Reports | December 04, 2012 16:35

Karjakin, Morozevich, Wang Hao winners Tashkent Grand Prix

Svidler vs Morozevich

Just like the first Grand Prix in London, the second Grand Prix in Tashkent was won by three players. The first to reach the top of the standings was Wang Hao, who beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Alexander Morozevich joined the Chinese with a spectacular draw against Peter Svidler, and finally Sergey Karjakin won against Ruslan Ponomariov to reach the same score of 6.5/11.

A fascinating draw between Russians Svidler and Morozevich was one of the highlights of the final round | 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


The second Grand Prix tournament finished in another three-way tie for first place between Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Morozevich and Wang Hao. Perhaps the tournament lasted one round to long for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who played arguably his worst game against the Chinese.

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After this result Wang Hao was the virtual leader. Alexander Morozevich could still finish sole first if he'd win against Peter Svidler, while Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin and Ruslan Ponomariov could still tie for first.

After accepting a nice piece sac by Svidler, Morozevich was under pressure (but with an extra piece!). This exciting game ended in a perpetual, and so Morozevich had to be satisfied with a shared victory.

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Karjakin and Ponomariov played each other, so only one of them could join Morozevich and Wang Hao in first place. In the end it was Karjakin, who won a good game.

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Fabiano Caruana finished half a point behind the the winners. In a Scandinavian, the Italian was never close to a win against Peter Leko.

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In a game between tail-enders, Dominguez was the one who could end his tournament with a smile. Kamsky blundered terribly.

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The last game to discuss has the least to be said about. Unlike his "boss" back in May, Kasimdzhanov went for the absolute main line against Boris Gelfand's Sveshnikov. Both players knew the theory for 29 moves, and quickly afterwards the game was drawn. 

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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 ½-½ Kamsky   Kamsky 0-1 Leko
Ponomariov ½-½ Gelfand   Svidler ½-½ Kasimdzhanov
Dominguez 0-1 Caruana   Morozevich ½-½ Wang Hao
Karjakin 1-0 Morozevich   Caruana ½-½ Karjakin
Wang Hao ½-½ Svidler   Gelfand ½-½ Dominguez
Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Leko   Mamedyarov ½-½ Ponomariov
Round 9 11:00 CET 02.12.12   Round 10 11:00 CET 03.12.12
Ponomariov ½-½ Kamsky   Kamsky ½-½ Svidler
Dominguez ½-½ Mamedyarov   Morozevich 1-0 Leko
Karjakin ½-½ Gelfand   Caruana ½-½ Kasimdzhanov
Wang Hao 1-0 Caruana   Gelfand ½-½ Wang Hao
Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Morozevich   Mamedyarov 1-0 Karjakin
Leko ½-½ Svidler   Ponomariov 1-0 Dominguez
Round 11 09:00 CET 04.12.12        
Dominguez 1-0 Kamsky        
Karjakin 1-0 Ponomariov        
Wang Hao 1-0 Mamedyarov        
Kasimdzhanov ½-½ Gelfand        
Leko ½-½ Caruana        
Svidler ½-½ Morozevich        

FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 | Final standings


Grand Prix standings

Calculated by us, so not official:

    London Tashkent Lisbon Madrid Berlin Paris Total
1 Mamedyarov 140 80         220
2 Wang Hao 70 140         210
3 Gelfand 140 30         170
4 Topalov 140           140
5 Karjakin   140         140
6 Morozevich   140         140
7 Leko 80 50         130
8 Kasimdzhanov 35 80         115
9 Grischuk 90           90
10 Caruana   80         80
11 Adams 55           55
12 Ivanchuk 55           55
13 Dominguez 35 20         55
14 Ponomariov   50         50
15 Svidler   50         50
16 Giri 15           15
17 Nakamura 15           15
18 Kamsky   10         10
  Total 870 870          


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killabeechess's picture

go moro !!!

sulutas's picture

The surprise of the tournament: Kazimdzhanov
The disappointment: Kamsky & Dominguez
The morale winner: Uncompromising Moro!

Peter: There are two Svidler-Moro titles; the latter should be replaced by Caruana v Leko.

Peter Doggers's picture

Merci, done. Strange that this happened three times in one week. Probably I needed one more week of holidays...

Anonymous's picture

Karjakin proposed great games as well ! his ending against Moro was fantastic

Aditya's picture

When Morozevich plays chess, even the draws oblige to his fascinating style!

Thomas's picture

"the Italian was never close to a win against Peter Leko"
Sounds like an understatement!? I wonder how close Caruana was to a loss, in any case it seems that Leko had an advantage throughout the game which in the end wasn't sufficient to win. One reason for Leko's high drawing percentage is that he often has such games but cannot always convert a += - it depends on the specific position and how well the opponent plays ... .

Frits Fritschy's picture

I'm understanding less and less of the game comments here. Old age creeping in?
In Svidler-Morozevich, the latter didn't take the exchange. Why? "24 ... Bxe3 25 Bxe3 it's indeed hard to think of a good setup for Black. The knight can hardly move." The first I come up with is 25 ... h5 after which the knight cán move. Now I played this against an engine (yes, I have one), me taking 5 seconds and giving the machine a minute. That led to the variation 26 Bf4 Nh6 27 Qd2 Kg7 28 Bg5 f6 29 Qc3 Re8 30 Rxe8 Qxe8 31 Qxf6+ Kh7 32 h3 Nf7 33 Bf4 Ra7 and good old Fritz confirms what I have been thinking all along: white has no serious compensation for the rook. You can't call the black moves extraordinary. There are better engines than Fritz 10, there also are better players than me.
So, I don't know who wrote this comment, but you have to come with something better, because I don't buy it.

S3's picture

After h5 I think 26.Bd4 is crucial and logical. ..Rh7 is best and with my machine i get something like 27.Qd2 Nh6 28.Bh3. After that perhaps Ng4 and then 29.Qc3 (or f3 first) Qc7 30.f3 Ne5 31.Rxe5 is fun.
28..h4 is liked by my engine but after Qf4 it already wants to play the ugly ..f5.

It's probably all better for black but difficult to play and besides it's way more artistic to decline material.

Frits Fritschy's picture

Thanks for your reply.
Another straightforward looking line here (admittedly, engine-backed) is 26 Bd4 Rh7 27 Qd2 f6!? 28 Re6 Re7, exchanging material at the cost of one or two more pawns and taking over the e-file (29 Bxf6 Nxf6 30 Qh6+ Kg8 31 Qxg6+ Rg7). Looks like another 'good setup' a top GM can come up with without electronical help.
Just a pawn for the rook, no direct threats, and several ideas for black to develop his position. Who is struggling here?
So, it's more likely Morozevich, finally, panicked a bit, being close to a succesful finish of what must have been a nerve wracking tournament (especially?) for him.

Frits Fritschy's picture

I only now read Evgeny's comment down here, confirming Morozevich was panicking, at least at some point.

Sakis's picture

Caruana this time kept the bottle on the table to make everyone sure about what he really drinks.

S3's picture

Deserved winners but it's kind of sad for Myamedarov who deserved to be up there as well. A bit like Grischuk at the London GP. Are these single tournaments really less "random" than mini matches at the world cup?

Bartleby's picture

They are. Everybody but Kasimdzhanov lost a game at some point. If they were to drop out after a loss it would all depend in which round they loss happened. Caruana and Kamsky would both be elminated early on, so we wouldn't know that Kamsky was seriously out of form, while Caruana had a normal result in the end. Wang Hao wouldn't have got the opportunity to prove himself by beating Caruana and Mamedyarov. The players who came out on top have shown that they have been nearly equal in this competition and the format gave them the opportunity to do so.

Thomas's picture

It may be considered a bit unfair (but inherent to the system) that the top three got 140 GP points, and three players just half a point behind only 80 points, but that's life.
One shouldn't forget that this wasn't a "single tournament" but part of a series - best 3 out of 4 events is what matters in the very end. The winner and runner-up will deserve what they will get (extra prize money and a spot in the candidates event). So far it looks like a close race - unlike the first GP series completely dominated by Aronian.

trees's picture

Kamsky is 10guy

Evgeny's picture

Moro has really deserved to be the only winner of this tourney. should the organizers have applied the football score system side by side?!

I found it so funny how Svidler started to complain that the last game turned to a crazy battle , after he was asked at the press conference after this game, what was his mood before the game))))
He for sure has expected the boring short draw, that is why he played g3 on move 6, he tried to explain...and instead, he had to suffer in time trouble. Moro replied to that, that he was in deep, deep panic himself too.

Thomas's picture

Maybe 6.g3 isn't the most ambitious continuation though it isn't completely harmless either. But 15.Nd5!? was ambitious, and it was actually possible thanks to the white bishop on g2.

AK's picture

Wang Hao continues to prove that he belongs with the the big boys. Unlike several other Chinese GMs before him. Caruana has run of out steam as the year ends.

It's actually pretty sad that only two players qualify for the candidates tournament. I assume that Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Topalov, Morozevich, Karjakin and Grsichuk are the main contenders. Although Wang Hao, Caruana and Gelfand are also in the mix. A lot of great players and only two will succeed.'s picture

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