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Karjakin & Caruana Lead In Tashkent

Karjakin & Caruana Lead In Tashkent

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Sergey Karjakin defeated the early leader Alexander Morozevich in round 7 of the Tashkent Grand Prix to take the lead.

Morozevich was struggling to hold on for a draw in a rook endgame, when he erred with 52...Rc7+?? which allowed Karjakin to answer with the brilliant 53. Rc6!!

Morozevich played on, but the results was never in doubt after that stunning move.

Sharing the lead at the top of the standings is Fabiano Caruana who defeated Leinier Dominguez with the black pieces in the only other decisive game of the day.

Sergey Karjakin deposed the early leader Alexander Morozevich

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Leinier Dominguez lost to Fabiano Caruana to lie last in the standings

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Wang Hao and Peter Svidler drew their game

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Rustam Kasimdzhanov drew with Peter Leko

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Ruslan Ponomariov drew his game against Boris Gelfand

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew with Gata Kamsky

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The standings after round seven

Name Fed Elo Pts
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2775
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2786
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2764 4
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2696 4
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2748 4
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2741
Svidler, Peter  RUS 2747
Leko, Peter  HUN 2732
Wang, Hao  CHN 2737
Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2751
Kamsky, Gata  USA 2762
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2726 2


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.


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


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 by Anastasiya Karlovich and Bakhtiyor Jiyanov at the official website.  Games via TWIC.

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