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Caruana wins St.Louis
Et Voila: instant chick-magnet!
Congrats to Fabiano Caruana for demolishing the field at the Sinquefield Cup in St.Louis. He won as many games (7) as all of the other players combined! World Champion Carlsen finished in 2nd, three points less. Nakamura came in dead last, not winning a single game.
All of the participants wished to be the star of St.Louis BEFORE the tournament began, and for certain NONE ever dreamed that they might be humiliated and/or forgotten before it was all over…but that is what happens when someone goes 7-0 (!). I am certain that all of Caruana’s opponents were glad that the tournament is finally over!
Makes one wonder about what the chess world would look like if one were to normalize today’s super-hero/Ninja-Turtle ratings and compare them–OBJECTIVELY– to 1972 ratings. And then let this thought sink in for a few moments: Bobby Fischer humiliated his opponents during his ENTIRE career (not just one tournament). He DOMINATED chess in a way that had never been seen, before or since: US-ch 1963: 11-0; Majorca Interzonal won by 3.5 points over second place; 6-0 over Tajmanov and then immediately afterwards 6-0 against Larsen; won his last 4 games against Petrosian (1971)
The real thing or just a flash in the pan? For Caruana to become the next Bobby Fischer he will have to repeat St.Louis 3 or 4 times in the near future! And don’t forget to pocket the World Championship along the way…
IS CARSLEN ARROGANT!?
A lifelong friend of mine, Peter, wrote to me after the 8th round game in St.Louis: ‘‘Hi, Kevin. Just a quick comment on the interview with Carlsen (approximately 4:00:00 into the video-editor) and game#8. Carlsen shows to the whole world that he’s a mannerless, boor. If you’re the best, you NEVER have to say it. I’m sad that Caruana somehow lost his nerve in the 8th game because if he had won it, he would’ve established a long-standing, psychological superiority over Carlsen.”