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Kevin Bonham
22-11-2012, 09:46 PM
Tashkent Grand Prix starting tonight.

Caruana Fabiano ITA 2786, Karjakin Sergey RUS 2775, Mamedyarov Shakriyar AZE 2764, Kamsky Gata USA 2762, Gelfand Boris ISR 2751, Morozevich Alexander RUS 2748, Svidler Peter RUS 2747, Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2741, Wang Hao CHN 2737, Leko Peter HUN 2732, Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2726, Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2696

Poll voting open for 3 days.

23-11-2012, 01:02 PM
Funny looking field but it's good to see the Italians taking up chess again following Ponziani, Damiano etc so I voted for Caruana as an encouragement award. I hope he takes due notice. :)


PS I know Caruana has played before but he needs to keep up the good work.

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2012, 07:52 PM
Moro beat Kamsky and Dominguez lost to Karjakin in round 1; the rest drawn.

23-11-2012, 10:26 PM
any idea of regulations & start time each day?

Max Illingworth
23-11-2012, 10:29 PM
The rounds start at 9:00 AM GMT, which is 8pm Sydney time.

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2012, 12:48 AM
Morozevich beats Caruana for 2/2, outplaying him in a double rook ending; the rest drawn.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2012, 09:19 PM
Rd 3 Caruana beat Kamsky and Mamedyarov accounted for Svidler. Wang Hao missed the win in an OCB ending against Karjakin.

Kevin Bonham
26-11-2012, 01:32 AM
A few games of interest in round 4:

Kamsky - Wang

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.Ne5 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qxd4 8.Bxb4 Qxe5 9.Nd2 Qb5 10.Ba3 Bd7 11.Qc2 Nc6 12.Rc1 0-0-0 13.Nxc4 Kb8 14.b3 Nd4 15.Qb2 Bc6 16.f3 h5 17.h4 e5 18.e4 Bd7 19.Kf2 Be6 20.Ne3 Nd7 21.Rhe1 f6 22.f4 Qb6 23.Kg1 Rdg8 24.Qf2 g5 25.hxg5 fxg5 26.fxe5 h4 27.Nf5 Bxf5 28.exf5 hxg3 29.Qe3 Nxf5 30.Qxb6 Nxb6 31.e6 Re8 32.Bb2 Rh6 33.Rc5 Nh4 34.Be5 Na8 35.Bxg3 Nxg2 36.Kxg2 Rhxe6 37.Rxe6 Rxe6 38.Kf3 Rg6 39.Kg4 b5 40.a4 bxa4 41.bxa4 Rb6 42.Kxg5 Rb4 43.a5 Rb5 44.Rxb5+ axb5 45.Kf5 Kb7 46.Ke6 b4 47.Be1? [47.Kd5! Ka6 48.Kc4 Kxa5 is a tablebase draw but tricky, eg after 49.Be1 Nb6+ 50.Kc5 Na4+ 51.Kc6 Nc3 white must find 52.Bd2 eg 52...Ka4 53.Bh6 and if 53...b3 54.Bc1] 47...b3 48.Bc3 Kc6 49.Ke7 Kb5 50.Ke6 Kc4 51.Be5 c5 52.Kd6 Kb4 53.Kc6 c4 54.a6 c3 55.Bxc3+ Kxc3 56.Kb7 b2 57.Kxa8 b1=Q 58.a7 Kb4 0-1

Morozevich - Mamedyarov. An amazing game!

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Qb6 6.e3 Qxb2 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 9.Nge2 Qa3 10.Rb1 b6 11.0-0 a6 12.Bc7 e6 13.Bxb6 Bd6 14.Rb3 Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 Qe7 16.g3 Ng4 17.Bc5 Qf6 18.Nf4 Nxf2+ 19.Rxf2 Bxg3 20.Rfb2 Qh4+ 21.Kg1 Nxc5 22.dxc5 Bxf4 23.exf4 Qxf4 24.Ne2 Qc7 25.Qd4 0-0 26.Rb7 Qa5 27.Kf2 Rac8 28.Rc2 Rc6 29.Nc1 Qd8 30.Nd3 Qc8 31.Re7 Qd8 32.Rb7 Qc8 33.Rb3 e5 34.Nxe5 Qf5+ 35.Ke1 Qxc2 36.Nxc6 Qxa2 37.Re3 a5 38.Qxd5 Qc2 39.Re2 Qc1+ 40.Kf2 Qf4+ 41.Qf3 Qh4+ 42.Kf1 a4 43.Ne7+ Kh8 44.Nf5 Qf6 45.Rf2 Qe5 46.Rc2 a3 47.c6 Rc8 48.Kg2 h6 49.Ng3 Qe8 50.c7 a2 51.Rxa2 Rxc7 52.Ra8 Rc2+ 53.Kg1 Rc1+ 54.Kg2 Rc2+ 55.Kg1 Rc1+ 1/2-1/2

Caruana - Gelfand. Gelfand almost saves it then makes a critical error in a difficult endgame.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.Re1 Nd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.d3 a6 8.Ba4 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 10.Nd2 Nc6 11.f4 Na5 12.Bd5 Be7 13.Bxb7 Nxb7 14.Nf3 Qb6 15.Qe2 Na5 16.Qf2 Bc5 17.a3 b4 18.axb4 Bxb4 19.Rf1 Bc5 20.f5 f6 21.fxe6 dxe6 22.b4 Bxb4 23.Rb1 Qc5 24.Nxd4 e5 25.Ne6 Qxf2+ 26.Kxf2 Kf7 27.Rxb4 Kxe6 28.Rb6+ Kd7 29.Bd2 Nc6 30.Rb7+ Ke6 31.Rxg7 a5 32.Ra1 Rhb8 33.Ra2 h5 34.Rc7 Rc8 35.Rb7 Rcb8 36.Rh7 Rh8 37.Rxh8 Rxh8 38.Rb2 Ra8 39.c3 Rb8 40.Rxb8 Nxb8 41.Bc1 Nd7 42.Ba3 f5 43.exf5+ Kxf5 44.c4 e4 45.Ke3 exd3 46.Kxd3 Ne5+ 47.Kd4 Ke6 48.c5 Nc6+ 49.Kc4 Ne5+ 50.Kd4 Nc6+ 51.Ke4 Ne5 52.Bb2 Nc4 53.Bc3 a4 54.h4 a3 55.c6 a2 56.Kf4 Nd6? [56...Kd6 57.g4 hxg4 58.h5 g3 59.Kxg3 Ne3=] 57.Ba1 Kd5 58.c7 Kc6 59.Kg5 1-0

Svidler - Ponomariov

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Qe2 0-0 8.Bg5 Nd4 9.Qd2 Nxb3 10.axb3 Re8 11.f3 h6 12.Bf4 d5 13.0-0-0 d4 14.Kb1 Be6 15.Nb5 Qe7 16.g4 Rad8 17.h4 c6 18.Na3 Bc7 19.Nc4 Bxf4 20.Qxf4 Qc5 21.g5 Nh5 22.Qh2 Bxc4 23.Bxc4 b5 24.Bd3 Qe5 25.Rdg1 Qxh2 26.Rxh2 g6 27.Rg4 Ng7 28.gxh6 Nh5 29.f4 Kh7 30.e5 Kxh6 31.b4 Kg7 32.Rf2 Kf8 33.f5 gxf5 34.Rg5 Ng7 35.h5 Re6 36.Rfg2 Ne8 37.Rxf5 Rd7 38.Rf1 Rh6 39.e6 Re7 40.exf7 Nf6 41.Rg6 Rxg6 42.hxg6 Nh5 43.Rh1 Re5 44.Be2 1-0

+2 Morozevich
+1 Wang Hao, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Caruana
= Kasimdzhanov, Leko, Svidler
-1 Dominguez, Ponomariov, Gelfand
-3 Kamsky

Kevin Bonham
28-11-2012, 09:37 PM
In round 5, Kamsky beat Gelfand with the Dutch. Moro made a mistake against Pono on the black side of a French Open (boo!) Tarrasch and lost. Wang Hao - Kasimdzhanov saw black 0-0-0 behind tripled isolated c-pawns, the way you do, and win quite comfortably in the end. Rest drawn

Five players +1 after that.


28-11-2012, 10:54 PM
Good one, Gata!

Kevin Bonham
29-11-2012, 12:20 AM
Morozevich has bounced back to retake the lead, defeating Dominguez. Rest drawn.

+2 Morozevich
+1 Kasimdzhanov, Karjakin, Caruana, Mamedyarov
= Ponomariov, Svidler, Leko, Wang
-2 Gelfand, Dominguez, Kamsky

Mamedyarov and Gelfand were co-winners of the first GP but so far Mamedyarov is doing well in this one while Gelfand is not.

Kevin Bonham
30-11-2012, 01:50 AM
Endgame disaster for Morozevich (it's very spectacular!)

Karjakin - Morozevich

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.0-0 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.a4 0-0 11.Kh1 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Bd7 13.e5 Ne8 14.Bf3 Bc6 15.Qb6 Bxf3 16.Rxf3 Rc8 17.a5 Qc6 18.Na4 f6 19.exd6 Nxd6 20.Qxc6 Rxc6 21.Bc5 Re8 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.Bxe7 Rxe7 24.c3 e5 25.Kg1 exf4 26.Rxf4 g6 27.Rf3 f5 28.Rfd3 Nc5 29.Nxc5 Rxc5 30.Rd5 Rxd5 31.Rxd5 Kf7 32.Rd6 Kg7 33.Kf2 Kh6 34.Kf3 Kh5 35.Rb6 Kg5 36.g3 Rc7 37.h3 Rd7 38.c4 Rd3+ 39.Kf2 Rd7 40.Ke3 Re7+ 41.Kf3 Rc7 42.b3 Kh5 43.Kf4 Rf7 44.Kf3 g5 45.b4 g4+ 46.hxg4+ fxg4+ 47.Ke4 Kg5 48.b5 axb5 49.cxb5 h5 50.a6 Re7+ 51.Kd3 Rd7+ 52.Kc4 Rc7+?? [52...bxa6 53.bxa6 Ra7 looks like it draws to me eg 54.Kb5 h4 55.gxh4+ Kxh4 and black can just sac the rook for the a-pawn] 53.Rc6! bxc6 54.b6 Rc8 55.b7 Rb8 56.Kc5 h4 57.a7 Rxb7 58.a8=Q Rh7 59.Qg8+ Kh6 60.gxh4 Rg7 61.Qh8+ Kg6 62.h5+ Kf7 63.h6 Rg5+ 64.Kd6 g3 65.Qh7+ Kf6 66.Qe7+ Kf5 67.Qxg5+ Kxg5 68.h7 1-0

Dominguez ground down by Caruana in a long game that finished with RR vs R+2P.

Scores with three to go:

+2 Karjakin, Caruana
+1 Kasimdzhanov, , Mamedyarov, Morozevich
= Ponomariov, Svidler, Leko, Wang
-2 Gelfand, Kamsky
-3 Dominguez

Kevin Bonham
01-12-2012, 02:32 PM
Leko beat Kamsky in a positionally interesting game (http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8675) and the rest were drawn. Three to go.

Kevin Bonham
03-12-2012, 12:49 AM
Wang Hao beat Caruana in rd 9, rest were drawn.

+2 Karjakin
+1 Kasimdzhanov, Mamedyarov, Morozevich, Caruana, Wang, Leko
= Ponomariov, Svidler
-2 Gelfand
-3 Dominguez, Kamsky

Close at the top with three players trailing badly.

03-12-2012, 12:31 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 3rd December 2012.

There are three rounds left to play in the FIDE Grand Prix event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Morozevich,A (2748) - Dominguez Perez,L (2726) [D85] 6
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Qa4+ Nd7 8.Nf3 c5 9.Be2 00 10.00 a6 11.Qa3 Qc7 12.Bg5 Re8 13.Rad1 Rb8 14.d5 e6 15.dxe6 Rxe6 16.Bh4 Bh6 17.Bc4 Rxe4 18.Bg3 Qb6? (18..Rf4 was better) 19.Qa4 Re7 20.Bd6 Qd8 21.Bxe7 Qxe7 22.Rfe1 Qf8 23.Rxd7 b5 24.Bxf7+ Kg7 25.Qd1 Bxd7 26.Qxd7 Rd8 27.Qc7 Rc8 28.Qb7 Rb8 29.Qe7 10

Leading scores (12 players average rating 2747):- F.Caruana (ITA 2786) and S.Karjakin (RUS 2775) 5/8. Arbiter is IA and WIM A.Sorokina (AUS)

Kevin Bonham
04-12-2012, 12:21 AM
In Round 10, Morozevich has defeated Leko, Mamedyarov has beaten the leader Karjakin and Ponomariov has beaten Dominguez.

Standings with a round to go are:

+2 Mamedyarov, Morozevich
+1 Kasimdzhanov, Caruana, Wang, Karjakin, Ponomariov
= Svidler, Leko
-2 Gelfand
-3 Kamsky
-4 Dominguez

Final round tomorrow starts 2 hrs earlier.

Pairings are:

Karjakin - Pono
Wang - Mamedyarov
Kasimdzhanov - Gelfand
Leko - Caruana
Svidler - Morozevich
Dominguez - Kamsky for the wooden spoon!

Kevin Bonham
05-12-2012, 01:05 AM
Wins to Wang Hao, Karjakin and ... Dominguez!

Final standings:
+2 Morozevich, Wang, Karjakin
+1 Kasimdzhanov, Caruana, Mamedyarov,
= Svidler, Leko, Ponomariov,
-2 Gelfand
-3 Dominguez
-4 Kamsky

Mamedyarov and Wang Hao are now the best placed of those who have played two events, and Topalov, Karjakin and Morozevich of those who have played one. There is no tearaway leader. Radjabov and Gashimov have yet to play their first event. Dominguez has had two poor events.

05-12-2012, 09:13 AM
In the last round, the Svidler-Morozevich game was absolutely crazy!:owned:

10-12-2012, 10:38 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 10th December 2012.

The FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan was closely fought with none of the twelve players scoring above 6.5/11.

Morozevich,A (2748) - Leko,P (2732) [A33] (10)
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Ne5 8.e4 Bb4 9.Qe2 d6 10.Bd2 a5 11.f4 Nc6 12.Be3 Qc7 13.Bg2 a4 14.Nd2 Bxc3 15.bxc3 b6 (N)16.Rb1 Nd7 17.Qf2 Rb8 18.00 00 19.g4 Ba6 20.Qh4 Rfe8 21.Rf3 Nf8 22.Rh3 b5 23.e5! dxe5 24.Be4 h6 25.f5 f6 26.Bxh6! gxh6 27.Qxh6 Qa7+ 28.Kg2 Qg7 29.Bxc6 Qxh6 30.Rxh6 Red8 31.Ne4 Kg7 32.Rxf6 Rdc8 33.cxb5 Rxc6 34.bxc6 Rxb1 35.fxe6 Bd3 36.e7 Bxe4+ 37.Kg3 Ng6 38.e8=Q Kxf6 39.Qd8+ Kf7 40.c7 Rb2 41.Qd7+ Kf6 42.g5+ 10

Leading final scores:- S.Karjakin (RUS 2775), Wang Hao (CHN 2737), A.Morozevich (2748) 6.5/11: R.Kasimdzhanov (UZB 2696), S.Mamedyarov (AZE 2764), F.Curuana (ITA 2786) 6.