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  1. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    11 Oct '12 05:01 / 1 edit
    I can't recall any real discussion of this player yet on this site. What are peoples thoughts? I think his results over the last year speak for themself... winner of Reggio Emilio, second at Wijk aan Zee, first in Reykjavik open, second at the Tal Memorial, winner of Dortmund.

    Are we seeing the rise of a future World champion here? Perhaps Caruana is the first of the Juniors to really threaten Carlsen at the top of the ratings list (obviously without ruling out Aronian..).

    I could see a potential clash between him and Carlsen for the World championship sometime in the next decade. I think Carlsen is clearly stronger at the moment (and improving still, shouldn't forget that) but Caruana really looks strong! The manner with which he won Dortmond for example (Kramniks tournament, though perhaps not any more). His style is exciting, somewhat classical (or at least it seems to me). Could he win Bilbao? He's leading with three to play..
  2. 11 Oct '12 07:27
    Originally posted by Marinkatomb
    I can't recall any real discussion of this player yet on this site. What are peoples thoughts? I think his results over the last year speak for themself... winner of Reggio Emilio, second at Wijk aan Zee, first in Reykjavik open, second at the Tal Memorial, winner of Dortmund.

    Are we seeing the rise of a future World champion here? Perhaps Caruana is ...[text shortened]... sical (or at least it seems to me). Could he win Bilbao? He's leading with three to play..
    I followed all his games during the last European championships, yes he plays classical chess, Karjakin I think is a real serious contender for World champion.
  3. 11 Oct '12 10:44
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    I followed all his games during the last European championships, yes he plays classical chess, Karjakin I think is a real serious contender for World champion.
    As long as his name is not the same as his occupation, otherwise he'll be playing for the Siberian Salt Mine Championship!
  4. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    11 Oct '12 17:00
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    I followed all his games during the last European championships, yes he plays classical chess, Karjakin I think is a real serious contender for World champion.
    I'm not so sure about Karjakin, His rating performance is very consistent but he hasn't really won anything for ages. While i'm not really qualified to say this, i have the feeling he needs to change his approach slightly. I think his real strength lies in his end game technique (which is outstanding!), i feel he could really take a leaf out of Carlsens book and adapt his style to try and reach tricky endings. Carlsen has topped the ratings list solely on the strength of his endings it seems to me, he picks up points where most players would draw. Karjakin could easily emulate this is he wanted to, but he really sticks to fashionable openings which other top GMs know really well and know how to secure a draw if needed.

    Karjakin is also a great analyst. While i struggle to find a specific example, i have seen him find some interesting (often winning) ideas in openings that were considered 'worked out'. But again, i think he could try playing less sharp lines and relly on superior technique to seek victory if he so chose. He definitely has the talent to threaten the World elite, but does he have that extra 5% it takes to get to the very top? Not sure yet...
  5. 11 Oct '12 18:54
    Originally posted by Marinkatomb
    I can't recall any real discussion of this player yet on this site. What are peoples thoughts? I think his results over the last year speak for themself... winner of Reggio Emilio, second at Wijk aan Zee, first in Reykjavik open, second at the Tal Memorial, winner of Dortmund.

    Are we seeing the rise of a future World champion here? Perhaps Caruana is ...[text shortened]... sical (or at least it seems to me). Could he win Bilbao? He's leading with three to play..
    He became so strong due to working very hard with great russian coaches. Fabiano is chess-addicted he works every day during all the day.At the age of 20 he already won Kramnik twice in the game with classic control!! Caruana can make 15-20 best moves in a row (in the middlegame). His endgame technique isn't perfect, so he still can't be at the top for now
  6. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    11 Oct '12 18:58 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by elady
    He became so strong due to working very hard with great russian coaches. Fabiano is chess-addicted he works every day during all the day.At the age of 20 he already won Kramnik twice in the game with classic control!! Caruana can make 15-20 best moves in a row (in the middlegame). His endgame technique isn't perfect, so he still can't be at the top for now
    I think he's still too young to top the World, but he's got time on his side. Carlsen is going to take some beating though, he seems to have a few detractors on RHP, but imo he's going to dominate chess for the next decade. Only question is, who is going to be his Nemesis? Caruana looks pretty promising..