Strong start by Ivanchuk on Cuba

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hotel Habana RivieraVassily Ivanchuk is showing his class at the Capablanca Memorial, taking place this week in Havana. In the 6 player double round robin with also Evgeny Bareev, Kamil Miton, Jesus Nogueiras, Lenier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon he tops the field with 3,5 points after 4 rounds.

Ivanchuk at the Turin OlympiadNormally the Capablanca Memorial is played during the spring, but because of the Turin Olympiad it's now taking place 19-30 November in hotel Habana Riviera in the Cuban capital.

Ivanchuk's second round game had a nice finish. His opponent, Jesus Nogueiras, had entered the tournament at the last minute after Ruben Felgaer had cancelled his participation because of personal reasons (like Morozevich at Corus).

Nogueiras is an experienced player who can play some chess; in the first round he immediately beat Bareev. Ivanchuk was a bit too strong however.

Nogueiras-Ivanchuk Capablamca mem 2006

'Free pawns should run.' This one by Yermolinsky does apply over here: 39...c3! 40. Bg4 Rxh4+! 41. gxh4 c2 42. Bxe2 d2 0-1.

Standingss after four rounds: 1. Ivanchuk (2741) 3,5 2-4. Dominguez (2655), Miton (2638), Nogueiras (2554) 2,0 5. Bruzon (2648) 1,5 6. Bareev (2683) 1,0

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