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Fabiano Caruana Wins 2012 Reykjavik Open

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/13/12, 12:55 PM.

The 19 year-old Italian star Fabiano Caruana won the 2012 Reykjavik Open with a score of 7½/9 points, half a point clear of a seven-way tie for second place.

Caruana was a strong ratings favourite for the event, but he was made to sweat in a final round battle with women's world champion Hou Yifan.  Hou had chances to win the game, but let it slip in mutual time-trouble to allow a draw.

Both players gain rating points after the event - Hou is now 2646 Elo and Caruana has crept above Hikaru Nakamura to 2772 (#6 in the world rankings) on the live rating list, much to the American's chagrin.

The top standings:


 Name Nat Elo Pts TB1 TB2
1  Caruana Fabiano ITA 2767 7.5 56.0 44.0
2  Sokolov Ivan NED 2653 7.0 56.0 43.5
3  Navara David CZE 2700 7.0 55.5 44.0
4  Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635 7.0 53.0 41.0
5  Avrukh Boris ISR 2591 7.0 51.5 42.0
6  Hou Yifan CHN 2639 7.0 51.5 40.0
7  Maze Sebastien FRA 2577 7.0 50.0 39.5
8  Danielsen Henrik ISL 2504 7.0 48.5 38.0
9  Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 6.5 56.0 44.5
10  Hess Robert L USA 2635 6.5 53.5 42.0
11  L'ami Erwin NED 2611 6.5 52.0 40.0
12  Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666 6.5 51.5 40.0
13  Stefansson Hannes ISL 2531 6.5 50.0 39.0
14  Papin Vasily RUS 2575 6.5 49.5 39.5
15  Baklan Vladimir UKR 2612 6.5 49.5 38.0
16  Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2512 6.5 49.0 38.5
17  Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2556 6.5 48.5 37.5
18  Halkias Stelios GRE 2588 6.5 48.5 37.5
19  Akshayraj Kore IND 2422 6.0 52.5 42.5
20  Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2615 6.0 52.5 41.5

 

Reykjavik-Open-2012 - Fabiano Caruana Hou Yifan final round.jpg

 

 

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  • 3 years ago

    systemovich

    The ratings of players who are scared to play in open tournaments are not credible.

  • 3 years ago

    chapablanca2000

    The chance to play against a super-GM like Caruana is a major draw for many chess enthusiasts, especially the younger ones. And while the overall level of opposition might be weaker compared to an invitational, Caruana still had to work and play chess to earn his points.  

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Hou could have gotten a decisive advantage with 34.Rg3, but that move is hard to find in time trouble.

  • 3 years ago

    FM gauranga

    It's very hard to win tournaments like these, even if you're 2767. If it's so easy to gain 5 rating points like this, then why doesn't Naka play more often in such tournaments? He's just envious, too bad.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    Rating points are incidental to chess.  Let us focus more on the intrinsic beauty of the game called chess and the ability of the game to stir our minds and keep our intellectual health at a peak than on rating points.

    ..............................................................................................

    At the professional level rating points are critical. It determines the "pecking order" so to speak...it reveals the best players...and only these are invited to play in the most financially profitable tournaments. Bearing in mind that these players depend on chess to sustain their living standards.

  • 3 years ago

    unclemike

    Rating points are incidental to chess.  Let us focus more on the intrinsic beauty of the game called chess and the ability of the game to stir our minds and keep our intellectual health at a peak than on rating points.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    Is Naka suggesting that Caruana should not have been allowed to participate in such a "weak tournament" (because he is in effect getting "free rating points")?

    ...if that is his case, by his reasoning... then Anand should not be allowed to play Gelfand for the WCC?

    He mentioned that ratings should be weighted? Is it not already? Caruana is in fact risking his rating by playing such "weaker players".

  • 3 years ago

    systemovich

    Would Hikaru make the rating system worse just to protect his rank? That is bad for chess.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Prooz - thanks for spotting that. I must have taken the standings before they had been completely updated after the final round. Now corrected! Smile

  • 3 years ago

    forrie

    How can Naka dream of being a world champ with that attitude? Just because someone else earned 5 rating points he is unhappy? I dont think he likes his chess career. Maybe someone here has a position for him in an apartment store?

  • 3 years ago

    Prooz

    It seems something is wrong with the results table. Erwin L'Ami from the Netherlands was also on 6.5/9 according to the official site: http://chess-results.com/tnr54645.aspx?art=1&rd=9&lan=1&flag=30

  • 3 years ago

    pijao

    It was hard to get Elo points in Reykjavick.

    Well-done Caruana.

  • 3 years ago

    AM37

    amazing

  • 3 years ago

    trysts

    I watched the Hou vs Caruana game, and at one point Houdini evaluated her postion as +2.39, late in the first time control. After they made the time control, Yifan went to the bathroom, came back, and thought for a third of her second time control on the first move. She then lost about 1.5 evaluation points on the knight exchange. She appeared to have a good chance of beating her first top ten player and winning this tournament! 

    Congratulations to Fabiano! It was really an exciting game!

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ metalface - I thought that at first, but when Susan Polgar responded on Twitter saying "But tennis ranking has its own problem. Caroline Wozniacki was ranked #1 without winning a single Grand Slam." he replied with "Perhaps, but there is no way that playing against a weak field in Iceland should be the same as playing in Wijk aan Zee..."

  • 3 years ago

    OVAIDO

    good game Fabiano

  • 3 years ago

    quatrodecopas

    In this tournament Caruana gained 5 net points so it'not like he built his rating on it. Maybe Naka is obsessed with ratings. Actually for higher rated players i think this kind of tournaments are risky because they HAVE to win to just maintain their ratings. For example if Caruana draws against Cheparinov he doesnt gain ELO points in the event.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    These are open tournaments, where anyone can join. That Caruana takes part as a professional making a living from playing, and breaking no rules...I don't get the criticism from Naka...why not play as well?

    I do agree that the Italian is one that the top four should by now be seeing in their rear-view mirror...and be concerned about.

  • 3 years ago

    netzach

    Yeah :) He's a really good-player as well should stop it..

  • 3 years ago

    Estragon

    Naka is a real whiner.

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