Leko beats Kamsky in 8th round Tashkent Grand Prix
Peter Leko won his first game at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Friday. After drawing his first seven games, the Hungarian grandmaster beat Gata Kamsky with Black in a Nimzo-Indian. As all other games ended in draws, Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin are still tied for first place.
Leaders Caruana and Karjakin drew their game | Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich & Giyanov Bakhtiyor, courtesy of FIDE
The Tashkent Grand Prix standings didn't change much on Friday with just one decisve game between Leko and Kamsky. Caruana and Karjakin drew against each other and maintained their lead. It's hard to say who has the toughest schedule after the second rest day: Caruana plays Wang Hao, Kasimdzhanov and Leko while Karjakin will meet Gelfand, Mamedyarov and Ponomariov.
Kamsky-Leko became a classical "Isolated Queen's Pawn game" after the American went 13.b4. Leko simply exchanged his king's bishop for a knight to force the IQP, expecting that White wouldn't get much from using the c6 square for his knight. With superb technique the Hungarian won the ending.
Peter Leko, now on an undefeated plus one score
The top encounter between Caruana and Karjakin was a good fight which ended in a draw just before the time control. The Italian had prepared a new idea (11.Ng4) in the Open Catalan which forces the exchange of the light-squared bishops, to weaken the c6 square. Karjakin's reaction (Qd8-c8-b7 and Rfc8) was quite accurate as it equalized without much trouble.
Caruana vs Karjakin
Both Dominguez and Gelfand are not having a great tournament. The Cuban wasn't looking for a draw, however, and played the combative King's Indian. He didn't play the main line against Gelfand's 9.Nd2, which was quite popular in the early 90s. Still, Black was more than OK after the opening it seems.
Gelfand draws with Dominguez
Against Kasimdzhanov, Svidler played a Réti, the flank opening named after the "hypermodern" Austrian-Hungarian (later Czechoslovak) player, author and study composer. With simple, healthy moves Black got a decent position.
Svidler and Kasimdzhanov in good spirits before the game
Morozevich just continued playing his Exchange Slav, but Wang Hao had prepared a solid line against it. White might have been a bit better anyway, but the Chinese kept on playing accurately, especially at the 38th move.
Morozevich and Wang Hao shaking hands before their 8th round game
Mamedyarov-Ponomariov saw a bit of a strange finish. In a more or less equal position the Azerbaijani sacrificed an exchange, but the engines do not really like it. Ponomariov, however, trusted his opponent and then the players started repeating moves.
Mamedyarov: "Take my rook!" Ponomariov: "No thanks!"
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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