Tashkent Closing

by Alejandro Ramirez
11/4/2014 – Andreikin started off the Grand Prix series on the wrong foot, but his impressive result in Tashkent puts him now on the leaderboard. However, even this victory is not enough to place the Russian player in the sweet top two qualifying spots - those are currently being held by Caruana and Nakamura. We bring you the closing ceremony report and the new Grand Prix Standings.

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The second stage of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The tournament ran from October 20th to November 3rd, 2014. Some of the strongest players in the world competed 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.

Closing Ceremony

When all was said and done, Andreikin, Nakamura and Mamedyarov were the big winners from Tashkent. Andreikin takes home the 20.000 Euros and 170 Grand Prix points.

A young fan takes the opportunity to get a once-in-a-lifetime autograph

Press officer Anastasiya Karlovich and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Nakamura tied for second. In the Grand Prix money and GP Points are split with the people that are in a tie.

Mamedyarov was the other player tied for second, Nakamura counts how many GP points he has now

Andreikin showed solid chess and punished his opponent's for their mistakes; that was his key to success this time around

The podium: Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Andreikin

What can you do?! Gelfand went from first in Baku to last in Tashkent

As usual the GP closes with a nice dinner for the players, the organization and the accompaning people

Karlovich, Jobava and Kasimdzhanov posing for a picture. MVL is too busy for that.

Grand Prix Standings

Of course this tournament brings big changes to the standings of the Grand Prix series. With neither Caruana nor Gelfand having a great tournament, the GP series certainly opens up to several other people. Here are the standings:

  Player FIDE rating
Sep 2014
Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-
Mansiysk
Total
1  Fabiano Caruana 2801 155 75   x 230
2  Hikaru Nakamura  2782 82 125   x 207
3  Dmitry Andreikin  2722 20 170 x   190
4  Boris Gelfand 2748 155 15   x 170
5  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2756 35 125 x   160
6  Sergey Karjakin 2777 82 75   x 157
7  Teimour Radjabov 2717 50 50 x   100
8  Alexander Grischuk 2789 82   x x 82
8  Peter Svidler 2732 82   x x 82
8  Evgeny Tomashevsky 2701 82   x x 82
11  Baadur Jobava 2717   75 x x 75
11  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2768   75 x x 75
13  Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2706 35 15 x   50
14  Anish Giri 2758   40 x x 40
15  Dmitry Jakovenko 2747   30 x x 30
16  Leinier Dominguez 2756 10   x x 10

We are half way through the series already since it was shortened to only four tournaments this time around. Caruana's performance in Tashkent wasn't spectacular but certainly not dismal. His 75 points are good enough to put him still at the top, 23 points ahead of Nakamura. Andreikin's fantastic Tashkent helps a lot, but unfortunately for him his performance in Baku was far from good, same with Mamedyarov.

Both Nakamura and Caruana will skip Tbilisi and instead will play in the final tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, this means that the players that qualify from the GP will not be set in the Georgian capital.

 

Standings

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

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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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BKnight2003 BKnight2003 11/5/2014 09:04
MVL, Jakovenko, who cares? Look at Karlovich!
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 11/5/2014 03:02
The photo of Karlovich and Ilyumzhinov looks like two wax figures.
Jim Geary Jim Geary 11/5/2014 01:08
Two of the all time greats... Spassky, Kirsan.
Mindhunterr Mindhunterr 11/4/2014 11:05
That is Jakovenko
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 11/4/2014 07:14
Are you sure that's "MVL (is too busy for that)"? It looks like Jakovenko to me.
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