Morozevich Still Leads In Tashkent

Morozevich Still Leads In Tashkent

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Alexander Morozevich still leads the FIDE Tashkent Grand Prix with 3/4, but the chasing pack just half a point behind is getting bigger!

Fabiano Caruana won his second game in a row by beating Boris Gelfand, while Wang Hao piled on the misery for Gata Kamsky who has now lost 3 out of 4.

So Wang Hao and Caruana join Mamedyarov and Karjakin in second place with 2½/4.

One more decisive game in the fourth round came from Peter Svidler, who defeated Ruslan Ponomariov for his first win of the event.

Comeback kid Caruana has followed his 2nd round loss with two wins

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Wang Hao beat Gata Kamsky with the black pieces

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Peter Svidler (left) defeated Ruslan Ponomariov

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (left) and Alexander Morozevich at their post-match press conference

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Peter Leko (left) and Leinier Dominguez Perez discuss their game

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov (left) drew a short game with Sergey Karjakin

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The standings after round 4

Name Fed Elo Pts
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2748 3
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2764
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2775
Wang, Hao  CHN 2737
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2696 2
Svidler, Peter  RUS 2747 2
Leko, Peter  HUN 2732 2
Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2751
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2741
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2726
Kamsky, Gata  USA 2762 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 time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment after move 60.

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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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