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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 1: Morozevich, Karjakin Begin with Wins

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The opening ceremony of the 2nd stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place at the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 21st of November. The event was attended FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Deputy Prime-Minister of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov, the Chairperson of Fund Forum's Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova and other eminent guests. The organizers of the Tashkent tournament include FIDE (the World Chess Federation) in collaboration with Agon, the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan and Fund Forum.

The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of 12 dolls with a number. 

The tournament will be held from November 22 to December 4, with each round scheduled to start at 2 pm local time (10 a.m. European time) at the Gallery of Fine Art. The players will have twwo days of days off on November 26 and December 1. Average rating of event is 2747.1 based on November 2012 list. The second leg of the Grand Prix series hosts a very strong event with 12 of the World's strongest Grandmasters including two former World Champions - Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

The first round was held on Thursday. Alexander Morozevich and Sergey Karjakin began with a nice win over Gata Kamsky and Leinier Dominguez Perez.

Round 01
Alexander Morozevich - Gata Kamsky 1-0
Boris Gelfand - Peter Leko ½-½
Fabiano Caruana - Peter Svidler ½-½
Leinier Dominguez Perez - Sergey Karjakin 0-1
Ruslan Ponomariov - Hao Wang ½-½
Shakriyar Mamedyarov - Rustam Kasimdzhanov ½-½

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