Caruana Wins Dortmund, Now World Number 3

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 20/07/14, 08:51.

GM Fabiano Caruana clinched first place at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany with a round to spare. It was his second title in three years.

In doing so, he crested 2800 for the first time and is now the third highest-rated player in the world. He is only the seventh player in history to top 2800.

Assuming he plays no more events before the Olympiad in August, his rating will become officially 2801, only four points behind GM Levon Aronian.

In round six, he beat defending champion GM Michael Adams. Caruana moved to 5/6 and since no one had more than 3.5/6, he could not be caught. Today he drew GM Peter Leko to finish with 5.5/7 and a 1.5-point margin over Leko, who finished tied for second at 4/7.

Here's the clinching game. Caruana's play was straightforward for the Berlin -- use the kingside majority while not allowing Black's queenside pawns or bishop pair to do any damage.

The draw against Leko in the final round was simply a formality. What really won the event for Caruana was his very fast start. He opened with 3.5/4, including wins over GM David Baramidze, GM Ruslan Ponomariov, and GM Georg Meier.

Here is the round four win. Caruana thought that after 34. f6 White stood better, even though the fearless engines may disagree. Black needed to play 37...Rg6 to have any chance to survive.

The other big story from the event was GM Vladimir Kramnik's demise. As previously reported, he was upset in round one, then failed to convert two winning positions in the next two rounds.

GM Vladimir Kramnik (left) "managed" to draw GM Fabiano Caruana in round five. It was the only game in which he didn't lose rating points. (photo: Dagobert Kohlmeyer)

His event didn't get better, as he drew in rounds 4-6 and then lost the final round to end with 2.5/7 and second-to-last place. The 10-time winner of Dortmund lost nearly 17 rating points and is only decimal points away from falling out of the world top ten. His 2760 rating is his lowest in five years.

In the final round, Kramnik played lifelessly as Ponomariov won a pawn and converted.

Kramnik resigned rather than see mate in three executed on the board (a clever "staircase" -- 57. Rf7+ Kg6 58. Rf8+ Kh7 59. Rh8#).

If you include the final four rounds at his previous tournament (Norway 2014), he is now +0 = 6 -5 in his last 11 games, which is a rating loss of 32 points.

Also notable is the strong performance of Meier. After the opening round upset of Kramnik, he went on to play .500 chess and finish in joint second with Leko with 4/7.

The final placement list can be viewed here.

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  • 2 anni fa


    In my opinion, Caruana & Karjakin are likely to be future world champions

  • 2 anni fa


    "Kramnik resigned rather than see mate in three executed on the board"

    Wow! Kramnik can now see mate in 3?? He couldn't spot mate in 1 a few years ago, what an improvement!

  • 2 anni fa


    Congrats....Caruana...well done...!!!

    I really feel bad for Vladi...really awesome player.

  • 2 anni fa


    Go Fabiano!!!!!! Next world champ!!!

  • 2 anni fa


    So far lots of (deserved) praise for Caruana, but hardly anything on the actual games.

    The description of Caruana-Meier seems a bit short (annotating by the result?) as the black kingside attack seemed initially faster, and Caruana might have been in some trouble at some stage. A 'neutral' summary might be: the position was complicated and double-edge, the better player prevailed.

    And Kramnik didn't lose a pawn and the game against Ponomariov because he played 'lifelessly', but rather because he became too active. Is this one point of the "anti-Berlin" 5.Re1 - luring the opponent into trying something?

  • 2 anni fa


    isnt the WC every year now?? Nov 2014 and then Nov 2015?

  • 2 anni fa


    Anand will beat Magnus in Nov 2014

    Caruana will beat Magnus and co in Challengers tourney

    Magnus will retire after the rout and Caruana will remain the new #2

  • 2 anni fa


  • 2 anni fa


    Caruana is for sure the strongest opposition for Magnus Carlsen at this moment in time, and the guy continues to improve.

    Indeed 2016  WC.....Caruana v Carlsen would be spectacular!!

  • 2 anni fa


    An inaccuracy in the opening of the article: Leko didn't finish second alone on 4/7; he split it with Meier who also ended the tournament with 4/7.

  • 2 anni fa


    ''Notes by Caruana on the official site. ''


    where's that?

  • 2 anni fa


    Yes,I think he would have a genuine chance against Carlsen.

  • 2 anni fa


    new breed of chess players are pure grinders. Not much innovation here at all, just brute force play.

  • 2 anni fa


    Caruana is really rising so fast. A good challenger to Carlsen. Be ready Magnus. Caruana is one of the few who beat Carlsen. So no doubt it will be a very good match for both young chess geniuses.   

  • 2 anni fa


    @redman..Carlsen won't survive the November, 2014 massacre by Anand..So who will play in 2016 is not clear to me..

  • 2 anni fa


    Trade queens , just so you get another ! ? - what a gm way to win.. Although, I can't say it's entertaining.

  • 2 anni fa


    Caruana is humble and hardworking. And these qualities stand him in good stead for the future. He will be Magnus' challenger soon.

  • 2 anni fa


    Beautiful game! Congrats Caruana!

  • 2 anni fa


    The next Candidates will be in 2016 and surely Caruana will comfortably qualify to meet Carlsen. What a match that will be.

  • 2 anni fa


    Right now, Caruana is definitely one of my favorite players. I especially like when geniuses just completely crush the limits of mankind and ascend in a seemingly inexplicable way to the very top.

    Congratulations, Caruana. I need not wish you a successful future because I am certain you will continue gifting us chess fans with countless great games for years to come. 

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