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FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 (7)

Karjakin and Caruana lead Tashkent Grand Prix after Round 7 wins

Karjakin and Svidler wait for their opponents to move. Photo ©

Karjakin and Svidler wait for their opponents to move. Photo © |

Sergey Karjakin inflicted a second defeat on Alexander Morozevich to take the lead in the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. Morozevich was perhaps even better at one point but drifted and missed a huge tactic in the ending to even lost the game. (52...Rc7+? loses to 53.Rc6!! with decisive running pawns. 52...bxa6 should draw).

Fabiano Caruana played the Scandinavian against a struggling Leinier Dominguez Perez and quite quickly at least equalised whilst retaining the somewhat better chances. 31.c4? was a mistake but maybe not the decisive one, Caruana had to work hard right into the ending (40...e5 is a dangerous line he had to calculate carefully) and he eventually converted an extra queenside pawn.

Gata Kamsky missed an opportunity late into a tough struggle with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 58.Rg6? Rf3+ (Re4 is the chance) 59.Kh2 (Rf4 returning to the winning position) in a game that was generally dynamically balanced.

The remaing games were drawn: Leko-Kasimdzhanov (if white had anything Leko wasn't accurate enough to exploit it), Wang Hao-Svidler (comfortable draw for black) and Ponomariov-Gelfand (lively Sicilian finishing in perpetual check).

Leaders: Caruana and Karjakin 4.5 points, Mamedyarov, Kasimdzhanov and Morozevich on 4 points.

FIDE GP Tashkent Tashkent UZB (UZB), 22 xi-4 xii 2012 cat. XX (2747)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2775 * . . ½ 1 . ½ ½ ½ . ½ 1 2837
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2786 . * ½ . 0 ½ ½ . . 1 1 1 2850
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2764 . ½ * ½ ½ . 1 ½ . ½ ½ . 4 2796
4. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2696 ½ . ½ * . ½ . ½ 1 . ½ ½ 4 2798
5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2748 0 1 ½ . * 0 . . . ½ 1 1 4 2807
6. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2741 . ½ . ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ ½ . . 2742
7. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 ½ ½ 0 . . 1 * . ½ ½ . ½ 2754
8. Leko, Peter g HUN 2732 ½ . ½ ½ . ½ . * ½ ½ . ½ 2741
9. Wang, Hao g CHN 2737 ½ . . 0 . ½ ½ ½ * . 1 ½ 2739
10. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2751 . 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ . * 0 . 2652
11. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2762 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 . . . 0 1 * . 2649
12. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2726 0 0 . ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ . . * 2 2587
Round 7 (November 29, 2012)
Karjakin, Sergey - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 68 B49 Sicilian Paulsen
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 70 D94 Gruenfeld Closed
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Leko, Peter ½-½ 38 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 34 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang, Hao - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 32 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 83 B01 Centre Counter

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