Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 9: Sergey Karjakin in Lead
Nine rounds have been played at the Tashkent Chess Grand Prix. In the seventh round, tournament leader Alexander Morozevich unexpectedly lost in the equal rook ending against his compatriot Sergey Karjakin. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was luckier as he managed to make a draw in a slightly worse rook endgame against Kamsky. The game could have ended on favor of American player but he missed his winning chance in the critical moment. Fabiano Caruana defeated Lenier Dominguez to take the lead together with Sergey Karjakin. Both leaders will face each other tomorrow in the eighth round.
In the eighth round, five out of six games finished in a draw. The only decisive result happened in the game Kamsky-Leko. THe Hungarian player managed to win the first game in the tournament after seven draws. Before the second free day (1st of December) the situation in the tournament didn’t change significantly – Caruana and Karjakin maintained the lead with five out of eight points. Alexander Morozevich, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Peter Leko were half a point behind.
In the ninth round, only one game was decisive – Wang Hao managed to outplay one of the leaders Fabiano Caruana. Sergey Karjakin has become the sole leader with two rounds to go. The group of players including Alexander Morozevich, Fabiano Caruana, Wang Hao, Rustam Kasimdzanov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Peter Leko are half a point behind the leader.
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