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2012 Capablanca Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/3/12, 10:37 AM.

The 47th edition of the Capablanca Memorial tournament will take place between 4-14 May in Havana, Cuba. 

There will be an Elite 6-player double round-robin headed by last year's winner Vassily Ivanchuk, a 10-player single round-robin Premier, and two 10-round Swiss events.

The Elite games start at 15:00 local time (19:00 UTC) and 9 May is the only rest day. Cuba will be represented by Leinier Dominguez and Yuniesky Quesada.

The official site with coverage is here.

The full Elite line-up:

Name  Nat Elo 
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2764
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2725
Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS  2716
Laznicka, Viktor  CZE  2693
Potkin, Vladimir  RUS  2642
Quesada Perez, Yuniesky  CUB  2625
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The first Capablanca Memorial tournament was held in 1962 on the initiative of Che Guevara who funded the event, which was won by Miguel Najdorf.  In the 1965 event, Bobby Fischer famously played his moves by telex from the Marshall Chess Club in New York after he was refused a visa by the US government.

Fischer finished second in the tournament behind the former world champion Vassily Smyslov, despite winning their individual encounter.

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  • 2 years ago

    chichito

    lenier is not new to the 2700 + elo, hes been there 4 quite a long time between the top 20s to 30s best players in the wolrd....he  was actually the 2008 world chess blitz champion http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=66179 ....surely he does not belong to the elite but he can beat anybody...now after 3 rounds chuky( the favorite) and him are tied in the first place

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "What I understand from the elite: The hightest level achieved in the world, and that includes Anand, Topalov, Carlsen, Kramnik and Aronian at the moment. Maybe Ivanchuk too. These six players are at another level than the rest."

    I almost agree, but it is flattering to Topalov to say that he is on another level than for example Radjabov, Nakamura and Karjakin at the moment. His latest tournaments were Nanjing 2010 and Wijk 2012 and he was close to end up last in both. He more or less seems to have stopped playing lately and won't return to a top ten position anytime soon, he was a formidable player 2005-09 though.

    Otherwise I guess it depends on how many elite players one decides there are. I'd call players like Grischuk, Svidler and the recently mentioned trio elite players even if they aren't the same class as Carlsen, Aronian, Anand and Kramnik.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    This is the sixth time Ivanchuk plays this tournament and he has won it every single time he has participated (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). After two rounds he is already sole leader so maybe it will soon be six out of six.

  • 2 years ago

    Taoism

    Interesante torneo. Go Chucky!

  • 2 years ago

    pcpablo7

    go morovic////

  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    Philidor, "elite" wouldn't be my precise word to describe Dominguez either, yet at the same time I think one wouldn't be wrong to do so. I think it's rather harsh of you to understate the ability of a player of his strength like this -- his rating is 2725; this guy is hardly 100 points away from the absolute highest rating currently held -- he deserves more credit. I definitely consider that top. I just don't think 80 points should be thought of as light years in distance. Granted, the higher the level gets, the harder it is to win outright against other very strong players, so points acquired from 2700 onward may or may not have more significance than usual. I would agree though that 2600 players are indeed far from the top Smile

     

    Ok, rant concluded Smile

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ philidor_position - I agree (EDIT - I mean that the word "Elite" should be used with care). "Elite" is the term used by the organisers (not me) to distinguish the main event from the others, so they can call it what they like I suppose!  Wink

  • 2 years ago

    philidor_position

    I don't think the term "elite" could be applied to this line up at all. It's just a "strong" line up. What I understand from the elite: The hightest level achieved in the world, and that includes Anand, Topalov, Carlsen, Kramnik and Aronian at the moment. Maybe Ivanchuk too. These six players are at another level than the rest. For instance, Dominguez is absolutely not on the same level with Kramnik. He is not an elite player. He is in fact, hardly a "top player."

    Elite is a term that should be used with due care. Smile

  • 2 years ago

    Rumpelstiltskin

    Habana*

  • 2 years ago

    chichito

    bruzon was listed before ....dont know what happened....yeah chuky is phenomenal

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @RuralRob lol so true! :P

  • 2 years ago

    WilliamAthens

    where's Bruzon?

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    not too much competition for Ivanchuck, that is if he stays in form. Lenier is on a roll though so we'll see Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    chichito

    good luck to lenier, hopefuly he wins this one!!!!

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