Morozevich Wins Again In Tashkent

Morozevich Wins Again In Tashkent

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Alexander Morozevich took the sole lead with a score of 2/2 at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent with a superb win against Fabiano Caruana in the second round.

Caruana came unstuck in a rook endgame and was punished by accurate moves by Morozevich to earn a well deserved victory.

Despite some interesting play, all the other games in the second round ended in draws.

Alexander Morozevich won convincingly against Fabiano Caruana

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Gata Kamsky drew with Sergey Karjakin

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Peter Svidler and Boris Gelfand drew their game

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Wang Hao had an entertaining clash with Leinier Dominguez

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Peter Leko could gain no advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov was unable to break through against Ruslan Ponomariov

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The standings after 2 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2748 2
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2775
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2764 1
Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2751 1
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2741 1
Leko, Peter  HUN 2732 1
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2696 1
Wang, Hao  CHN 2737 1
Svidler, Peter  RUS 2747 1
Kamsky, Gata  USA 2762 ½
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786 ½
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2726 ½

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Games start at 14:00 local time in Tashkent (09:00 UTC) except the final round which is 2 hours earlier. Live video coverage and commentary is available at the official website.

The Tashkent Grand Prix Schedule

21/11/2012 Arrival & Opening
22/11/2012 Round 1
23/11/2012 Round 2
24/11/2012 Round 3
25/11/2012 Round 4
26/11/2012 Free Day
27/11/2012 Round 5
28/11/2012 Round 6
29/11/2012 Round 7
30/11/2012 Round 8
01/12/2012 Free Day
02/12/2012 Round 9
03/12/2012 Round 10
04/12/2012 Round 11 & Closing
05/12/2012 Departure

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The overall winner and runner-up of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix will qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.  Before then, we are due to have the 2013 Candidates in March 2013 in London, with the winner challenging Vishy Anand for the title in October/November 2013.

Photos from the official website.  Games via TWIC.

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