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