2012 Capablanca Memorial

2012 Capablanca Memorial

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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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