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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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  • 2 years ago


    He's an American. 

  • 2 years ago


    Danny makes a very good point- the Federation shouldn't matter too much, but it would make more sense if he participated in (or more reasonably, {won}) events in the U.S.

    This type of prerequisite qualification would offer benefits to the U.S. chess community by having international players in the states helping grow awareness and talent... Instead of just wanting to show up for a potential title that deserves to be held by someone interested in helping (or at a bare minimum more active in) the U.S. Chess community.

  • 2 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...


  • 2 years ago


    He shouldn't play in the 2013 US Championship unless if he switches his federation from Italy to U.S.

  • 2 years ago


    No he should not. He has represented Italy and that should now be hes country of choice regarding Home nation championships.

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