THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
American Grandmaster is King of the Castle
Fabiano Caruana has won the Candidates Tournament and will now set his sights on London for the 2018 World Chess Championship in November
Italian-American Chess Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has just been crowned 2018's winner of the World Chess Candidates Tournament, and will now proceed to challenge World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen for the title in London this Fall.
25 year old Caruana, born in the US and raised in Brooklyn, first made waves in Europe representing his mother's country of Italy, becoming a Grandmaster at just 15. He moved back to the USA in 2015 after being approached by the American chess impresario Rex Sinquefield, and now lives in California.
Representing the US, Caruana overcame tough competition at the Candidates Tournament, held in Berlin, which included fellow Grandmasters from across the globe. Caruana confirmed his Tournament victory in the final round, with a decisive win against Alexander Grischuk of Russia. As winner of the Tournament, he will now face current World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in London this November.
The World Chess Championship match in London will be doubly special for Caruana, who not only becomes the first American to challenge for the title in 22 years, but also has the chance to become the first American World Chess Champion since Bobby Fischer's crowning in 1972.
Upon winning the Tournament, Fabiano said "I am absolutely thrilled. Coming into today, I wasn’t sure what would happen. A few days ago, I thought the tournament was out of my hands, but somehow things came together perfectly at the end. I really couldn’t be happier".
Congratulations to Fabiano on his success, and we wish him all the best in his bid to bring the World Chess Title to America, and we're sure the American community in the UK will join in cheering him on in London this November!
The World Chess Championship will take place in London, UK, from November 9 to 28, 2018. Check out more details at http://www.london2018.worldchess.com/