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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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  • 3 years ago


    Why does he play for Italy?  Why not India:-)

  • 3 years ago


    The argument for the zonal qualification seems strange (even if it's true on paper) -- what's wrong with someone participating but then not counting for the zonal no matter what result they achieve?  That way, he can lift the level of the US championship, bring in some attention (which is much needed), and even if he gets to be a champion perhaps he wishes to stick with the European zone (and qualify from Italy)...  Arguments to the contrary are either reading rules too literally or are being protectionist.  There's clearly place for win-win resolutions here, and I hope the US federation takes that stance, rather than reading rules and regulations like judges would.

    In essence, they could tell the player to choose which zone they wish to participate in (Italy or US), and then having that count.  It's likely an exception, as not many chess players express a wish or have the strength to play in more than one (non-open) national championship...

    In all likelihood, Caruana is exploring some hidden options -- perhaps even considering switching federations and starting to play for the US in the future.  If the US federation slams the door in his face, what would he choose, and who stands to lose from this?

  • 3 years ago


    In my opinion Caruana should be allowed to play at his will as is the case of Vizy Anand.Who lives in Spain and plays for India at Chess Olympiad that is all about dual citizenship.


  • 3 years ago


    If he has a duel citizenship then why can't he play for both Italy and the US? I don't even see why this is an issue, and the people who do have an issue with it come off as slightly xenophobic.

  • 3 years ago


    The U.S. championship is a competition among U.S. chess players.

    Fabiano might be an American citizen but he is not a U.S. chess player.

    He plays for Italy so he can safely compete in the Italian National Championship.

    With that said, it would be fun to see him play in the U.S. National Championship. I don't think it will happen though.

  • 3 years ago


    being champion (or play) of two different countries at the same time don't look great.

  • 3 years ago


    In situations like this where national pride is at stake and you represent a country, it is sort of weird to represent two countries. Simply put, pick one and stick with it.  Example, chess Olympiad ... who did he represent? Well that should decide the issue once and for all. 

  • 3 years ago


    I agree with Dannys first comment

  • 3 years ago



    Maybe different if he participated for the US olympiad team but nope he was on ITALY!!!!

  • 3 years ago


    he should not be allowed to play, nothing about his chess activities of the past indicate that he considers himself an American, his chess activities show that he considers himself European!

  • 3 years ago


    You are allowing naturalized citizens to play in the US Championships why then disallow natural born players to do so?  

  • 3 years ago


    Oh no!! Not Canadians in the US Championships ;) Danny look what you have done ;)

  • 3 years ago

    GM erichansen

    My biased opinion agrees with you Danny. I emailed the USCF after I read the news. I'd like to have a chance to qualify  if he does! Money Mouth

  • 3 years ago


    they should let him play since he is Italian and American at the same time.

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I think all US Citizens (or Citizens of any country for that matter) have the right to win their championship... I think Undecided

    As long as they compete actively and at least "pretend" to be citizens Tongue Out

  • 3 years ago

    GM erichansen

    Danny, is your idea for only Fabiano or would you open it up to all US citizens whom are strong enough to compete in the US championships? Just wondering.

  • 3 years ago


    The old rule was you had to sit out one year from your last official game under one federation and the first you played for the next.  That was the "Tony Miles Rule" though - over 25 years ago, before the fall of the Soviet Empire.  Definitely should not be allowed to play in the Olympiad for one country and play for the championship of another within a few months.

  • 3 years ago


    Obviously shouldn't be allowed and probably will not due to FIDE.

  • 3 years ago


    He's an American. 

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I wouldn't care about Federation so much if he competed in U.S. Events. To me the criteria for situations like this should be "Must have completed X # of games in U.S.". 

    Maybe that # is 10, 15, 20??? I don't know... BUT there has to be SOME participation in U.S. Tournaments...


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