So Wins Capablanca Memorial After Second-Half Snooze Fest

So Wins Capablanca Memorial After Second-Half Snooze Fest

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
May 20, 2014, 2:01 AM |
21 | Chess Event Coverage

Wesley So won the 2014 Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba with a score of 6.5/10. In the final three rounds the 20-year-old Pinoy grandmaster won a game and drew two to finish a point clear of Lazaro Bruzon. Especially in the second half a number of uninspiring draws were seen in Havana.

In our second report the drawing percentage (then 71.4%) was mentioned and suddenly two of the three games in round 8 were decided! However, with six draws in rounds 9 and 10 the final result was 22 draws out of 30 games (73.3%). The way some of these draws came about was even less exciting, so let's focus on that eighth round, which decided everything.

Wesley So was half a point ahead of Leinier Domiguez and defeated his closest rival in the individual encounter:

The name in second place changed from one Cuban to another as Lazaro Bruzon beat Paco Vallejo: 

Vassily Ivanchuk came close against Zoltan Almasi, but in the end the five-times winner would leave Havana without a single victory:

Capablanca Memorial 2014 | Final Standings
# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 So,Wesley 2731 2826 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½1 ½½ 6.5/10
2 Bruzon,Lazaro 2682 2763 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ ½1 ½½ 5.5/10
3 Dominguez,Leinier 2768 2712 ½0 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ 5.0/10
4 Almasi,Zoltan 2693 2692 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½0 4.5/10 22.00
5 Vallejo,Francisco 2700 2691 ½0 ½1 phpfCo1l0.png 4.5/10 21.25
6 Ivanchuk,Vassily 2753 2645 ½½ ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png 4.0/10

Wesley So | Photo María del Carmen Ramón / Cubahora

The 2014 Capablanca Memorial took place at the Habana Riviera hotel in Havana, Cuba. Round reports in Spanish can be found at columnadeportivaphpfCo1l0.png


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