Photo Gallery of the 2nd Round
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.
Photo Gallery of the 1st Round
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.
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.
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. Official websitePhoto GalleryPictures and report by Anastasiya Karlovich