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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix 2012 Round 4: Morozevich Leads

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Hi everyone,

Svidler on his way to beating Ponomariov in Tashkent.

Four rounds have been played at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. The fourth round witnessed the maximum number of decisive games so far - three! But, the draws have not been without a fight. The rating favorite of the tournament Fabiano Caruana managed to win his second game in a row whilst Wang Hao outplayed Gata Kamsky in the deep endgame and Peter Svidler won his first game in the tournament against former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov. The main game of the fourth round was clearly between the sole leader of the tournament Alexander Morozevich and the in-form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was in second place, and ultimately finished in a draw. As a result, Morozevich still keeps leading with half a point ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao and Fabiano Caruana.

The third round witnessed two decisive games. Fabiano Caruana outplayed Gata Kamsky and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Peter Svidler. Chinese player Wang Hao was very close to gain the first victory in the tournament but failed to find the winning idea in the opposite color bishops endgame. Alexander Morozevich made a draw against Boris Gelfand and keeps leading in the tournament. You can replay the Morozevich-Caruana game with Chess King.

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