Fabiano Caruana has won two elite chess tournaments in a fortnight, jumped to No 2 in the live ratings only 21 points behind the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, and starts play in the US championship in St Louis on Wednesday. America’s world title challenger is already putting psychological pressure on Carlsen, seven months before their 12-game world title series. While capturing the Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden, Caruana won his final two games with the unfavourable black pieces, and, just as in the candidates at Berlin, went for the full point in the last round when a draw would have ensured first prize. The 25-year-old downsized his result, saying he had played better in Berlin but “the work and the form I was in carried over here, I kept getting chances and I took them.” He could have lost twice, once a fleeting opportunity missed by …

Source: GameKnot online chess news