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Caruana to Play in 2013 US Champs?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/13/12, 2:22 PM.

fabiano caruana 6 larger.jpgThe 20 year-old Italian-American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has expressed an interest in playing in the 2013 US Chess Championships.

Caruana was born in Miami but relocated to Europe with his family when he was 12. He is now rated #5 in the world, and is the world's strongest junior by a wide margin.

However, it is unclear whether Caruana would be eligible to play. Despite having dual citizenship of the US and Italy, the US Championship is regarded as a Zonal event by FIDE, and since Caruana plays for Italy he may not be eligible to take part.

If Caruana took part in the 2013 US Championships it would certainly add an extra dimension to the event, but should he be allowed to play? Have your say in the comments...

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  • 22 months ago

    sixtyfoursquares

    My solution is simple!  Let Caruana select WHICH Country he wants to represent and allow that; but it should be ONE and not two!!

  • 22 months ago

    toastedplz

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  • 22 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Maybe do the sort of thing they did with Fischer.  They said that since he missed his chance to be selected as a candidate that he could compete for the world championship if others stepped down.  Maybe if players who are already slotted to play could step down and provided an opening?  I doubt this would happen since there isn't some strong patriotic US vs. USSR political background here.  It at least gives precedence to FIDE bending their rules.

  • 22 months ago

    Arkarian

    Most people commenting have been dry lunches. Only a few have spoken with sensible words and thoughts. Rules are made to be broken. A player of Caruana's standard will bring more popularity to the event with Europeans viewing in upon it. But always remember, if you make one concession you should do so with the rest.

    I think Caruana entering will do nothing but benefit the tournament and Chess as a whole. 

  • 22 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    Je parle francais

  • 22 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    They might also ask you things in French!

  • 22 months ago

    JustinJ_FairfieldU

    I'm not saying that we don't claim to be Canadian, but maybe if we didn't people would think more of us as a nation.  I mean if we haven't damaged Canada's reputation, we can't be that rude.  Or else the only people we fool are ourselves, and we should stop acting.

  • 22 months ago

    mixi3

    most Americans travelling internationally do say they are Canadian...

    Living in fear is normal Americans' state of mind...

  • 22 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    Actually... most Americans travelling internationally do say they are Canadian...

  • 22 months ago

    JustinJ_FairfieldU

    If that's true that would explain why foreigners hate us so much.  All the decent Americans are Canadians lol.

  • 22 months ago

    Boocho

    @NajdorfDefense:

    You must not be too keen on international travel... There's a massive difference in the way people treat you when you say you're Canadian instead of American.

    Every single person I've ever traveled abroad with, and a fair majority of those I run into (several trips annually) always declare themselves Canadian instead of American when speaking to civilians.

    The following statement is an ignorant assumption, especially considering most people traveling abroad are not college students or hippies (they can't afford to travel in the first place), they're travelling for business.

    "A few college kids and ex-hippies do and that's about it."

  • 22 months ago

    NajdorfDefense

    Most americans traveling the world do not say they are Canadian, that's ludicrous. A few college kids and ex-hippies do and that's about it.

  • 22 months ago

    baldyhead

    Most Americans travelling around the world usually say their Canadian to mute peoples response! If I was him I'd stick to being Italian! He's going to be one of the names to watch in the future. The US championship needs him more than the other way round, he'll do fine without it.

  • 22 months ago

    rrrttt

    I'm okay with it... he is a citizen.

  • 22 months ago

    BertLee

    In the article it states that the problem is with FIDE.  Why make the USA

    the bad guy?

  • 22 months ago

    javaid321

    can i just say that caruana has spent most of his life in america. plus it wasn't his fault he had to relocate. because of that he had to play for italy. so maybe he likes america better, let him play.

  • 22 months ago

    Mixologist

    Like others have said, I think if he's going to be allowed to become "US Champion", he should also be a member of the US team.  His citizenship is no issue, but it doesn't make sense to allow someone the title of one country while playing under another's flag.

  • 22 months ago

    IM Fins0905

    Agree with Petrosianic. Caruana should be required to change federations to the US and follow the proper procedure (ok, we can fast-track him since he's nearly 2800 Smile). If he wants to avail himself of the US Championship, it makes sense that he also represent our country at the Olympiad and other international competitions. The issue has very little do with citizenship, in my opinion.

  • 22 months ago

    Bochumer

    He should be allowed to play because he is a US citizen. Its normal in Common Wealth chess championship, players outside the zone are allowed to play. They can even finish first but are not awarded the Common Wealth Champion Title as the title is only for the players in the zone.

  • 22 months ago

    drumdaddy

    It would be huge! Kamsky, Nakamura, and Caruana will raise the U.S. Championships to the top echelon.

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