Previewing The Sinquefield Cup (3): Can Caruana Beat Carlsen?
In a previous article Previewing The Sinquefield Cup (2): Can Aronian Beat Carlsen?, I discussed the likelyhood of Aronian beating Carlsen during the upcoming Sinquefield Cup. In this follow-up I want to take a look at the number three on the starting list, Fabiano Caruana.
In the database I found 14 encounters in classical chess between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. In the overall head to head Caruana is somewhat the underdog, sofar he scores 42,9%. In 2014 he has been doing less succesfull, out of 5 games he scores 30%. To add to that: stemming from real fights, Carlsen's wins were chess technically more impressive when compared to Fabiano's one win in which Carlsen blundered a pawn in quite a silly way, even though Caruana showed good technique in that game to win it.
The last encounter in a classical game between the two was during the Olympiad in Tromso earlier this year. I will annotate the game below.
Considering their head to head count and their last encounters in 2014, I don’t think that Caruana is going to hurt Carlsen during the Sinquefield Cup.
To be continued…
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