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FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent 2012 (2)

Morozevich leads alone on 2/2 at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent

Alexander Morozevich at the opening ceremony with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Alexander Morozevich at the opening ceremony with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. | http://tashkent2012.fide.com

Alexander Morozevich defeated Fabiano Caruana in a Ruy Lopez Berlin to remain the only player on 100% after two rounds of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. Caruana chose passive defence right into a rook and pawn ending but it was his 40...Rxa4? that cost him the game rather than 40...Rf4! which would have given good drawing chances. The remaining games were drawn. Wang Hao vs Dominguez Perez was a lively Gruenfeld sideline where Wang said he struggled to remember his preparation. Eventually he got a perpetual check. Peter Leko got less than nothing against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov's Pirc and had to show care to draw the game. Peter Svidler seemed to get a promising initiative against Boris Gelfand in a 3.Bb5 Sicilian but the advantage dissipated. Kamsky-Karjakin and Kasimdzhanov-Ponomariov were both draws where white got little or no advantage from the opening.

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. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2748 * . . . . . . . . 1 1 . 2
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2775 . * . . . . . . . ½ . 1 2937
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2764 . . * . . ½ ½ . . . . . 1 2714
4. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2751 . . . * . ½ . . ½ . . . 1 2739
5. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2741 . . . . * . ½ ½ . . . . 1 2716
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2732 . . ½ ½ . * . . . . . . 1 2757
7. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2696 . . ½ . ½ . * . . . . . 1 2752
8. Wang, Hao g CHN 2737 . . . . ½ . . * . . . ½ 1 2733
9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 . . . ½ . . . . * . ½ . 1 2768
10. Kamsky, Gata g USA 2762 0 ½ . . . . . . . * . . ½ 2568
11. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2786 0 . . . . . . . ½ . * . ½ 2554
12. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2726 . 0 . . . . . ½ . . . * ½ 2563
Round 2 (November 23, 2012)
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 51 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Leko, Peter - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 54 B07 Pirc Defence
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 34 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Wang, Hao - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 38 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Svidler, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 45 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Kamsky, Gata - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 30 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian

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