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Fabiano Caruana invited to play US Chess Championship (Updated)

Super GM Fabiano Caruana has received an invitation to participate in the 2013 US Championship, ChessDailyNews reported on 8th December. He is now representing Italy but according to USCF rules he is eligible to play.

Caruana wrote on Twitter: “Schedule permitting, I intend to be there.”

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

ChessDailyNews also highlights the possible calendar clash of the intended dates for the US Championship with the FIDE Grand Prix events. Fabiano Caruana, reigning US champion Hikaru Nakamura, and vice-champion Gata Kamsky are competing in the Grand Prix series.

Lisbon Grand Prix is taking place on 17 April – 1 May, 2013, while Madrid Grand Prix is starting on 22 May and continues until 4 June. The US Championship is usually scheduled for May.

Update, Fabiano Caruana’s statement for Chessdom (10th December):

There now appear to be some FIDE Zonal issues regarding my participation.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Zonal President Francisco Guadalupe of the USCF stating that they “need to check with FIDE” and that they “hope to have an answer within a couple of days.”
Whatever the outcome, I do wish the USCF and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis the very best for their upcoming 2013 US Championship.”
Fabiano Caruana

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