Fabiano Caruana Books Place In Grand Chess Tour Finals After Beating Wesley So In Playoff

Fabiano Caruana Books Place In Grand Chess Tour Finals After Beating Wesley So In Playoff

World championship challenger Fabiano Caruana of the US defeated his teammate Wesley So within the playoff for the 4th place thus cementing a spot within the finals of the Grand Fabi can do it Chess Tour circuit 2018.

In the mini-match consisting of game speedy chess games held at the Saint Louis Chess Club on Tuesday, he defeated Wesley So with a margin of 1.5 - 0.5 to book his berth to the finals. He joins Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave within the closing event at London to be held in December 2018.

After profitable the Candidates tournament in March 2018, Caruana's kind continues to be thus boding well for the world championship match towards Magnus Carlsen which will also be held in London in November 2018.

Although Caruana has jointly gained the Sinquefield Cup together with Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian, he was not seen as the clear favorite in the tie-break matches towards Wesley So. There are separate rating lists for rapid chess (games lasting for about 1 hour totally) and blitz chess (about 10 minutes), and in both of them, Caruana has been positioned much decrease than Wesley So.

In fast score, Caruana is ranked 26th in the world with a score of 2738 while So is 2nd on this planet with 2852, whereas in blitz he is 36th on the earth with 2709 against So's twelfth place and 2800 points. Thus, Caruana's track report within the faster versions of the game has not been as spectacular as So.

However, Caruana's kind within the Sinquefield Cup and the previous Saint Louis Speedy & Blitz event have been comparatively wantable. Wesley So started because the clear leader of the Grand Chess Tour Grand Prix points at the beginning of the Saint Louis events, however slipped down in standings as a result of his performance in these events. Hence, his kind and confidence going into the tie-break today were the detrimental factors compared to his track record within the format.

Within the first game which was a Catalan opening, Caruana with black items adopted a comparatively new idea of Chinese GM Bu Xiangzhi played in opposition to Indian Vidit Gujrathi at first of this month and seemingly neutralised white's advantage easily. The game was drawn in 33 moves from a dry rook ending.

The second game was an absorbing affair, with Caruana utilizing his white pieces and probing black’s position from the beginning. In a strategically complicated game arising out of a Nimzo-Indian defence, Caruana was once once more the primary to show a new idea on the eleventh move, creating a fancy centergame position. So reacted admirably and the game liquidated into an equal ending with two rooks and a bishop for both sides.

As soon as the tipgame began, Caruana started taking part in a highly subtle and constructive form of chess, elevating his playing energy admirably and slowly outplaying So. When each the gamers reached less than a minute on their clocks, Caruana’s hold on the place tightened and received deservingly on the 62nd move.

Outcomes - Grand Chess Tour tie-break for 4th place:


Caruana (1.5) beat Wesley So (0.5). Caruana advances to the final four event.