Reports | November 28, 2012 22:44

Morozevich regains clear lead at Tashkent Grand Prix

Morozevich watching Leko-Wang Hao

Alexander Morozevich is again the sole leader at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Russian grandmaster was the only winner in the 6th round; he crushed Leinier Dominguez in a Grünfeld.

Morozevich watching Leko-Wang Hao | 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


It doesn't happen every day that a 2700 grandmaster is completely lost before move 20. This scenario was seen in Tashkent on Wednesday, and the victim was Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez. He accepted a pawn sacrifice by Alexander Morozevich one move too late, probably setting his hopes on an exchange sacrifice. But instead of taking the rook, Morozevich attacked the Cuban's other rook and this was winning by force.

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A bad day at the office for Leinier Dominguez

Caruana and Ponomariov drew a queenless middlegame that started as a Scotch. (The opening is quite popular again and now that it has become clear that Carlsen is working with Nepomniachtchi, it's perhaps even less of a coincidence that these two players were playing it already years ago?)

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After his bad performance in round 5, Wang Hao was probably following a safety first strategy. Against Leko's 1.d4 he chose the slightly passive but solid Schlechter System. He was a bit worse all the time, but not more than that.

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Kamsky played 6.d3 against Kasimdzhanov's Ruy Lopez, which basically leads the game to little theory but very familiar positions. In this game White's edge was never very serious it seems.

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Svidler and Karjakin only played nine new moves and then called it a day. After leaving a Van Wely-Tiviakov game at move 17, soon afterward they started repeating moves. Conclusion: Karjakin's repertoire against 1.c4 is rock-solid. But we knew that already. :-)

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One of the most interesting draws was Gelfand vs Mamedyarov. From a Chebanenko Semi-Slav (or was it a QGD? We lost track...) White seemed to be getting nice attacking chances but as Mamedyarov showed, it looked more dangerous than it was.

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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 ½-½ Kasimdzhanov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Caruana   Leko ½-½ Wang Hao
Ponomariov 1-0 Morozevich   Svidler ½-½ Karjakin
Dominguez ½-½ Svidler   Morozevich 1-0 Dominguez
Karjakin ½-½ Leko   Caruana ½-½ Ponomariov
Wang Hao 0-1 Kasimdzhanov   Gelfand ½-½ 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 6 standings



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nathan's picture

bravo moro!

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Bronkenstein's picture

I was afraid that he will go down from 3k to 2.5k mode after that defeat (since with Moro & Chucky, things tend to happen in chains...), this miniature is an excellent sign =)

Bartleby's picture

Gelfand-Mamedyarov can't be Chebanenko because Black's a pawn stayed on a7 till the end. Black played a standard Semi-Slav with Nd7, Bd6, while White played a non-standard yet popular Nbd2/early Bb2 (which might be intended as an Anti-Chebanenko). Tricky play by Mamedyarov. I always end up worse when I take the white knight on e5, and worse when I don't. What was he doing right? Was the bishop exchange on a3 the key why he could afford the weaknesses later on?

Peter Doggers's picture

Oops I meant 'Semi-' instead of Chebanenko.

Anonymous's picture

I have a feeling this will end up a two-horse race between Morozevich and Caruana. Then one of Mamedyarov/Karjakin for third.

Meanwhile, Leko is the only player to draw all of his games. When you're one of the bottom seeds that's not a bad strategy.

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Anonymous's picture

It has become quite an exciting tournament with such fine coverage from chessvibes!

Evgeny's picture

well, I was afraid of that too, how ever it was dominguez who totally lost the track.

moro is for sure a "must be in" player, which makes the tournament exiting

Anonymous's picture

What a game by Moro !

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