Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead
In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.
With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.
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Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2
In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.
Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.
Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2
Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.
Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.
White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.
Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2
This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.
After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.
Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.
Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2
The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.
A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.
Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.
White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.
Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2
A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.
The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.
White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.
After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.
Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2
A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.
But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.
At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.
After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.
Round 3 results
1 - 0
½ - ½
½ - ½
0 - 1
½ - ½
1 - 0
Round 3: three decisive games
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.
Round 2 results
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2
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Round 1 results
Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix
Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn.
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
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The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.
The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.
The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.
Round 1 pairings:SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7
First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.
The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)
Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/