Fabiano Caruana | Winner of the GRENKE Chess Classic 2018

Post-game interview with the tournament winner Fabiano Caruana after his victory with the black pieces against Nikita Vitiugov in round 9 of the GRENKE Chess Classic 2018.

Fabiano Caruana played a very positional game in the Russian defense against Nikita Vitiugov.He could gain a healthy pawn structure which lead to a long-term positional advantage.

Fabiano Caruana won the GRENKE Chess Classic 2018 with 6,5 points out of 9 games. Congratulations!

We wish Fabiano Caruana good for the US Championships 2018.
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The upcoming World Chess Championship will take place from 09 to 28 November 2018 in London. Magnus Carlsen (Norway) defends his title against Fabiano Caruana after the 25-year-old Italian-American won the candidate tournament in Berlin. But all chess fans get a taste of this duel just a few days after Caruana’s triumph, because the current superstars of the scene meet at the GRENKE Chess Classic.

At the press conference after his victory in the last round in Berlin against Alexander Grischuk, Caruana was already very self-confident: “We’re going to actually play at the Grenke Classic in a few days, so hopefully I’ll send a message there!”. Whether the duel will take place in Karlsruhe at the beginning or in Baden-Baden in the second half, however, is not yet clear, as the pairings will be drawn one day before the start of the tournament.

In addition to Carlsen and Caruana, three other players are the favourites for the tournament victory. It will be interesting to see if Levon Aronian (Armenia), after his disappointing performance at the candidate tournament, can muster the strength to repeat his success at the GRENKE Chess Classic last year. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India), on the other hand, will start the race fully rested.

The field of participants with ten world-class grandmasters is completed by Nikita Vitiugov (Russia), Arkadij Naiditsch (Azerbaijan), the world’s strongest chess player Hou Yifan (China), Georg Meier (Germany) and Matthias Blübaum (Germany).

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  1. I knew it, that you'll win the tournament. All the best for the hot battle in Novemeber 2018, Grandmaster Caruana!
    We will watch all your games with excitement.

  2. You are radiating confidence and humility. A deadly combo! Next is the American championship and then the world crown. It’ll suit you just fine Fabi.

  3. A nice follow up to winning the candidates! Congrats Fabiano.

  4. I'd love to smoke a joint with this dude and call him Fabiano Marijuana

  5. The way world events are going right now there ain’t going to be any world left to hold a chess match in November, which is a shame as I would like to see Fabi take on Magnus.

  6. Valery Salov is, sadly, a nut job who thinks nut job thoughts.

  7. Congratulations to Fabulous Fabi and to Grenke for putting on a great event. The Chess 24 commentators of Peter and Jan was one of the best. I hope they will repeat that duo for future events. Thanks to all involved in a memorable event!

  8. Very nice premature attackulation, congrats Fabster.

  9. Come on Fiabiano! You can beat the mighty Norwegian Magnus Carlsen! You've beaten him in some stunning games! – This November you can bring our American flag back to its rightful home at the top of the chess world as did the amazing Bobby Fischer so many years ago! Magnus was even losing the last time he tried to defend his World Chess Champion title to the great defender Karjakin (He only won the rapid games at the end to hold his title) — You can Attack and Defend and extremely accurately! Let's get America back on track where it belongs in the chess world! Congratulations Fabiano! 🇺🇸🙄

  10. Caruana has the same problem I have. Take a look at his teeth while he talks. He doesn't fully open his mouth while talking, but solely his lips. That's the main reason why it's hard to understand him sometimes.

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