Morozevich regains clear lead at Tashkent Grand Prix
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
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 | Schedule & results
|Round 1||11:00 CET||22.11.12||Round 2||11:00 CET||23.11.12|
|Round 3||11:00 CET||24.11.12||Round 4||11:00 CET||25.11.12|
|Round 5||11:00 CET||27.11.12||Round 6||11:00 CET||28.11.12|
|Round 7||11:00 CET||29.11.12||Round 8||11:00 CET||30.11.12|
|Round 9||11:00 CET||02.12.12||Round 10||11:00 CET||03.12.12|
|Wang Hao||-||Caruana||Gelfand||-||Wang Hao|
|Round 11||08:00 CET||04.12.12|
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