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Caruana’s cup runneth over with win at Sinquefield chess clash

China’s GM Ding Liren may have won the world championship this spring, but it’s hard to think of another player who has had a better 2023 than America’s own GM Fabiano Caruana.
Caruana, who has already qualified for the 2024 Candidates Tournament for a chance to take on the Chinese star in a title match, capped a banner year by finishing first outright at the super-GM 10th Sinquefield Cup that ended in St. Louis last week.

The 31-year-old Caruana was undefeated in St. Louis, finishing at 5½-2½, a half-point ahead of fellow American GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. In addition to qualifying for the Candidates, Caruana’s year included wins at the SuperBet Chess Classic in Romania (ahead of Ding), a third U.S. Championship title in October, and a win at the recent St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Tournament.

His victory in the Sinquefield, …

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