FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent: Three winners Print
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:15
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Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao and Alexander Morozevich are the winners of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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Round 10

The current situation in the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent is getting more and more exciting. The tenth round brought three decisive games, three draws and new leaders. The sole leader of the tournament after the ninth round Sergey Karjakin was defeated by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who replaced his opponent on the top of the table. Alexander Morozevich rejoined the lead once again after his victory over Peter Leko. Ruslan Ponomariov outplayed Leinier Dominguez and shares the third place with Caruana Fabiano, Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. The last round will start at 13.00 p.m. and promises to be spectacular.

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Round 9


In the ninth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent only one game was decisive – Wang Hao managed to outplay one of the leaders Fabiano Caruana. Sergey Karjakin became the sole leader two rounds to go, as all the other games were drawn. The group of players including Alexander Morozevich, Fabiano Caruana, Wang Hao, Rustam Kasimdzanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Peter Leko are half a point behind the leader.

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Round 8

In the eighth round of the Fide Grand Prix in Tashkent five out of six games finished in a draw. The only decisive result happened in the game Kamsky-Leko. Hungarian player managed to win the first game in the tournament after seven draws. Before the second free day (1st of December) the situation in the tournament didn’t change significantly – Caruana and Karjakin keep leading with five out of 8 points. Alexander Morozevich, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Peter Leko are half a point behind.

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Round 7


The seventh round of the Grand Prix in Tashkent demonstrated that famous “all rook endgames are drawn” doesn’t always work even on such a high level. The leader of the tournament Alexander Morozevich unexpectedly lost in the equal rook ending against his compatriot Sergey Karjakin. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was luckier as he managed to make a draw in a slightly worse rook endgame against Kamsky. The game could have ended on favor of American player but he missed his winning chance in the critical moment. Fabiano Caruana defeated Lenier Dominguez to take the lead together with Sergey Karjakin. Both leaders will face each other tomorrow in the eighth round.

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Round 6

In the sixth round of the Grand Prix in Tashkent only one game was decided – Alexander Morozevich won against Leinier Dominguez and regained the sole lead in the tournament. Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko got promising positions playing against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Wang Hao respectively, however, all other five games finished peacefully. After the sixth round all the fight seems to be ahead as all players keep quite short distance between each other.

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Round 5

In the fifth round of the Grand Prix in Tashkent Ruslan Ponomariov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Gata Kamsky won their first games in the event. Ruslan Ponomariov overplayed the sole leader Alexander Morozevich and Karjakin, Kasimdzhanov, Mamedyarov, Caruana joined Russian player on the top of the table. Peter Svidler had good chances to join the group of leaders but didn't succeed to win the position with advantage against Leinier Dominguez. Two other games Karjakin – Leko and Mamedyarov-Caruana were drawn.

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Round 4

In the fourth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, three games were decisive. In each round there has been great fighting chess and once again the elite of the chess world spared no prisoners! The rating favorite of the tournament Fabiano Caruana managed to win his second game in a row whilst Wang Hao outplayed Gata Kamsky in the deep endgame and Peter Svidler won his first game in the tournament against former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov. The central game of the fourth round was clearly between the sole leader of the tournament Alexander Morozevich and the in-form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was in second place, and ultimately finished in a draw. As a result, Morozevich still keeps leading with half a point ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao and Fabiano Caruana.

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Round 3

In the third round of Grand Prix in Tashkent two players succeeded to win their games – Fabiano Caruana outplayed Gata Kamsky and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Peter Svidler. Chinese player Wang Hao was very close to gain the first victory in the tournament but failed to find the winning idea in the opposite color bishops endgame. Alexander Morozevich made a draw against Boris Gelfand and keeps leading in the tournament.

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Round 2

In the second round of Grand Prix tournament in Tashkent only one game was decided – Russian player Alexander Morozevich won against rating favorite Fabiano Caruana and became the sole leader in the second stage of GP. Despite the drawish result the game between Peter Leko and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov became one of the most exciting!

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Round 1

The first round of the second stage of Grand Prix tournament in Tashkent got under way on the 22nd of November 2012 after FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made the first symbolic move in the game Mamedyarov - Kasimdzhanov. The first round was a pretty exciting one for the start of the tournament - two Russian players Alexander Morozevich and Sergey Karjakin started with victories while the other four games were drawn.

During the press-conference Alexander Morozevich said he had decided to play 4.e3 if Gata Kamsky chose 3…b6 and that was the end of his home preparation. Both opponents played creatively and entered into a sharp position after 9.e5. A later 14. Rd1 turned to be an inaccurate move as after 14…Qe8 black managed to solve his problems and it was then white's turn to find the way to equalize his playing chances. In the time trouble Alexander Morozevich succeeded to create some counterplay. Gata Kamsky made a crucial mistake on the 35th move and his position became suddenly lost.

Sergey Karjakin got a comfortable position after the opening playing with the black pieces against Leinier Dominguez from Cuba. The Russian player chose to play a strong manoeuvre 18…Ra6, which had been shown by Boris Avrukh in some analysis published previously. Later on the Cuban player made a series of inaccurate moves and his position became worse. Sergey Karjakin was up to the task of maintaining the pressure and didn’t leave any chances to his opponent to recover.

Local hero and former FIDE World Champion, Rustam Kasimdzhanov preferred to avoid the repetition of the game Mamedyarov-Sargissian, where the Armenian player had chosen 6…b6. Instead, he decided to follow Aronian’s game against Gelfand in Wijk aan Zee and continued with 6…Nbd7. Later on Shakhriyar Mamedyarov put some pressure on his opponent and the former world champion decided to sacrifice a pawn in order to exchange the knights as soon as possible. White didn’t play precisely and black managed to equalize the position. During the press-conference both opponents agreed that white could have created more trouble for black by playing 44.e7 instead of 44.Kg2.

Peter Svidler "wasted" his morning preparing against 1.e4, which never actually happened in the game, as Fabiano Caruana chose 1.d4. Both players are very strong theoreticians in teh Grunfeld but the knowledge of theory finished for both sides quite quickly and white didn’t manage to create much trouble for black in the opening. Fabiano Caruana chose the 3.f3 system with which he had lost as black against Aronian in Moscow. Many sharp variations didn’t appear on the board but were shown by players during the press-conference showing the deep complexity of what goes thorugh a top player's mind during a game but actually does not get played! On the 15th move Fabiano Caruana could have tried f5 but preferred to play 15.h3 instead. After 38 moves the game finished in a draw.

The longest game of the first round between Boris Gelfand and Peter Leko finished in a draw after 6 hours of play. Boris Gelfand pointed out during the press-conference that he got a slight advantage but his opponent played quite precisely and especially after the accurate move 18…Be4 it was not easy to fight for more than draw. Israeli player was looking for some chances till the end but it was not enough to grab a full point. Peter Leko said after the game that he had been quite uncomfortable in the endgame as it appeared that white had got a winning advantage but excellent accurate play enabled the Hungarian number one to share the point.

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Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2nd stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place at the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 21st of November. The event was attended by such honorable guests as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Deputy Prime-Minister of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova and many others.

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The organizers of the Tashkent tournament include FIDE (the World Chess Federation) in collaboration with Agon, the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan and Fund Forum.

The Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova was the one who announced that Tashkent would be hosting a FIDE Grand Prix tournament. It happened on the closing ceremony of the friendly match between Vishwanathan Anand and Rustam Kasimdzhanov in 2011.

The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of 12 dolls with the number on the bottom of each.

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The tournament will be held from November 22 to December 4, with each round scheduled to start at 2 pm local time (10 a.m. European time) at the Gallery of Fine Art. The players will have 2 days off on November 26 and December 1. Average rating of event is 2747.1 based on November 2012 list. The second leg of the Grand Prix series hosts a very strong event with 12 of the World's strongest Grandmasters including two former World Champions Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

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Pictures and report by Anastasiya Karlovich



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