Reports | November 29, 2012 17:05

Tashkent R7: Caruana & Karjakin win and take over the lead

The 7th round in Tashkent in action

Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin are sharing the lead after seven rounds at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On Thursday two (end)games ended decisively: Karjakin defeated Alexander Morozevich while Caruana won against Leinier Dominguez.

The 7th round in Tashkent in action | 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


After seven rounds Alexander Morozevich has drawn just two of his games. He keeps on alternating success and failure, and who knows how long his roller-coaster ride will last. On Thursday he lost his game and his lead again. His rook ending against Sergey Karjakin was obviously drawn, but with an amazing trick White won anyway.

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A neat endgame trick yields Sergey Karjakin the full point

To some extent Dominguez vs Caruana was similar, because these two players also reached an ending that should have ended in a draw. However, somehow it became slightly unpleasant for the Cuban during the time trouble phase. When White missed a chance to create counterplay with g2-g3 twice, the position couldn't be saved anymore.

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Fabiano Caruana grinds down Leinier Dominguez in a complicated ending

Ponomariov and Gelfand drew their Sicilian Rossolimo game before the time control and with a little bit of spectacle. A pawn down, Ponomariov sacrificed a piece to force a perpetual:

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Kasimdzhanov and Leko also repeated moves and drew just before move 40, but in this case the final position still seems to offer something, if not to play at least to analyze.

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Against Peter Svidler, arguably the biggest Grünfeld expert in the world, Wang Hao tried the Anti-Grünfeld. The Chinese GM didn't manage to keep an opening advantage and when the queenside had vanished completely, the players were allowed to shake hands.

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When two big fighters meet, a long game is almost assured. Mamedyarov and Kamsky played for 70 moves, and it was amazing to see how the American managed to get something out of almost nothing. However Black's advantage wasn't enough to win.

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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 - Leko
Ponomariov ½-½ Gelfand   Svidler - Kasimdzhanov
Dominguez 0-1 Caruana   Morozevich - Wang Hao
Karjakin 1-0 Morozevich   Caruana - Karjakin
Wang Hao ½-½ Svidler   Gelfand - Dominguez
Kasimdzhanov ½-½ 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 7 standings



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arkan's picture

wow nice 53. Rb6 by karjakin

notyetagm's picture

Yep, you can be sure that Karjakin's 53 Rb6-c6!! will soon be making its way into the puzzle books.

Bootvis's picture

Why 56. Kc5 and not 56. a7?

Doesn't Kc5 waste a tempo and in check from f1Q+?

Anonymous's picture

the idea is to force h4 I think.

valg321's picture

carelessnes from Moro, thats all. he can get bored on the board pretty fast

Jocky's picture

we cant have that odd lady boy winning chess tournaments, hes bad image for chess.

Anonymous's picture

Maybe that's why Kateryna married him??

Mart Smeets's picture

What nonsens, to judge people by their appereance. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Anonymous's picture

send us a pic from your pretty face Jocky !

papf's picture

Is radjabov such a low rank player that he is not invited to the Super tournaments? Is Anand better than radjabov? how come he gets invitation to all Super tournaments?

Anonymous's picture

Players participate in 4 out of the 6 laps of the Grand Prix. Radjabov will be a participant at Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.

Whilst Anand has not been invited to the race!

Thomas's picture

Anand was invited (or rather qualified according to the regulations) but - like Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik - declined to participate. Selection criteria can be found @ : winner and loser of the last WCh match (Anand and Gelfand), semifinalists of the last World Cup (Svidler, Grischuk, Ivanchuk and Ponomariov), FIDE President nominee (Caruana), six AGON nominees and five rating spots. Note that Radjabov got a rating spot, hence he also wasn't invited (hand-picked) but qualified.

Anand is already certain of a spot in the second-next candidates event (if he loses his next WCh match) or of another WCh match (if he defends his title). Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik would need rating spots (or qualification via the next World Cup).

Anonymous's picture

Much thanks for the clarification.

Anonymous's picture

There are 18 players in the Fide Grand Prix, each player has the right to play in 4 of the 6 tournaments, Radjabov will play on Lisbon, Madrid, Berlín and Paris. More info on

Welwitchia's picture

Anand is a World Champion and is still widely recognise and admired for his overall contribution to chess. Players like Anand and even Gelfand doenst need a high rating to assert themselves. They only need the mention of their names. Radjabov is a lad that still needs to cement his legacy. Anand was consistently in the top 3 for years........Whats your rating if you have any?

Anonymous's picture

Well, Anand is (still) allowed to carry the world champion title only by narrowly not losing to 44 years old 2740 elo player Gelfand. It's more than obvious by now that big names don't win enough games against clearly stronger younger players like Carlsen, Aronian, Radjabov, Caruana, Karjakin ..... and so on to stay on the very top. The mature guys had there time and it's slowly but surely over. Believe it or not, just see.

Simple Pole etc.'s picture

Clearly there is a conspiracy against Radjabov. I think it is because of his vertically striped shirt.

su_fq's picture

"Is Anand better than radjabov?"
Are you seriously retarded?
You know there is a thing called as World Championship. And Anand, lets check again..not Radjabov, Anand is a World Champion since doofus.

Anonymous's picture

explain the reasons to the guy, no need to insult him ! He might just arrived in the chess world, you never know !!! you DOOFUS

Anonymous's picture

True ! radjabov is invited to play the grand prix, but Papf question is interessing ... Why not in Tata Steel ? why not in London ? etc etc

choufleur's picture

Leko is the only player that has drawn all of his games. Seriously, it is surprising he is still invited in such events.

valg321's picture

he's got kick-@ss agent and he also projects a clean-cut, PC image of a chess GM to the world. that's about enough

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Jambow's picture

I was just noticing the same thing about Radjabov myself he seems to be invited less often considering how close to 2800 he has remained for almost two years if memory serves correct.

I thought Moro should have been able to hold a draw but as it entered the end game phase with pawn islands on both sides of the board he strangely plays his king towards the edge of the board instead of the center. Did anyone else think the same thing? His last game was so brilliant you wonder why he does that sort of thing.

Thomas's picture

Radjabov has been "close to 2800" (2780 or higher and world top5) for about a year now. This year he played Wijk aan Zee and Tal Memorial which is at least more than nothing. Maybe he got a Sao Paulo/Bilbao invitation but preferred to play or had already committed to the European Club Cup? Which leaves London, de facto a 'closed event' (they invite the same players year after year after year).

In terms of invitations he is involved in two triangular competitions, while he has an edge in one of them the other one is rather unclear. One is with his countrymen Mamedyarov and Gashimov - he is currently clear Azeri #1. The other is with Caruana and Karjakin, and here the two other ones may be considered "hotter players" - a few rating points give and take isn't all that matters. Caruana is inherently more attractive for western organizers, and both he and Karjakin tend to show more fighting spirit than Radjabov who seems often perfectly happy with second place in an event and gaining a few rating points. In Wijk aan Zee this year, Radjabov (who still had chances for first place) drew his last two games in 20 moves against Ivanchuk and 12 moves against Aronian - maybe that's why he wasn't re-invited?

baladala's picture

Maybe he does not like the weather in WaZ
Maybe he is financially too demanding
Maybe his wife is expecting a baby in January

There is no point in raising such speculations all the time. Let the journalists try to find out or setup an interview with him for clarification - if it is a topic of importance at all. Maybe not.

Anonymous's picture

I hope you're right about TR, i.e. players happy to draw don't get invites.

anon's picture

Caruana has repeatedly shown that he's a real talent, unlike Nakamura who loses points everytime he faces super GMs.

anon's picture

...and then he (Nakamura) beats weakers players at weak tournaments to re-gain his loss rating points. What a loser.

chessguy's picture

...yeah like the times he beat kramnik and anand...SMART

Excalibur's picture

Radjabov turned down his invite to TATA.

valg321's picture

interesting, if true. where's the source for that? can't be arsed to check it myself

The_Joker's picture

Where did the sanity go?


Anonymous's picture

The picture shows one advantage having a super tourney in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, problems with crowd control.

Jambow's picture

"unlike Nakamura who loses points everytime he faces super GMs."

Not sure but he has won several games and has a plus record against Anand and Kramnik who are and were world champions, he has won against Aronian and only Carlsen has a lopsided record against him. Actually Nakamura has a better record against the players mentioned than Carlsen does. He won against Carlsen in a blitz tournament and won against Aronian in 960. If Nakamura never goes any higher he has done well for himself.

I think Nakamura somehow casts a spell on people with twitter or something I've heard grown men cry over his tweets, including me when he said Obama 2012. ;0]

anon's picture

...yeah and he (Nakamura) came in last place at FIDE Grand Prix London amongst Giri, Hao, Kasimdzhanov and Company. What a joke. And then he beat weaker players at weak tournaments to re-gain a few rating points. LOL!

It gets boring when people bring up old story against Anand and Kramnik stuff. That's irrelevant.

Stop making excuses for Nakamura. He's now 13th ranked.

Anonymous's picture

Nakamura showed his real class today by crushing world #2 Aronian with the black pieces in just 32 moves. Get that reality and stop your ridiculous bashing, "anon" and all you other sore haters.

Anonymous's picture

Oh btw, he is currently ranked 11 in live ratings, but expect him to climb up very soon. Enjoy!

Funk's picture

Nakamura will get crushed by Carlsen and Luke. He, again, won't win this super tournament. Aronian was out of form. Nakamura will finish at the bottom like always.

funk's picture

Not too fast.

Nakamura will finish at the bottom like always.

And then play in weak tournaments.

Time will tell.

Anonymous's picture

I suppose you mean he will win/finish high in a supertournament like when he won Wijk aan Zee. Your cluelessness is amusing.

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