"Fantastic, Ruthless, Surprising"

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Caruana finished his phenomenal performance at Sinquefiled Cup with a draw against Aronian 

8,5 out of 10 with a rating performance, rounded, 3100 - this is the final result of Fabiano Caruana who won the Sinquefield Cup held in US. It reminded Anatoly Karpov's phenomenal performance in Linares-1994 along with other outstanding performances.

Winning first seven games, Caruana drew last three not getting serious chances to win only in the last enconter.

ARONIAN - CARUANA, Round 10
Tarrasch defense
After the game Caruana said the game was more or less equal, although he played inaccurately at some points. 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.g3 d5 5.d4 e6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bg2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Nxd4 10.cxd4 Bb4+ 11.Kf1

"We [at preparations] checked this line some time ago. Maybe Black is a bit worse but it still has a solid position. I expected that I could defend this position" - Caruana.  11...0–0 / 11...Bc3 12.Rb1 Qxd4 13.Qxd4 Bxd4 14.Bxb7 Bxb7 15.Rxb7 0–0 16.Kg2 with a slight advantage for White took place several times . 12.Rb1 In Giri-Anand encounter, Monte Carlo (blindfold) 2011, White chose more logical 12.Bb2. 12...Bd6!?

13.h4 Aronian marked it as a mistake noting he had to play 13.f4 and then Kf2, e4, Be3. The computer can't choose between different opportunities. 13...Rb8 14.h5 h6 15.e4 b6 16.Be3 e5! 17.dxe5 Bxe5 / Black is already a bit better. 18.f4

18...Qxd1+ More ambitious is 18...Qf6!? with an idea of 19.Kg1 Rd8!. 19.Rxd1 Bg4 20.Rd5 Bb2 21.Rb5 Ba3 22.Bh3 Bxh3+ "22...Bd1 23.Rd5 and I am a bit worse or so I thought" - Aronian.  22...Bf3 23.Bg2 could lead to the repetition. 23.Rxh3 Rbc8 24.Rh2 Rfd8 25.Rb3 Bc1 26.Re2 Bxe3 27.Rbxe3 Kf8 28.e5 Rc5 29.Kg2 Ke7 30.Rb2 Rdc8

"He could move the king on g4, White is a bit better but it must be a draw" - Caruana. (At least this evaluation proves that American-Italian GM is the modest among all those reaching 2800 rating). 1/2
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary)

In the interview to Maurice Ashley Aronian noted he didn't play a single good game throught the tournament. "I know the reasons.. I can guess why I am playing bad but I wouldn't like talking about it now." 

Caruana on his turn expressed happiness with his result noting he would prefer to forget the 9th round game against Nakamura when he missed very real winning chances. 

(Оn a possibility to witch the federation to US). "These are rumours, I would prefer not to talk about it now."

At the final press conference all of Caruana's rivals were asked to explain Italian's performance in this competition with only one word:
Nakamura: "Fantastic"
Topalov couldn't make it into only one word
Carlsen: "Depressing"
Vachier-Lagrave: "Ruthless"
Aronian: "Surprizing"

The players were also asked about the best game of the competition:
Nakamura: Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 (about his performance - "I haven't played a good game")
Topalov: any of Caruana's wins ("there were just too many wins")
Carlsen: Topalov - Caruana 0-1
Caruana wasn't sure which of his games was best, he liked all of them
Vachier-Lagrave: Carlsen - Caruana 0-1 ("Kd3 extremelly impressive")
Aronian: Carlsen - Caruana 0-1 (agreed with Vachier-Lagrave)

Earlier Carlsen was asked if he continues considering himself the world champion if his match against Anand won't happen. Magnus said that is a good question but unfortunately he is not ready to answer.  

At the very end there was announced Nakamura - Aronian match in chess-960 which starts in a week.

Final standings:
Caruana - 8,5
Carlsen - 5,5
Topalov - 5
Vachier-Lagrave and Aronian - 4 points each
Nakamura - 3


Caruana's coach Vladimir Chuchelov

Take a look at the last round games as well as of all encounters played by Caruana. 

[Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.06"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A35"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "60"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. g3 d5 5. d4 e6 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Bg2 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Nxd4 10. cxd4 Bb4+ 11. Kf1 O-O 12. Rb1 Bd6 13. h4 Rb8 14. h5 h6 15. e4 b6 16. Be3 e5 17. dxe5 Bxe5 18. f4 Qxd1+ 19. Rxd1 Bg4 20. Rd5 Bb2 21. Rb5 Ba3 22. Bh3 Bxh3+ 23. Rxh3 Rbc8 24. Rh2 Rfd8 25. Rb3 Bc1 26. Re2 Bxe3 27. Rbxe3 Kf8 28. e5 Rc5 29. Kg2 Ke7 30. Rb2 Rdc8 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.06"] [Round "10.2"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2877"] [PlyCount "38"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 b6 11. Bf4 Bb4 12. Ne4 Ba6 13. Rfc1 Be2 14. Nfd2 Bxd2 15. Nxd2 Nd4 16. Be3 Nf5 17. Bf4 Nd4 18. Be3 Nf5 19. Bf4 Nd4 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.06"] [Round "10.3"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B90"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 h5 8. Bg5 Be6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. Nec3 g6 12. Bc4 Bh6 13. O-O O-O 14. Bb3 Nc6 15. Qd3 Rc8 16. Rad1 Nd4 17. Ne2 Nxb3 18. Qxb3 b5 19. a4 b4 20. c3 bxc3 21. Nexc3 Kg7 22. Qb7 a5 23. Qa6 Ra8 24. Qe2 Rc8 25. Qa6 Ra8 26. Qd3 Rc8 27. Nb5 Rc6 28. Qa3 Qd7 29. Rfe1 Bg5 30. Rd3 Rd8 31. Red1 Qb7 32. Rc3 Rd7 33. Rdd3 Bd8 34. Rxc6 Qxc6 35. Rc3 Qa8 36. Nbc7 Bxc7 37. Rxc7 Rxc7 38. Nxc7 Qc6 39. Nxe6+ fxe6 40. g3 Kf7 41. b4 Qxe4 42. b5 Qe1+ 43. Kg2 Qe4+ 44. Kh2 Qe2 45. Kg2 Qe4+ 46. Kh2 Qe2 47. Kg2 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.27"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Topalov, Veselin"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A35"] [WhiteElo "2772"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nc7 7. O-O e5 8. a3 Rb8 9. d3 Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Rc1 Bd7 12. Nd2 Nd4 13. Nc4 f6 14. f4 exf4 15. Bxf4 Nde6 16. Bd2 b6 17. g4 Be8 18. Be1 b5 19. Ne3 Bd6 20. Ncd5 Nxd5 21. Bxd5 Bf7 22. Nf5 Be5 23. Qd2 Nd4 24. Bxf7+ Rxf7 25. Rd1 Nxf5 26. gxf5 Qd4+ 27. Bf2 Qg4+ 28. Kh1 c4 29. Qc2 Re8 30. dxc4 Qh5 31. h4 Qg4 32. Qd3 bxc4 33. Qe3 Rfe7 34. b3 Bb2 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.28"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave, Maxime"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2768"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. O-O Qxb2 9. Qe1 cxd4 10. Bxd4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Bb4 12. Ndb5 Ba5 13. Rb1 Qxc2 14. Rc1 Qb2 15. g4 Bg6 16. f4 Be4 17. Rf2 Nh6 18. Bd3 Qb4 19. Rb1 Qc5 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Qxa5 O-O 22. Be2 e3 23. Rff1 Rfc8 24. Qe1 Qd5 25. Rb2 f6 26. Qg3 fxe5 27. fxe5 Rf8 28. Rxf8+ Rxf8 29. Qxe3 Nf7 30. Nc3 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.29"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C24"] [WhiteElo "2877"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 Bb4+ 6. c3 Bd6 7. Bg5 dxe4 8. dxe4 h6 9. Bh4 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nbd7 11. Bg3 Bc7 12. O-O Nh5 13. h3 Nxg3 14. fxg3 Nc5 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Nxe5+ Kg8 17. Ng6 Qg5 18. Rf8+ Kh7 19. Nxh8 Bg4 20. Qf1 Nd3 21. Qxd3 Rxf8 22. hxg4 Qxg4 23. Nf3 Qxg3 24. e5+ Kxh8 25. e6 Bb6+ 26. Kh1 Qg4 27. Qd6 Rd8 28. Qe5 Rd5 29. Qb8+ Kh7 30. e7 Qh5+ 31. Nh2 Rd1+ 32. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 33. Nf1 Qxf1+ 34. Kh2 Qg1+ 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.30"] [Round "4.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2805"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3 d6 9. a3 Na5 10. Ba2 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. b4 Nc6 13. Bd2 d5 14. Re1 Qd6 15. Na2 Nd7 16. Qe2 d4 17. Reb1 Nb6 18. Nc1 Na4 19. Nb3 Rf7 20. Rc1 Rd8 21. Ng5 Rf6 22. Qh5 h6 23. Nf3 Rdf8 24. Rf1 R8f7 25. Rae1 Bf8 26. h3 g6 27. Qh4 Qe7 28. Qg3 Bg7 29. Na5 Nxa5 30. Nxe5 Nb7 31. Nxg6 Qd8 32. e5 Rf5 33. f4 c5 34. Nh4 Rh5 35. Nf3 Kh7 36. Qg4 Rhf5 37. Nh4 Kh8 38. Nxf5 Rxf5 39. Qg6 Qe7 40. g4 Rf8 41. f5 Qe8 42. Qxe8 Rxe8 43. f6 Bf8 44. f7 Re7 45. Rf6 Nb6 46. Bxh6 Nd7 47. Ref1 cxb4 48. axb4 Bxh6 49. Rxh6+ Kg7 50. Rh5 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.08.31"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "134"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nbd2 Bf5 5. Nh4 Be4 6. f3 Bg6 7. e3 e6 8. g3 Be7 9. a3 Nbd7 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. Bd3 e5 13. O-O O-O 14. Qb3 Qc8 15. Nb1 exd4 16. exd4 Nb8 17. Nc3 Nc6 18. Be3 Qd7 19. Rad1 Rfd8 20. Rfe1 Ne8 21. Bf2 Nc7 22. Bf1 Bf6 23. Qa2 g5 24. b4 g6 25. Qd2 Kg7 26. b5 Ne7 27. Be3 Ne6 28. Bh3 Nf5 29. Bxf5 gxf5 30. f4 g4 31. Qd3 Rac8 32. Rc1 Rc4 33. Ne2 Nc7 34. Nc3 Rc8 35. h3 gxh3 36. Kh2 Nxb5 37. Nxb5 Qxb5 38. Kxh3 Qd7 39. Kg2 b5 40. Rb1 a6 41. Rbc1 Qe6 42. Bf2 Rxc1 43. Rxe6 fxe6 44. g4 fxg4 45. Qe2 Kf7 46. Qd3 R1c2 47. Qh7+ Ke8 48. f5 Bxd4 49. Qg6+ Kd8 50. Qxe6 Rxf2+ 51. Kg3 Rc3+ 52. Kxg4 Rg2+ 53. Kf4 Rf2+ 54. Kg4 Kc7 55. Qe7+ Kb6 56. Qd8+ Rc7 57. Qxd5 Bc5 58. Qd8 Kb7 59. f6 Bxa3 60. Qd5+ Kb6 61. Qd8 Bc5 62. Qb8+ Rb7 63. Qd8+ Ka7 64. Qd5 Bb6 65. Kg5 Rc7 66. Kg6 b4 67. Qe6 Bd4 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.02"] [Round "6.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Topalov, Veselin"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B46"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2772"] [PlyCount "61"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Nf6 9. Re1 Be7 10. e5 Nd7 11. Qg4 Kf8 12. Na4 Qa5 13. Re2 h5 14. Qf4 g5 15. Bd2 Qc7 16. Qg3 h4 17. Qg4 Rg8 18. Rae1 c5 19. c4 dxc4 20. Bxc4 Bb7 21. h3 Rd8 22. Bc3 Nb8 23. Re3 Nc6 24. Bxe6 fxe6 25. Rf3+ Ke8 26. Qxe6 Rg7 27. Qh6 Nd4 28. e6 Nxf3+ 29. gxf3 Bf8 30. Qh5+ Ke7 31. Bxg7 1-0 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.03"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Vachier Lagrave, Maxime"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D31"] [WhiteElo "2768"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Bf4 Nf6 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 Nbd7 7. c5 Ne4 8. Bd3 f5 9. Nf3 c6 10. Ne5 Nxe5 11. Bxe5 Bf6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Ne2 e5 14. Qa4 Qh4 15. g3 Qg4 16. Rf1 Ng5 17. Kd2 Nf3+ 18. Kc3 Nxh2 19. Rh1 Nf3 20. Qa5 Qg5 21. dxe5 Qe7 22. Nd4 Nxe5 23. b3 b6 24. cxb6 c5 25. Nb5 Bb7 26. bxa7 d4+ 27. exd4 Nxd3 28. Kxd3 Bxh1 29. Rxc5 Qe4+ 30. Kc4 Qe2+ 31. Kb4 Qd2+ 32. Rc3 Bc6 33. a4 Bxb5 34. Kxb5 Qxd4 35. Rc7 Rfd8 36. Qb6 Rd5+ 37. Ka6 Rd6 38. a5 Qd3+ 39. Kb7 Qd5+ 0-1 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.04"] [Round "8.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B36"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2877"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. f3 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 a5 11. b3 a4 12. b4 Be6 13. Rc1 Nd7 14. Be2 Nb6 15. Nb5 a3 16. Nd4 Bd7 17. h4 h5 18. g4 hxg4 19. fxg4 e5 20. Nb3 Bc6 21. Bf3 f5 22. gxf5 gxf5 23. Na5 f4 24. Bf2 Na4 25. Nxc6 bxc6 26. O-O c5 27. b5 Bf6 28. Kh1 Nb6 29. Rcd1 Kh8 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Rxd6 Nxc4 32. Rd5 Ne3 33. Bxe3 fxe3 34. Be2 Bxh4 35. Rf5 Rxf5 36. exf5 Rd8 37. Rxd8+ Bxd8 38. Kg2 Kg7 39. Kf3 Kf6 40. Ke4 c4 41. Bxc4 Bb6 42. Bd3 1/2-1/2 [Event "2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2014.09.05"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2801"] [BlackElo "2787"] [PlyCount "110"] [EventDate "2014.08.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Be6 13. Ng5 Rh6 14. Rfe1 Bb4 15. g4 hxg4 16. hxg4 Ne7 17. Nxe6 Rxe6 18. Kg2 Rd8 19. Rxd8+ Kxd8 20. Rd1+ Kc8 21. Bg3 Bxc3 22. bxc3 Rg6 23. Rd4 f5 24. Bh4 c5 25. Rf4 Nd5 26. Rxf5 Rxg4+ 27. Bg3 Kd8 28. Kh3 Rg6 29. c4 Ne7 30. Rf8+ Kd7 31. f4 Ke6 32. Bh4 Rh6 33. Re8 g5 34. fxg5 Rg6 35. Kg4 Kf7 36. Rh8 Ra6 37. Rh7+ Kf8 38. Rh6 Ng6 39. Kf5 Kg7 40. Bf2 Ne7+ 41. Ke4 Ra4 42. Re6 Nc6 43. Kf5 Rxc4 44. Rg6+ Kf8 45. Rf6+ Kg8 46. g6 Rxc2 47. Be3 Nd4+ 48. Bxd4 cxd4 49. Rf7 d3 50. Rd7 Rf2+ 51. Kg5 Rg2+ 52. Kf6 Rf2+ 53. Kg5 Rg2+ 54. Kf6 Rf2+ 55. Kg5 Rg2+ 1/2-1/2 

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