Tashkent 02: Now with Playchess Commentary!

by Alejandro Ramirez
10/22/2014 – To fill the gap left by the lack of broadcast from Tashkent, Playchess will be providing live commentary for the second leg of the Grand Prix! Simon Williams and Daniel King have stepped up to provide chess fans from around the World an entertaining, live look at the most important tournament currently in the World. One that is currently being led by MVL, with 2.0/2.

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The second stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The tournament will run from October 20th to November 3rd, 2014. Some of the strongest players in the world will compete in a Round Robin event. The winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix series will earn their spot at the 2016 Candidate's Tournament.

Round Two

Round 02 –October 22 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764

Fans may be bemoaning the lack of live GM commentary for the Tashkent Grand Prix, but they need not worry as their voices were heard. Although it had not been previously scheduled, ChessBase will be bringing in GMs Simon Williams and Daniel King to provide live commentary on Playchess for all Premium subscribers. If you are not already a Premium member, you can become one here or alternately, packages such as Komodo 8 come with a 6-month Premium subscription included.

As of tomorrow, GM Simon Williams will cover round three, while GM Daniel King will comment rounds four and five. Live commentary will start at 12 pm sharp CET (Paris time).

Daniel King also brings us the recap of Round One:

Daniel King also brings us the recap of Round Two:

The players are not the only ones that travelled from Baku to Tashkent: both
Firuza Kasimdzhanova and Galiya Karyakina accompany their husbands

Gelfand, Boris ½-½ Karjakin, Sergey
Gelfand's idea in the Queen's Indian gave him a small plus. Karjakin fought hard to keep this under control, and the resulting endgame was favorable for White, but nothing special. With only one weakness to attack (the pawn on c5) it was difficult to make progress. Gelfand agreed to draw when he ran out of ideas.

Gelfand tried, but Karjakin defended

Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ Radjabov, Teimour
Almost a carbon-copy of the game Fressinet-Radjabov, Jakovenko didn't bring anything new to the table that would indicate that this long and well known endgame is anything but a draw. Radjabov even lost a pawn at some point and at no point was there a doubt in anyone's mind that the game would end in a split point.

Jobava, Baadur ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
Jobava can count his lucky stars. With an incredibly bad opening he was almost lost by move 10. A nice stroke by Caruana with 9...b5! meant that Jobava's queen was suddenly in a very bad shape. Caruana probably would have won the game easily had he found the strong 11...Ne7, instead he decided to win a queen for a rook and a minor piece, but with the extremely reduced amount of material it became very difficult to win. At the end there were several continuations that gave Caruana a queen for a rook, but allowed Jobava to survive with a fortress. At the end of the day the Italian could not find a way and the draw was agreed.

Caruana definitely missed a chance to win today's game

Andreikin, Dmitry ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Perhaps Andreikin was very surprised in the opening, but he simply had no chances in this game. Following an old idea of Shirov that was uncorked in 1997 against Anand (and that Fressinet used once after that) Nakamura simply forced a perpetual before move 25 was reached.

Nakamura's excellent preparation gave him an easy draw

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 1-0 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam
A very careless move in the opening left Kasimdzhanov in a bad position. The simplest of pawn advances almost trapped Black's bishop and the structure had to be compromised to save it. With already an edge in the bag MVL kept on pushing. A further mistake by Black meant that MVL had an extra pawn and the better position, and it was easy pickings from then on.

MVL starts with 2.0/2 and is here to show he can also win a GP

Giri, Anish ½-½ Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
An interesting novelty shocked Mamedyarov who did not know how to respond. The resulting endgame after a series of exchanges heavily favored Giri. He had pressure against an isolated and blockaded pawn, better development and doubled rooks on the c-file. However his technique was less than impressive, he was unable to really put any pressure on his opponent's position and slowly but surely Black consolidated to a draw.

Mamedyarov getting some fuel to defend an uncomfortable position

The spectators at the playing hall. You will have an even better view from the comfort of your home on the www.playchess.com server starting tomorrow with commentary by Simon Williams!

Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich from the official website

Standings

Round One Games

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Schedule

Round 01 – October 21 2014, 15:00h
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Gelfand, Boris 2748
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
0-1
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
1-0
Jobava, Baadur 2717
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
½-½
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Round 02 –October 22 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748
½-½
Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
½-½
Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
1-0
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Jobava, Baadur 2717
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
½-½
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Giri, Anish 2768
½-½
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Round 03 – October 23 2014, 15:00h
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Giri, Anish 2768
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Round 04 – October 24 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Giri, Anish 2768   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Round 05 – October 26 2014, 15:00h
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Giri, Anish 2768
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Round 06 – October 27 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Giri, Anish 2768   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Round 07 – October 28 2014, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Giri, Anish 2768
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Round 08 – October 29 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Giri, Anish 2768   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Round 09 – October 31 2014, 15:00h
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Giri, Anish 2768
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Round 10 – November 01, 2014, 15:00h
Gelfand, Boris 2748   Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
Giri, Anish 2768   Jobava, Baadur 2717
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764   Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
Nakamura, Hikaru 2764   Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
Caruana, Fabiano 2844   Karjakin, Sergey 2767
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706   Radjabov, Teimour 2726
Round 11 – November 02, 2014, 13:00h
Radjabov, Teimour 2726   Gelfand, Boris 2748
Karjakin, Sergey 2767   Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706
Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747   Caruana, Fabiano 2844
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757   Nakamura, Hikaru 2764
Jobava, Baadur 2717   Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764
Andreikin, Dmitry 2722   Giri, Anish 2768

Links

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Topics: Grand Prix, Tashkent

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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santiago2 santiago2 10/23/2014 02:42
hello, you can add a button to turn the chessboard of the game? thanks and regards
Niima Niima 10/22/2014 10:00
To the editor:

"Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Kasimdzhanov, Rustam" should read 1-0 not a draw
NMcrazyim5 NMcrazyim5 10/22/2014 09:58
Great to hear commentary from GM King and GM Williams.
Doutzen Doutzen 10/22/2014 07:35
Very good news!!!
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