandmaster Aleksander Wojtkiewicz at only 10 years and 117 days. This had never been accomplished by such young player before. At the Klaus Junge Open in Hamburg, Germany the 13 year-old Caruana surprisingly prevailed over grandmaster Ľubomír Ftáčnik. When Fabiano Caruana participated in his first Italian Individual Championship in 2006, he was only shortly defeated by Michele Godena in a playoff at 1.5 : 2.5 points. By December 2007 his performance had improved and at 9.5 points out of 11 duels he was announced Italian National Master. This success was followed by a victory in the C- group at the famous Corus- Tournament in Wijk aan Zee (2008) with 10 out of 13 points and the title defence at the Italian Championship (8.0 / 11).
Italian Championship dominated by Caruana
In December 2010, Fabiano Luigi Caruana repeatedly obtained the title Italian Individual Champion at 9.0 points in 11 duels. In 2011 the fourth title at the national championship of his home country followed, as he earned nine victories and two draws and therefore 10.0 points out of 11 rounds in Perugia. The runner-up champion was 3.5 points behind.
Last year, the Italian won the 40th Chess Days at Dortmund, Germany over Gergei Karjakin with 6 points out of 9 duels. Caruana also triumphed at the Reykjavik Open 2012, at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament A in Wijk aan Zee, and ranked 2nd at the Tal Memorial in Moscow.
written by MIchael, translated by Birthe