Reports | December 03, 2012 15:58

Tashkent R10: Mamedyarov beats Karjakin, leads with Morozevich

Mamedyarov won against Karjakin

In the (highy unpredictable) Grand Prix in Tashkent the leaderboard has changed considerably again in the penultimate round. In Monday's top encounter, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat tournament leader Sergei Karjakin and the Azerbaijani is now leading together with... yes, Alexander Morozevich again, who defeated Peter Leko.

In the top game of the round, Mamedyarov won against Karjakin | 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 chess fans have been spoilt with wonderful chess over the last few days, and that includes the Tashkent Grand Prix games. A great 10th round led to a new situation in the standings again: Mamedyarov and Morozevich are tied for first with plus two, and five players follow with plus one. Svidler and Leko are on 50% while only Gelfand, Kamsky and Dominguez are having a really disappointing event.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who won the first Grand Prix in London together with Veselin Topalov and Boris Gelfand, is playing really inspiring chess these days. On Monday he came up with strong preparation and followed it up with aggressive chess, not shying away from yet another exchange sacrifice. It seems that only just before the time control Karjakin made the decisive mistake.

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Alexander Morozevich played the kind of game every amateur dreams of: just point queen, rook and bishop to the opponent's king and get a winning position! That's what happened, basically. Because there were some threats against the white king Leko played on a queen down, but it was always lost.

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Alexander Morozevich

There was even a third winner: Ruslan Ponomariov. The Ukrainian played the good old Closed Sicilian against Leinier Dominguez and found some really powerful moves in the middlegame.

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov is playing good, solid chess in his native country and so also Fabiano Caruana couldn't get more than a draw.

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Wang Hao used a nice trick to equalize his game against Boris Gelfand completely.

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Gata Kamsky played a temporary pawn sacrifice to reach an ending and having the bishop pair. To win it back, he had to give one of the two bishops and what resulted was a drawn position.

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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 - Kamsky        
Karjakin - Ponomariov        
Wang Hao - Mamedyarov        
Kasimdzhanov - Gelfand        
Leko - Caruana        
Svidler - Morozevich        

FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 | Round 10 standings



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Evgeny's picture

highy unpredictable super Mozo!!!!

and also a very strong game played by Mamedyarov.

valg321's picture

fantastic play by Moro. For some reason this game reminded me of his rapid chess win against Anand in Moscow '95 when he was still a teen. Methinks this tourny deserves more attention than it gets.

Iraqi Master's picture

If he win this tournment or not, Morozevich is the most fabulous and entertaining player I ever seen. Shakh also played very intresting games.

Anonymous's picture

You might want to look at Wang ho game ... We 've got Caruana twice

redivivo's picture

Very nice games by Mamedyarov and Morozevich today, and Mamedyarov is getting himself into a good position in the whole Grand Prix series after sharing first in the first event.

jmason's picture

Solid tournament for Kasimdzhanov also, third place and no loses , good performance.

choufleur's picture

Ahhhhh ! Leko is back to 50%.

Septimus's picture

Spot on about Moro. Surprising to see a top GM like Leko fall for such a direct noob's attack on the King. By far the most entertaining game for me...:)

Septimus's picture

The title of the Wang Hao- Gelfand needs to be changed. Kasim-Caruana appears twice.

Peter Doggers's picture

Thanks, corrected.

Jambow's picture

I agree with Iraqi Master Morozevich is hard not to enjoy when he is playing well, the way he led Leko around with threats all over the board was instructive and Mamedyarov was impressive as well.

Anonymous's picture

Someone please sponsor a 12 game match between Morozevich and Ivanchuk!

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