50th Capablanca Memorial: Coincidence and Joy

Jun 26, 2015, 11:18 AM |

It finished yesterday, but I thought I'd write something about it anyways since it seems Chess.com has yet to do so.

For those of you who do not already know, Yangyi Yu, the winner (on 7/10), is my countryman (by ancestry), of which I am very proud.

In second place (tied) were Pavel Elijanov and Dmitry Andreikin, each with 5.5/10.

I am somewhat surprised by the fact that the top seed, Leinier Dominguez, finished fourth out of the six players (with 4.5/10).

For some reason, I have come up with a peculiar little coincidence:

Leaving out his result from round 10 (a draw), Ian Nepomniachtchi finished with the same result as Magnus Carlsen at Norway Chess: four losses, three draws, and two wins. Of course, the orders don't match.

Nepom finished fifth with a score of 4/10, and at the bottom was the second Cuban, Lazaro Bruzon, with 3.5/10.

The event was a bit neglected as the chess world focused on the drama in Stavanger. Nonetheless, I was able to pick a favourite game (I didn't go through all the games move-by-move since I did this in about two minutes, and I know there probably was a better choice, but anyways...).

Overall, I found it an interesting event and a useful distraction, and I am quite happy with the result. :)