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|May-04-12|| ||PhilFeeley: Odd to be the first. I've always liked Ivanchuk at this event.|
|May-05-12|| ||cbpatzer: Official website: http://www.capablanca.co.cu/
Live games: http://es.chessdom.com/2012/capabla...
|May-05-12|| ||smaragdus: Why has Bruzón been replaced by Quesada?|
|May-05-12|| ||wordfunph: smaragdus,
<Cuban Lazaro Bruzon, who just broke the 2700 barrier, but who withdrew for personal reasons.>
|May-05-12|| ||smaragdus: <wordfunph>
|May-05-12|| ||Blunderdome: What time do the rounds start?|
|May-05-12|| ||Blunderdome: Too bad they didn't get Bruzon, I guess the average rating would have been over 2700 then.|
|May-05-12|| ||14DogKnight: is the final position of Potkin-Nepomniachtchi at chessdom.com correct? According to them Potkin hung his queen with 28 Qe6|
|May-05-12|| ||galdur: Great job by Ivanchuk vs. Dominguez
52. f4 Black resigned
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|May-05-12|| ||MindCtrol9: This Capablanca in Memoriam has been dominated by Ivanchuck showing his strenth.I would like to wash this tournament live.I personally,like Dominguez style.I really can't say too much about him,but I like his games.Perhaps he is the best in Cuba after the inmortal Jose Raul Capablanca.|
|May-05-12|| ||twinlark: How immaculate is that, creating an unstoppable mate with such sparse material near the centre of the board?|
|May-06-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: A very pretty mate by Ivanchuk indeed!|
|May-06-12|| ||siggemannen: I think 52... Bf8 saves black from immediate mate, but of course it's losing :)|
|May-06-12|| ||Benjamin1981: Ivanchuks combination all the way from 45. Rh8+ to 52. f4 is very beautiful and puzzle worthy. I guess it is not as impressive as a 8 move combination would seem at first because material is so sparse but still very beautiful.|
|May-06-12|| ||twinlark: <52...Bf8> does prevent the mate of course, but as you say, <siggemannen>, it loses.|
|May-06-12|| ||Eti fan: The real reazon for Bruzon leving the competition is cited back Apr 30 here http://es.chessdom.com/2012/bruzon-... stating not only personal reasons, but some agreement it seems.|
But still he will play the national championship starting in just few days.
|May-06-12|| ||Bibliophage: Capablanca's tournament; players from non-communist countries need not apply.|
|May-06-12|| ||King Death: <Bibliophage> What, do you really think most players would want to play in Cuba if they could? Awhile back I read a report from Baburin where he said that the conditions in an event he played in Havana were miserable. Of course it might be a little bit better for these ~2700 players than for the 2500-2600s.|
|May-06-12|| ||twinlark: <Bibliophage>
Ivanchuk, Potkin, Nepomniachtchi and Laznicka come from communist countries?
|May-06-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: Ivanchuk keeps coming back to this tournament and he's a player who can pick and choose. Cuba's doing something right.|
|May-07-12|| ||Check It Out: Maybe Ivanchuk has a Cuban sweetie, and I do mean cigars!|
|May-07-12|| ||Troller: I've talked to several people (Westeners!) who were very happy with Cuban chess tournaments. The main problem is that the average Cuban chessplayer is heavily underrated, as he/she will only play in Cuba. So if you go there to play sub-2500 local players, expect to drop some rating points.|
Generally, standards are not like in the West of course, frequent blackouts etc, but then life is lived somewhat slower than in the West.
Often they also have an interesting field in the top group here; we see the top-12 playing each other often enough in Bazna, Wijk, Tal Memorial, London etc.
|May-07-12|| ||Caissanist: Bruzón's withdrawal came less than a week before the start of the tournament, the official press release cited "personal reasons that would impede him from engaging in the tournament with aspirations for a good result". He seems to suffer badly from nervousness in general and in this tournament in particular, where he has done terribly three of the last four times he participated; so, this is not too surprising.|
|May-07-12|| ||Bibliophage: My intent was to point out that the embargo on Cuba affects the organizers player selection somewhat. I would go so far to say that the embargo also causes the economic conditions mentioned in posts above and prevents the Cuban players from chess opportunities outside Cuba.|
I stand by my statement; the 6 players in the elite group were all born in communist countries. Soviet Union dissolved in '91 and Nepo was born in '90. Czech republic and the Ukraine were part of Warsaw pact.
Only Communist bloc countries have the good relations with Cuba necessary for their players to accept an invitation to Capablanca's tournament.
I'd like to see someone up there besides Ivanchuk win. He's won 5 times in the last 7 years.
|May-07-12|| ||Troller: <Only Communist bloc countries have the good relations with Cuba necessary for their players to accept an invitation to Capablanca's tournament.> Huh? Short played there in 2010, Meier in 2009, Nielsen in 2007 to mention a few. I think Tony Miles won it a number of times as well.|
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