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Game of the Week: Nisipeanu, Caruana

Game of the Week: Nisipeanu, Caruana

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The King’s Tournament in Romania has lost some of its luster due to financial issues, but even with just five players it is an interesting event. Fabiano Caruana came fresh from his not-quite-complete success in the Paris Grand Prix where his equal first was not quite enough to qualify for the next Candidates tournament. Despite just a couple of days separating the two events, Caruana came ready for action in the first round versus L.D. Nisipeanu. The long battle included a new wrinkle on hot opening theory, a nearly successful mating attack, and finally, a little endgame technique. Peripatetic and industrious, Fabiano is clearly more than “recreational Caruana.”

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