FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent R1: Morozevich, Karjakin win

11/22/2012 – After the very entertaining London GP, the lineup for the second Grand Prix series is a finely balanced roster with players of all styles, ensuring the widest variety of battles on the board. The average rating of event is 2747. The first round featured two wins: Morozevich beat Kamsky after the American blundered; Karjakin outplayed Dominguez in impressive fashion. Report with GM commentary.

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The second stage of the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place from November 21 to December 5th in the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The games start at 14:00h local time (= 10:00h CET, 13:00h Moscow, 04:00 a.m. New York). The tournament has a prize fund of 240,000 Euros.


City Palace – the hotel where the players are staying


The reception hall in fine Uzbek style

Participants

After the very entertaining London GP, in which Gelfand and Topalov shone, the lineup for the second Grand Prix series in is a finely balanced roster with players of all styles, ensuring the widest variety of battles on the board. Whether you favor the explosive chess of Alexander Morozevich, the boa constrictor style of Peter Leko, or the balanced play of Fabiano Caruana, it is all there.

The ratings in the following table are based on the November 2012 FIDE list. The average rating of event is 2747.1. Note that GM Gata Kamsky (US) replaces GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE) who is not able to play in this leg only.

#
Name
Nat.
Rating
1
Caruana, Fabiano
ITA
2786
2
Karjakin, Sergey
RUS
2775
3
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar
AZE
2764
4
Kamsky, Gata
USA
2762
5
Gelfand, Boris
ISR
2751
6
Morozevich, Alexander
RUS
2748
7
Svidler, Peter
RUS
2747
8
Ponomariov, Ruslan
UKR
2741
9
Wang, Hao
CHN
2737
10
Leko, Peter
HUN
2732
11
Dominguez Perez, Leinier
CUB
2726
12
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
UZB
2696

Technical meeting


The technical meeting of players and officials before the event


GMs Ponomariov and Karjakin testing the tables (wait: that is not a prematurely graying
Sergey Karjakin on the right but FIDE Continental President for Africa Lakhdar Mazouz)


Wang Hao and Peter Svidler testing the reception of cell phones in the playing hall


Wives: Sophie and Firuza – you figure who the husbands are

The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony at the Gallery of Fine Art was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum’s Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova and many others.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov speaks to the players and visitors


The Chairperson of the Fund Forum’s Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova


The media interest is gratifying


The dance pageant to celebrate the start of the Grand Prix


For the drawing of colours the players had to choose from some very attractive dolls


Alexander Morozevich picks the number one, inscribed at the bottom of his doll

Round one report

Round 1 on Thursday 22.11.2012 at 14:00
Morozevich Alexander 2748
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2762
Caruana Fabiano 2786
½-½
Svidler Peter 2747
Gelfand Boris 2751
½-½
Leko Peter 2732
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
½-½
Wang Hao 2737
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
0-1
Karjakin Sergey 2775

The first round featured two wins, the first and foremost between Alexander Morozevich and Gata Kamsky. Morozevich played his trademark style that has made him so deservedly popular, a high stakes game in which the most likely outcome is a series of fireworks worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, and defeated Gata Kamsky to open his tally with a win. In many ways, what Shirov was to the 90s, with his high-risk creative play, Morozevich is to the current crop of top players: He is creative, uncompromising, and dangerous beyond belief. His fault, one that he himself has recognized, is that it is the sort of chess that is incredibly demanding on the player, and that cannot be sustained for a long career.

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix-Tashkent 2012"] [Site "Tashkent"] [Date "2012.11.22"] [Round "1"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "Kamsky, Gata"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A34"] [WhiteElo "2748"] [BlackElo "2762"] [Annotator "Romain Edouard"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UZB"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 b6 4. e3 $5 {Often an interesting reaction against the ...c5+...b6 or ...c5+...g6 systems.} (4. g3 {or}) (4. e4 {are the main moves.}) 4... g6 $5 5. d4 Bg7 6. d5 O-O 7. Be2 e6 8. e4 exd5 $5 9. e5 $5 { Avoiding some "Benoni-like" positions.} Ne4 10. Nxd5 (10. Qxd5 $2 Nxc3 11. Qxa8 $2 Nc6 12. bxc3 Qc7 $17) 10... Nc6 11. Qd3 f5 12. exf6 Nxf6 13. Bg5 Bb7 14. Rd1 Qe8 $146 {Only now comes the official novelty, though only one game had been played after 9.e5.} 15. Bxf6 (15. Nc7 {looks critical and after} Ne5 $1 {the position is very unclear:} (15... Nb4 {is also playable.}) 16. Qd6 (16. Nxe5 $2 Qxe5 $19) 16... Bxf3 $1 17. Nxe8 (17. Bxf6 Rxf6 18. Nxe8 Rxd6 19. Nxd6 Bxg2 $36 ) 17... Raxe8 18. Bxf6 (18. gxf3 Nxf3+ 19. Kf1 Nxg5 $13) 18... Bxg2 $5 (18... Rxf6) 19. Bxe5 Bxe5 20. Qxd7 Bxb2 $1 $13) 15... Bxf6 16. O-O Rd8 17. Qd2 (17. Nxf6+ {might be more logical but after} Rxf6 18. Rfe1 Qf8 {Black is not worse.} ) 17... Qf7 18. Bd3 Nb4 $1 19. Be4 (19. Nxb4 Bxf3 20. gxf3 cxb4 $15) 19... Nxd5 20. Bxd5 Bxd5 21. cxd5 {In general Black should be fine once White got to put an isolated pawn on d5 (instead of a piece).} Qg7 22. b3 g5 23. h3 h5 24. d6 g4 25. Qd5+ Rf7 26. Ne1 gxh3 27. Rd3 hxg2 28. Nxg2 h4 (28... Bd4 $5 {(the other way to avoid immediate Rg3!)} 29. Kh1 Qf6 30. Rg3+ Kh8 $17) 29. Kh1 Qg5 30. Qe4 Rg7 31. Ne3 h3 32. Rdd1 Qe5 33. Qf3 Rf8 34. Nf5 Rg6 $4 {A great game by Gata Kamsky until this move. Probably a lack of energy in time trouble.} (34... Rg5 {with the idea of} 35. Rg1 Bd8 $1 {was better for Black.}) 35. Rde1 Qc3 36. Qd5+ (36. Qd5+ Kh8 37. Re3 $18) 1-0

The other win of the game was between the Cuban Leinier Dominguez and Sergey Karjakin. It was a Ruy Lopez Breyer, that left one with the impression that the Russian’s understanding of the intricacies far outweighed those of his Latin American colleague as little by little the advantage swung to Black. A powerful game by Karjakin in which he outplayed his opponent in impressive fashion.

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix-Tashkent 2012"] [Site "Tashkent"] [Date "2012.11.22"] [Round "1"] [White "Dominguez Perez, Leinier"] [Black "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C95"] [WhiteElo "2726"] [BlackElo "2775"] [Annotator "Romain Edouard"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UZB"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 d6 9. c3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Bg5 (14. Ng3 {used to be the main move.}) 14... h6 15. Bh4 Qc8 (15... g6 {is supposed to be the main move.}) 16. dxe5 dxe5 17. N3h2 a5 18. Qf3 Ra6 19. Ng4 $146 {Probably just a novetly over the board, since it seems not to promise White anything at all.} (19. Ne3 Qa8 (19... Nc5 $5) 20. Rad1 Nc5 21. Bxf6 Rxf6 22. Nf5 b4 23. Ng4 {was pretty unclear and ended in a draw in Navara,D (2691)-Avrukh,B (2596) Sibenik CRO 2012.}) 19... Nxg4 20. Qxg4 Nc5 21. Qf3 (21. Qxc8 $142 Rxc8 22. f3 $11 {followed by Ne3.}) 21... Qa8 {Already Black is very slightly better and White should be careful.} 22. Rad1 (22. a3 b4 $1 23. axb4 $140 axb4 24. Rxa6 Qxa6 25. cxb4 Ne6 {is a bit better for Black.}) 22... b4 23. Nd2 Rd6 24. Qe3 Ne6 25. Nc4 Rxd1 26. Rxd1 bxc3 27. bxc3 f6 28. Rb1 a4 {White is being outplayed slowly.} 29. Kh1 {Probably h2 would have been a better square for the king.} Ba6 30. Nb2 a3 31. Nd3 Bc4 32. Bb3 (32. Nc1 {followed by Nb3 is probably a better defense, but Black is anyway clearly better.}) 32... Bxb3 33. Rxb3 Rd8 $19 {Now White is lost already.} 34. Rb1 Qa4 35. Nb4 Nf4 36. Bg3 c5 37. Nd5 Nxd5 38. exd5 Qc2 39. Rb7 Qxa2 40. Ra7 Qb1+ 0-1

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Schedule and results

Round 1 on Thursday 22.11.2012 at 14:00
Morozevich Alexander 2748
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2762
Caruana Fabiano 2786
½-½
Svidler Peter 2747
Gelfand Boris 2751
½-½
Leko Peter 2732
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
½-½
Wang Hao 2737
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
0-1
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Round 2 on Friday, 23.11.2012 at 14:00
Kamsky Gata 2762
-
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Wang Hao 2737
-
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
-
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Leko Peter 2732
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Svidler Peter 2747
-
Gelfand Boris 2751
Morozevich Alexander 2748
-
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Round 3 on Saturday 24.11.2012 at 14:00
Caruana Fabiano 2786
-
Kamsky Gata 2762
Gelfand Boris 2751
-
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
-
Svidler Peter 2747
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
-
Leko Peter 2732
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
-
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Karjakin Sergey 2775
-
Wang Hao 2737
Round 4 on Sunday 25.11.2012 at 14:00
Kamsky Gata 2762
-
Wang Hao 2737
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
-
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Leko Peter 2732
-
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Svidler Peter 2747
-
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Morozevich Alexander 2748
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Caruana Fabiano 2786
-
Gelfand Boris 2751
Round 5 on Tuesday 27.11.2012 at 14:00
Gelfand Boris 2751
-
Kamsky Gata 2762
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
-
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
-
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
-
Svidler Peter 2747
Karjakin Sergey 2775
-
Leko Peter 2732
Wang Hao 2737
-
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Round 6 on Wednesday 28.11.2012 at 14:00
Kamsky Gata 2762
-
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Leko Peter 2732
-
Wang Hao 2737
Svidler Peter 2747
-
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Morozevich Alexander 2748
-
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Caruana Fabiano 2786
-
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Gelfand Boris 2751
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Round 7 on Thursday 29.11.2012 at 14:00
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
-
Kamsky Gata 2762
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
-
Gelfand Boris 2751
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
-
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Karjakin Sergey 2775
-
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Wang Hao 2737
-
Svidler Peter 2747
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
-
Leko Peter 2732
Round 8 on Friday 30.11.2012 at 14:00
Kamsky Gata 2762
-
Leko Peter 2732
Svidler Peter 2747
-
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Morozevich Alexander 2748
-
Wang Hao 2737
Caruana Fabiano 2786
-
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Gelfand Boris 2751
-
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
-
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Round 9 on Sunday 2.12.2012 at 14:00
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
-
Kamsky Gata 2762
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Karjakin Sergey 2775
-
Gelfand Boris 2751
Wang Hao 2737
-
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
-
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Leko Peter 2732
-
Svidler Peter 2747
Round 10 on Monday 3.12.2012 at 14:00
Kamsky Gata 2762
-
Svidler Peter 2747
Morozevich Alexander 2748
-
Leko Peter 2732
Caruana Fabiano 2786
-
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Gelfand Boris 2751
-
Wang Hao 2737
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
-
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
-
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Round 11 on Tuesday 4.12.2012 at 12:00
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
-
Kamsky Gata 2762
Karjakin Sergey 2775
-
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Wang Hao 2737
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
-
Gelfand Boris 2751
Leko Peter 2732
-
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Svidler Peter 2747
-
Morozevich Alexander 2748

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