Reports | November 27, 2012 21:55

Five-way tie for first place after five rounds in Tashkent

Cameras filming the start of round 5

Tournament leader Alexander Morozevich lost his first game in Tashkent on Tuesday against Ruslan Ponomariov. It was the first win for the Ukrainian, who is now back on 50%. Gata Kamsky, who started with just 0.5/4, also won his first game. He beat Boris Gelfand, who now shares last place with the American. Rustam Kasimdzhanov beat Wang Hao to make the home crowd proud: the Uzbek now shares first place with four other players.

Cameras filming the start of round 5 | Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich & Giyanov Bakhtiyor, courtesy of FIDE

Event FIDE Grand Prix | PGN via TWIC
Dates November 22nd-December 4th, 2012
Location Tashkent, Uzbekistan
System 12-player round robin
Players Karjakin, Caruana, Morozevich, Kamsky, Wang HaoMamedyarov, Svidler, Gelfand, Ponomariov,Leko, Dominguez, Kasimdzhanov
Rate of play

120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes and an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 61 onwards

Extra The players are not allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents but only through the arbiter


After the first rest day the FIDE Grand Prix resumed with the fifth round on Tuesday and it seemed some things had changed here and there. Winners became losers and vice versa. After five rounds, "plus one" is enough to be at the top of the leader board.

Playing his favorite French Defence, Alexander Morozevich lost his first game and with it his leader status. Ruslan Ponomariov chose Tarrasch's 3.Nd2 and kept a small edge from the opening because of a better pawn structure. It looked defendable for Black, until the Muscovite allowed a tactic that changed the character of the position. As it turned out, White's rook and two pawns were stronger than Black's minor pieces.

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Ponomariov takes down Morozevich in a Tarrasch French

Rustam Kasimdzhanov also scored his first full point – the local hero had started with four draws. As Wang Hao lost his way in a Scotch, "Kasim" moved to shared first place:

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Kasimdzhanov beats Wang Hao with Black in a Scotch

Gata Kamsky could finally smile as well. The American defeated Boris Gelfand in their first mutual encounter since the Israeli won their Candidates match in Kazan in 2011. Using the Leningrad Dutch, one of the weapons of the other U.S. top GM Hikaru Nakamura, Kamsky handled the middlegame position better than Gelfand and immediately struck when things became concrete. It was the second loss against the Dutch for Gelfand in a short time.

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With 1....f5 Kamsky beats Gelfand

In the game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Fabiano Caruana a topical variation of the Meran Semi-Slav came on the board. A recent game Lupulescu-Inarkiev was followed, and the players quickly reached an ending with rooks and opposite-coloured bishops. Mamedyarov was a pawn up, but got a very passive rook so there were no serious winning chances.

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The clash between Mamedyarov and Caruana: a Meran, a draw

Peter Svidler chose the Archangelsk Variation of the Ruy Lopez in his game against Leinier Dominguez. The middlegame was about equal with one bad minor piece for both sides: Bb6 vs Ng3. Dominguez avoided a move repetition twice, but by doing so he allowed his opponent to become very active. It seems Black could win a healthy pawn at move 37.

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Dominguez and Svidler draw in a Ruy Lopez

Peter Leko drew his fifth game, with Black against Sergey Karjakin. The sideline of the Nimzo-Indian was also seen in the recent clash between Dutch GMs Sokolov and Van Wely. Karjakin got a tiny edge (which was more than Sokolov got out of the opening) but Leko had no trouble holding it.

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Karjakin couldn't break through Leko's defence in a Nimzo

FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 | Schedule & results

Round 1 11:00 CET 22.11.12   Round 2 11:00 CET 23.11.12
Morozevich 1-0 Kamsky   Kamsky ½-½ Karjakin
Caruana ½-½ Svidler   Wang Hao ½-½ Dominguez
Gelfand ½-½ Leko   Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Ponomariov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Leko ½-½ Mamedyarov
Ponomariov ½-½ Wang Hao   Svidler ½-½ Gelfand
Dominguez 0-1 Karjakin   Morozevich 1-0 Caruana
Round 3 11:00 CET 24.11.12   Round 4 11:00 CET 25.11.12
Caruana 1-0 Kamsky   Kamsky 0-1 Wang Hao
Gelfand ½-½ Morozevich   Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Karjakin
Mamedyarov 1-0 Svidler   Leko ½-½ Dominguez
Ponomariov ½-½ Leko   Svidler 1-0 Ponomariov
Dominguez  ½-½ Kasimdzhanov   Morozevich ½-½ Mamedyarov
Karjakin ½-½ Wang Hao   Caruana 1-0 Gelfand
Round 5 11:00 CET 27.11.12   Round 6 11:00 CET 28.11.12
Gelfand 0-1 Kamsky   Kamsky - Kasimdzhanov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Caruana   Leko - Wang Hao
Ponomariov 1-0 Morozevich   Svidler - Karjakin
Dominguez ½-½ Svidler   Morozevich - Dominguez
Karjakin ½-½ Leko   Caruana - Ponomariov
Wang Hao 0-1 Kasimdzhanov   Gelfand - Mamedyarov
Round 7 11:00 CET 29.11.12   Round 8 11:00 CET 30.11.12
Mamedyarov - Kamsky   Kamsky - Leko
Ponomariov - Gelfand   Svidler - Kasimdzhanov
Dominguez - Caruana   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Karjakin - Morozevich   Caruana - Karjakin
Wang Hao - Svidler   Gelfand - Dominguez
Kasimdzhanov - Leko   Mamedyarov - Ponomariov
Round 9 11:00 CET 02.12.12   Round 10 11:00 CET 03.12.12
Ponomariov - Kamsky   Kamsky - Svidler
Dominguez - Mamedyarov   Morozevich - Leko
Karjakin - Gelfand   Caruana - Kasimdzhanov
Wang Hao - Caruana   Gelfand - Wang Hao
Kasimdzhanov - Morozevich   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Leko - Svidler   Ponomariov - Dominguez
Round 11 08:00 CET 04.12.12        
Dominguez - Kamsky        
Karjakin - Ponomariov        
Wang Hao - Mamedyarov        
Kasimdzhanov - Gelfand        
Leko - Caruana        
Svidler - Morozevich        

FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 | Round 5 standings



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Chris's picture

gelfand powerless

Morley's picture

Nice game by Kamsky, hopefully he can get some momentum and finish well this tournament. Gelfand really had nothing to bring to the table today, a far cry from his great +3 performance at London.

This is going to be quite a finish, with so many players so close together for the second half, and with so much on the line!

Anonymous's picture

It's good to see Kamsky recover.

achtie's picture

actually, his third loss against the dutch in a short while.He also lost a game against Simon Williams in the dutch recently. (Think it was in the Olympiad)

Jochem's picture

that was the second :) (in Eilat European Team Champs, see link)

Thomas's picture

Depends on what one considers a short time ... this year Gelfand's total score against the Dutch is now 0.5/5 - also losing against Nakamura in Wijk aan Zee and against Ivanchuk at the World Blitz Championship, plus a draw against van Wely at the European Club Cup.

Jambow's picture

It's Gata get better ;o] Nice game for Kamsky!

Thomas's picture

On Dominguez-Svidler "What's wrong with 37.-Qxc4 we wonder":

Engines say there's nothing wrong with grabbing that pawn, but Svidler may have refrained from it because 38.g3 gets complicated for a human player, even a strong GM in possible time trouble? Tactics seem to work for black after both 38.-Bc1 and 38.-Bd2, but the error margin for missing or miscalculating something is small!?

gilles's picture

The killer eyes of Ponomariov in the picture are frightening. Really looking for a kill.

vlad's picture
Anonymous's picture

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Marcel's picture

Nice to see Caruana likes glass of red wine during his game!

RG13's picture

"Imitation is the greatest flattery." So perhaps Alekhine would have been flattered.

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