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42nd Capablanca Memorial Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Vugar Gashimov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Walter Arencibia4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Yuniesky Quesada Perez4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Kamil Miton3.5/8(+1 -2 =5)[games]
Jesus Nogueiras3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista3/8(+0 -2 =6)[games]
Neuris Delgado Ramirez2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games] Chess Event Description
42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)

Vassily Ivanchuk won his 3rd Capablanca memorial championship title in a row by finishing with 7/9 points. The event took place from the 18th until the 28th of May at Havana.

Previous: Capablanca Memorial (2006)

Website: Wikipedia article: Capablanca Memorial

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Nogueiras vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½14200742nd Capablanca MemorialE17 Queen's Indian
2. L Bruzon Batista vs V Gashimov  ½-½26200742nd Capablanca MemorialD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
3. P H Nielsen vs Ivanchuk 0-131200742nd Capablanca MemorialE10 Queen's Pawn Game
4. W Arencibia vs K Miton  ½-½80200742nd Capablanca MemorialC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. N Delgado Ramirez vs L Dominguez  ½-½45200742nd Capablanca MemorialB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. W Arencibia vs N Delgado Ramirez 1-024200742nd Capablanca MemorialB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. Y Quesada Perez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½10200742nd Capablanca MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
8. K Miton vs V Gashimov  ½-½17200742nd Capablanca MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
9. L Dominguez vs P H Nielsen 1-040200742nd Capablanca MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Ivanchuk vs J Nogueiras 1-029200742nd Capablanca MemorialA13 English
11. V Gashimov vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½52200742nd Capablanca MemorialB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. L Bruzon Batista vs Ivanchuk 0-137200742nd Capablanca MemorialB30 Sicilian
13. J Nogueiras vs L Dominguez  ½-½23200742nd Capablanca MemorialD85 Grunfeld
14. P H Nielsen vs W Arencibia 1-033200742nd Capablanca MemorialA25 English
15. N Delgado Ramirez vs K Miton  ½-½42200742nd Capablanca MemorialB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. K Miton vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½53200742nd Capablanca MemorialE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Ivanchuk vs V Gashimov ½-½16200742nd Capablanca MemorialE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½10200742nd Capablanca MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
19. W Arencibia vs J Nogueiras  ½-½10200742nd Capablanca MemorialD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. N Delgado Ramirez vs P H Nielsen  ½-½13200742nd Capablanca MemorialB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
21. V Gashimov vs L Dominguez  ½-½30200742nd Capablanca MemorialB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. P H Nielsen vs K Miton  ½-½35200742nd Capablanca MemorialA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. Y Quesada Perez vs Ivanchuk ½-½21200742nd Capablanca MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. J Nogueiras vs N Delgado Ramirez  ½-½13200742nd Capablanca MemorialE16 Queen's Indian
25. L Bruzon Batista vs W Arencibia 0-139200742nd Capablanca MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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May-24-07  chessmoron: Vassily Ivanchuk really need this and hopefully he gained a bit of points here. My God, he is dropping points crazy.
May-24-07  chessmoron: 72% Drawfest.
May-24-07  Knight13: Cool nice to see my favorite player FINALLY winning a freakin' tournament!
May-24-07  Dr.Lecter: <chessmoron> But Ivanchuk is getting a bit old, like Short is, to be playing with the real top guys, like Kramnik, Topalov, or Anand. I'm pretty sure he can win a bit weaker tourneys easily, though. I'd like to see Ivanchuk winning more super-tournaments, cause I'm fond of him, too.
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  keypusher: <Dr.Lecter: <chessmoron> But Ivanchuk is getting a bit old, like Short is, to be playing with the real top guys, like Kramnik, Topalov, or Anand.> Ivanchuk is about six months older than Anand.
May-24-07  Dr.Lecter: Oh, really? I thought he was way older than that. Never mind, than. Take out Anand from my list.
May-25-07  Chess Classics: Jeez, no wonder Ivanchuk is winning this tournament. I mean, look at the competition. I haven't even heard of any of the others except for Kamil Miton.


May-25-07  BIDMONFA: 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)

Round 6, leader Vassily Ivanchuk 5 points

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  JointheArmy: <chessmoron> How many points is Ivanchuk going to lose next list? Also Bruzon needs this not Ivanchuk, he's down to 2620 already.
May-25-07  Knight13: I don't thinK Ivanchuk's gonna lose ANY points in this tournament unless he gets blown off by a 2500 or something.
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  keypusher: <Dr. Lecter> <Oh, really? I thought he was way older than that. Never mind, than. Take out Anand from my list.>

Does this mean Anand will be too old to play against Kramnik and Topalov starting six months from now?

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  ganso: It's surprising that Bruzon is at the bottom. He and Dominguez are strong, about 2660, tops among the Cuban players.
May-25-07  Mameluk: Dominguez is much better last year or two.
May-25-07  percyblakeney: Bruzon has a bad sequence in the Capablanca Memorial after +0 -2 =8 last year and +0 -2 =4 at the moment in this edition.
May-26-07  BIDMONFA: 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)

Round 7, leader Vassily Ivanchuk 5'5 points

May-26-07  savagerules: What a weak tournament to honor Capablanca, they should call it the Ricky Ricardo Memorial Tournament instead.
May-26-07  technical draw: "You have some splaining to do Lucy, uh, savagerules"...
May-26-07  IMDONE4: Ivanchuk's competition in this tournament wasn't weak; Most players were rated in the mid to high 2600s. Anyways, congrats Ivanchuk on winning the tourney.
May-26-07  Caissanist: I believe that the tournament still has two rounds to go.
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  ganso: Looks like Dominguez and Ivanchuk played a 15 move draw in round 6 or so. Dominguez earlier played an even shorter draw with Bruzon. No comprendo, given Dominguez's mediocre results in tournament. I guess he's given up and is happy with a +1 (but he shouldn't be!).
May-26-07  Dr.Lecter: <keypusher> OMG! You're driving me crazy. OK. Let me clarify. I think Anand is a real good player and has a chance in winning any tourney, just as much as Topa or Vlad. BUT, I think he might be becoming too old to participate in big tournaments in 2-3 years. Ivanchuk, an exception, because he seems to have nervous problems or something, and maybe, just maybe, can't concentrate as much as other players. Possible explanation: Age.

Hope I was clear this time around

May-27-07  BIDMONFA: 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)

Round 8, champion Vassily Ivanchuk 6'5 points

May-27-07  percyblakeney: After Ivanchuk's win in round 8 he has won the tournament with one round to go and will at the moment gain around a dozen points.
May-27-07  Mameluk: Ivanchuk gains some points from here, bundesliga and russian liga. What can be his next rating? My experienced guess is around 2755, which may not be enough for top 5 but pretty close to No. 2.
May-27-07  Wolfgang01: What's more interesting to me: Why does Vassily Ivanchuk not play with the candidates tournament? There are at last two to four players obviously with a lower rating than his. Vassily will also have his reasons.
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