Tashkent R3: Caruana bounces back, Mamedyarov also wins

11/24/2012 – A bad day for the Grünfeld, as the two who played it lost. Mamedyarov was the quickest to win as Svidler found himself in a terrible bind very early on and eventually lost the exchange and then the game. Caruana bounced back from yesterday’s loss, and beat Kamsky after the queenside locked up, and the Italian unleashed an unstoppable kingside attack. Full 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.

Round three report

Round 3 on Saturday 24.11.2012 at 14:00
Caruana Fabiano 2786
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2762
Gelfand Boris 2751
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Svidler Peter 2747
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
½-½
Leko Peter 2732
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Karjakin Sergey 2775
½-½
Wang Hao 2737


The playing hall at the start of the round

Caruana-Kamsky: Caruana managed to get a complex position with a huge space advantage. However it wasn't absolutely clear if he would be able to break through. Fabiano noted he was surprised by Kamsky's quite passive defense. In his opinion American player should have tried to organize counterplay with either e5 or f5. 23...h6 and 24…g5 created additional weaknesses in Black's position and later on White managed to convert his advantage into a full point.

GM commentary by Romain Edouard


Fabiano Caruana and Gata Kamsky at the start of their round three game

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix-Tashkent 2012"]
[Site "Tashkent"]
[Date "2012.11.24"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Kamsky, Gata"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D94"]
[WhiteElo "2786"]
[BlackElo "2762"]
[Annotator "Romain Edouard"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[EventCountry "UZB"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 g6 {I don't want to give a
dubious mark on such a early move, especially since it is Kamsky's style to go
for unexplored positions, but of course 5...b5, 5...e6 or 5...Bf5 are known to
be better moves.} 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. h3 b5 (8... Nbd7 $5 {was played by
Anand while}) (8... dxc4 $5 {was played by Kamsky himself some years ago.}) 9.
b3 Nbd7 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. c5 Ne8 $146 12. Bb2 Nc7 13. b4 a5 14. a3 {and now the
situation is clear: if Black cannot go ...e5, White is better and Black didn't
get what he wanted.} Ne6 (14... e5 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Nxb5 Bxb2
18. Nxc7 Bxa1 19. Nxa8 Qxa8 20. Rxa1 axb4 21. Qb2 $16) 15. Nd2 Qc7 16. f4 {Now
White has a free and strong long-term attack on the kingside.} axb4 17. axb4
Rxa1 18. Rxa1 Ra8 19. Rxa8+ Bxa8 20. Nf3 Bb7 21. g4 Bc8 22. Bc1 Nf6 23. Qa2 h6
24. Ne5 g5 $6 25. Bf5 Nd8 26. Bd3 (26. Qa5 $5 Qxa5 27. bxa5 {followed by
Na2-Nb4 gives White a huge advantage, but is simply unnecessary here.}) 26...
gxf4 27. exf4 Nd7 28. Nf3 Ne6 29. Ne2 Qb7 30. Be3 Qa6 31. Qb2 Nef8 32. Ng3 e6
33. Nh5 {White has a crushing attack.} Bh8 34. f5 Nf6 35. Bxh6 Ne4 36. f6 Nxf6
37. Ne5 (37. Qd2 $5 $18) 37... Ne4 38. Bxe4 dxe4 39. Qf2 Bxe5 40. dxe5 Qa1+ 41.
Kg2 f5 42. exf6 Kf7 43. Bxf8 Kxf8 44. Qd2 Kf7 45. Qd8 Qb2+ 46. Kg3 Qc3+ 47. Kh4
Qe1+ 48. Ng3 1-0


Top seed Fabiano Caruana with a win, loss and draw so far

Karjakin-Wang Hao: The French Defence was played in the longest game of the third round. Sergey Karjakin got a slight advantage after the opening and started to increase his initiative. 19. Nc6 turned to be a big mistake, as Black immediately solved his problems and equalized the chances after 19…Bc6 20.Bc6 Nd5. As Sergey admitted at the press-conference he missed 32.Rf2 and had to defend a very unpleasant endgame with a pawn down.

GM commentary by Romain Edouard

[Event "FIDE Grand Prix-Tashkent 2012"] [Site "Tashkent"] [Date "2012.11.24"] [Round "3"] [White "Karjakin, Sergey"] [Black "Wang, Hao"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C10"] [WhiteElo "2775"] [BlackElo "2737"] [Annotator "Romain Edouard"] [PlyCount "149"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventCountry "UZB"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bd3 Nxe4 7. Bxe4 Nf6 8. Bg5 Qd6 9. Bd3 Qb4+ 10. Bd2 Qxb2 11. O-O Be7 12. c4 O-O 13. Re1 Qb6 14. Bc3 Qd6 15. Ne5 b5 16. c5 Qd5 17. Bxb5 Bb7 18. f3 Qd8 19. Nc6 Bxc6 20. Bxc6 Nd5 21. Qd3 Rb8 22. Qc4 Nxc3 23. Qxc3 Bf6 24. Rad1 g6 25. Qc4 Bg7 26. d5 exd5 27. Qxd5 Qf6 {After some inaccurate moves by White, suddenly Black's position becomes favourable.} 28. Ba4 Rb2 29. Bb3 Qh4 30. Kh1 Qf2 31. f4 Qxf4 32. Rf1 Rf2 33. Qc4 Rxf1+ 34. Rxf1 Qxc4 35. Bxc4 h5 36. g3 Be5 37. Re1 Re8 38. Bb5 Rb8 39. a4 f6 40. Rd1 Kg7 41. Rd7+ Kh6 42. Kg2 a6 43. Bxa6 Rb2+ 44. Kh1 Rc2 45. Bf1 Rxc5 46. Rd2 Rc1 47. Kg2 Ra1 48. Bb5 c5 49. Kf3 Kg5 50. Rd5 Ra3+ 51. Ke2 h4 52. Rxc5 hxg3 53. hxg3 Kg4 54. a5 Kxg3 55. a6 Ra5 56. Rd5 g5 57. Bc4 Ra4 58. Bb5 Ra5 59. Bc4 Ra4 60. Bb5 Ra2+ 61. Rd2 Ra5 62. Bc4 f5 63. Rd5 $4 ({After} 63. Rd3+ { followed by Rd7 White has very decent chances for a draw.}) 63... Rxd5 64. Bxd5 Bb8 65. Be6 f4 66. Kd3 g4 67. Ke4 f3 68. Kf5 Ba7 $4 (68... Kh4 $1 69. Ke4 (69. Bd5 Kh3 $19) 69... f2 70. Bc4 Kh3 71. Bf1+ Kh2 {wins.}) 69. Kg5 {Now the position is a complete draw!} f2 (69... Be3+ 70. Kf5 Kh4 71. Ke4 Ba7 72. Bd7 { and Black has no way to improve his position.}) 70. Bc4 Kf3 71. Bd5+ ({It is quite funny to notice that some move like} 71. Kf5 {would be enough due to} g3 72. Bd5+ Ke2 73. Kg4 $1 {with a draw.}) 71... Ke3 72. Bg2 g3 73. Kg4 Bb8 74. a7 Bxa7 75. Kxg3 1/2-1/2

Mamedyarov-Svidler: A rarely seen line in Gruenfeld (e3) was played in this game and, as Mamedyarov pointed out during the press conference, 6…e6 was not the best decision made by Peter. Afterwards Peter Svidler missed a chance to sacrifice a queen after 18...Nxd7 19. Nxd7 Rc3 20. Rxd8 Rxd8. There were good chances to hold for a draw if he chose this line, but instead he surprisingly gave an exchange.


The game was rather one-sided and Shakh managed to convert his advantage in a very convincing way


Press officer Anastasiya Karlovich analyses with Ruslan Ponomariov and Peter Leko

Ponomariov-Leko: Ruslan Ponomariov was surprised by Peter Leko’s choice in the opening, as he didn’t expect the Najdorf today. As a result the Ukrainian GM tried to avoid the main variations and chose the line with h3. During the press conference the former FIDE world champion pointed out he was not able to get any advantage from the white pieces and let his opponent get quite comfortable play. Peter Leko confessed he still hadn’t recovered after yesterday’s game. Even though the position was playable, Hungarian Grandmaster preferred to make a relatively quick draw after three-time repetition in order to get some rest.

Gelfand-Morozevich: For the first time Alexander Morozevich (above left) came to the press conference with his opponent. It was a tough battle with many variations left behind the curtain. The players stepped onto unknown ground relatively quickly, leaving the main theoretical lines aside. Already 10...Qd7 appeared to be a novelty. Both players agreed during the press conference that 15.Qb2 was a bit of a soft move and White should have tried 15.e4 Qe4 16.f4. There was no a clear way for Black to equalize after 18.Bd4 as well. Boris confessed he had missed Black's strong idea 19.Bc8 followed by 20.Ra7, exchanging White's active rook. It became clear for Boris Gelfand that White had lost his chances for advantage. Israeli player went for series of exchanges and kept the balance in the game.


Anastasiya Karlovich with Rustam Kasimzdhanov and Leiner Dominguez

Dominguez-Kasimdzhanov: Leiner Dominguez spent a lot of time in the opening trying to find any advantage. It seemed Rustam Kasimzdhanov was equipped better than his opponent and didn’t face much trouble in the opening. During the press conference Rustam admitted he was surprised by 20.Qd8, as the endgame turned to be slightly better for Black. He continued to play actively, managed to win a pawn and got promising chances in the knight endgame. However, Leiner Diminguez defended courageously and game finished in a draw.

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Standings after three rounds

Game summaries by the official site, photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

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
½-½
Karjakin Sergey 2775
Wang Hao 2737
½-½
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
½-½
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
Leko Peter 2732
½-½
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
Svidler Peter 2747
½-½
Gelfand Boris 2751
Morozevich Alexander 2748
1-0
Caruana Fabiano 2786
Round 3 on Saturday 24.11.2012 at 14:00
Caruana Fabiano 2786
1-0
Kamsky Gata 2762
Gelfand Boris 2751
½-½
Morozevich Alexander 2748
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764
1-0
Svidler Peter 2747
Ponomariov Ruslan 2741
½-½
Leko Peter 2732
Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726
½-½
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696
Karjakin Sergey 2775
½-½
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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