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Almasi & So Tied for First After Three Rounds at Capablanca Memorial

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 5/11/14, 5:28 AM.

The Capablanca Memorial is underway in Havana, Cuba and after three rounds GMs Zoltan Almasi of Hungary and Wesley So of the Philippines are in shared first place in the Elite Group. They have both scored one win and two draws. The tournament is held for the 49th time.

The 2014 Capablanca Memorial is again taking place at the Habana Riviera hotel, located on the famous Malecón. The broad esplanade, roadway and seawall along the coast in Havana is still the iconic place where tourists stroll, fishermen cast their lures and prostitutes find their clients.

Each day, in the Salón Internacional of the hotel, three games are played in the Elite Group (a 6-player double round robin with Leinier Dominguez, Vassily Ivanchuk, Wesley So, Paco Vallejo, Zoltan Almasi, and Lazaro Bruzon) and another five in the Premier Group (a round robin with Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez, Emilio  Cordova, Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Bator Sambuev, Yusnel Bacallao Alonso, Sebastian Bogner, Carlos Antonio Hevia Alejano, Yasser Quesada Perez, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, and Danyyil Dvirnyy).

At the opening ceremony. R-L Dominguez, his wife, Almasi, Vallejo, Ivanchuk | Photo María del Carmen Ramón / Cubahora 

Already in the first round the two top seeds of the Elite Group faced each other: five times winner Vassily Ivanchuk and Cuba's number one (and world #10) Leinier Dominguez. The Ukrainian went for the Open variation of the Ruy Lopez but Dominguez is too much of a theoretician to be surprised by something like that. He kept the advantage well into the endgame, but Ivanchuk didn't make any big mistakes.

So vs Bruzon and Vallejo vs Almasi were also undecided, and in the second round two more games ended in draws: Almasi-Dominguez and Bruzon-Ivanchuk. Wesley grabbed the lead with a win over Paco Vallejo in a Berlin Endgame. It seems that the Spanish GM was close to draw just before the end.

Wesley So | Photo María del Carmen Ramón / Cubahora

In the third round there were again two (fighting) draws: Vallejo-Bruzon, and Dominguez-So. The game of the day was Ivanchuk-Almasi where the Ukrainian went for an interesting, long-term sacrifice which in fact had been played once before. Ivanchuk played the attack better than Zelcic in 2001, but in the end the sac is probably not correct. But it took amazing defensive skills by Almasi to prove it! The Hungarian thus caught So in first place.

It was only Ivanchuk's third loss in all Capablanca Memorials together (+28 –3 =33)!

After an early loss, can Chuky do it again in Havana? | Photo María del Carmen Ramón / Cubahora

Capablanca Memorial 2014 | Round 3 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 So,Wesley 2731 2837 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.50
2 Almasi,Zoltan 2693 2860 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.25
3 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2768 2726 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/3 2.50
4 Bruzon Batista,Lazaro 2682 2728 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.00
5 Vallejo Pons,Francisco 2700 2582 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.75
6 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2753 2594 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/3 1.50

Each day the rounds start at 3pm local time (3 pm Eastern, noon Pacific, 9pm Central European). You can follow the games live here. Round reports in Spanish can be found at columnadeportiva.

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  • 3 months ago

    bagani

    Wesly So wins 49th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tourney!!!

    Go Wesly Go!!!

  • 3 months ago

    bagani

    please up-date us the capablanca tournament  tnx!

  • 3 months ago

    albatrosses

    The question is, how does GM So feel about representing his country? I hear that he wants to change his federation to the US or Canada because this benefits his chess more.

  • 3 months ago

    Jhorwin

    @cimzowitsch,

    No not me. I'm a filipino but I do not agree about my countrymens way of admiration. Crying PROUD about a particulary race sounds Racist to me that's why that annoying "Proud to be Filipino" phrase provokes flames in every forum on the net. Race should NOT matter and for that I have a better idea to my fellow pinoys.  MABUHAY PILIPINAS! sounds less harmful.

  • 3 months ago

    cimzowitsch

    @chessrazor:The stupid envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.,,,mind ur own f,,,kng business,,leave them alone

  • 3 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Not sure that Lawrence Trent is playing in Cuba jhillary...would of thought if he was he would have been in the Premier Group, results of which you can check here»»»http://torneocapablanca.inder.cu/resultados_premier.php

  • 3 months ago

    jopisces

    nice games wesley... you can win this tournament 

  • 3 months ago

    jocelasi

    thanks for posting.  

  • 3 months ago

    chassrazor

    brace yourselves, Proud to pe Filipino comments are coming.

  • 3 months ago

    jhillary

    Peter,

    Have you noticed how Lawrence Trent is making out? 

    Lawrence said (on the air during Shamkir) that he had hopes of getting his third (I think it was) GM Norm at the Capablanca.  We can't find any results on the web, making us wonder if the CIA is jamming Cuban websites.

  • 3 months ago

    chikenalong

    lenier beat vallejo today 5/11/14 and has the lead shared with almasi, chucky draw, I noticed that lenier is #10 and crossed 2770 for the very first time in his carrer. at his 30+ Is he really getting better or it is just inflation in the ratings? 

  • 3 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    The "Chess reporter" here: Finally, we caught up with our guy, on the other side of the world; in Cuba. Its Chucky! Man its always good to see you, attempting to humor us again and again, by putting fun back into the game of chess. Good luck Chucky, and lets have some more fun like you did at the Railway Open.

    Ivanchuk is gearing up for something "BIG!" It's anyones guess here. Yet, this reporter believes it's Carlsen he craves: before he retires. He wants to crack Carlsen's chess memory, several times over. For chucky, its always the challenge of his personal quest that he races after - against his time clock. He's not revealing his state of affairs at this juncture. We'll have to wait and see in his one on one, interviews coming soon. He ranks (#15) on the FIDE listing of the worlds top chess players; and he's very hungry for more tournament victories. Don't believe otherwise. Cool  Peace out!...chess fans.

  • 3 months ago

    TomHaegin

    @Peter  Thank you for rectifying re Sebastian!  I'm following his tournament, that's why I noticed.  Smile

    Too bad that they only transmit the games of the Elite group live. And even this is technically a bit unstable. Chessbomb and Chess Arena both are very whacky and laggy tonight (Sunday 05/11).

  • 3 months ago

    cheech1981

    I guess this doesn't matter much, but just to clarify the discussion in the thread, under way is written as two words in the adverb form in both US English and British English. You might be able to find a dictionary that disagrees, but Webster's unabridged (or Merriam-Webster) is the preferred dictionary for most major editorial styles in the US (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA, AMA), and I believe Oxford is the standard in BrE. 

  • 3 months ago

    PeterDoggers

    @TomHaegin Thx, I made a mistake with commas; I've corrected the list of the Premier Group now.

  • 3 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    @the_aleph;

    It's optional, one word or two......

    un·der·way
    ˌəndərˈwā/
    adverb
     
    1. 1.
      having started and in progress; being done or carried out.
      "the remodeling should be underway by July"
    2. 2.
      (of a boat) moving through the water.
      "the ship was so huge and silent, I hadn't realized we had gotten underway"

     

    As in "Chucky's comeback is not underway yet."

  • 3 months ago

    titust

    Cool!

  • 3 months ago

    the_aleph

    "Under way" is two words.

  • 3 months ago

    zenomorphy

    Very nice Peter. Thx! Still pulling for Chucky! Not convinced in Round 3, as neither was Almasi :), about 14.Nf6+. I think the immediate 17...d5 and later 22...Be3! & 23...c5 saved the day, for the inevitable long diagonal opening. One is left with the impression, as it really appears Almasi calculated accurately having seen much of this far in advance, ...thus allowing 24...Rxe7 25. fxe7+ Bd4 interposition. One can also feel that Chucky had experienced success with this (perhaps informally, OTB) and played it with confidence. That game exhibits a wonderful "fighting spirit of chess" of Capablanca's (pre-engine) day, in both players! Fun stuff! Thx Peter!

  • 3 months ago

    Ishan01

    wow

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