Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix Underway

Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix Underway

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The second FIDE Grand Prix of the 2012/13 series got underway in Tashkent today with first round wins for Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Morozevich.

Sergey Karjakin impressively outplayed Leinier Dominguez with the black pieces, while Alexander Morozevich put his recent poor form behind him by beating Gata Kamsky.

Morozevich's American opponent was faring well until his disastrous slip with 34...Rg6?? ended the game suddenly.

Sergey Karjakin started with an impressive win

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Alexander Morozevich (left) won a fierce clash with Gata Kamsky

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Fabiano Caruana drew with Peter Svidler

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Ruslan Ponomariov drew his game with Wang Hao

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Boris Gelfand let a good position slip against Peter Leko

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FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov made the first move between Mamedyarov and Kasimdzhanov

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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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