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44th Capablanca Memorial Tournament

Leinier Dominguez Perez6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Savchenko5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Georg Meier5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Igor Khenkin4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Artyom Timofeev4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games] Chess Event Description
44th Capablanca Memorial (2009)

The event was played at Havana from the 8th until the 18th of June. Local hero Leinier Dominguez Perez won for a 2nd time in a row (3rd title of the venue, overall) while Vassily Ivanchuk took a break from the tournament that year.

Next: Capablanca Memorial (2010)

Websites: , https://columnadeportiva.wordpress.... , , Wikipedia article: Capablanca Memorial

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Timofeev vs B Savchenko  ½-½25200944th Capablanca MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
2. Khenkin vs G Meier ½-½12200944th Capablanca MemorialD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½20200944th Capablanca MemorialC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. G Meier vs A Timofeev 1-029200944th Capablanca MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
5. L Dominguez vs Khenkin  ½-½53200944th Capablanca MemorialC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. L Bruzon Batista vs B Savchenko 0-140200944th Capablanca MemorialA33 English, Symmetrical
7. Khenkin vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½12200944th Capablanca MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
8. B Savchenko vs G Meier  ½-½54200944th Capablanca MemorialC10 French
9. A Timofeev vs L Dominguez 0-140200944th Capablanca MemorialA36 English
10. L Bruzon Batista vs G Meier  ½-½16200944th Capablanca MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. L Dominguez vs B Savchenko 1-073200944th Capablanca MemorialB56 Sicilian
12. Khenkin vs A Timofeev  ½-½37200944th Capablanca MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. G Meier vs L Dominguez  ½-½30200944th Capablanca MemorialA04 Reti Opening
14. A Timofeev vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½61200944th Capablanca MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. B Savchenko vs Khenkin  ½-½20200944th Capablanca MemorialB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
16. L Bruzon Batista vs L Dominguez ½-½14200944th Capablanca MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. B Savchenko vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½33200944th Capablanca MemorialD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
18. A Timofeev vs G Meier  ½-½36200944th Capablanca MemorialC10 French
19. Khenkin vs L Dominguez ½-½17200944th Capablanca MemorialD85 Grunfeld
20. L Bruzon Batista vs Khenkin  ½-½12200944th Capablanca MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
21. L Dominguez vs A Timofeev  ½-½43200944th Capablanca MemorialB33 Sicilian
22. G Meier vs B Savchenko ½-½10200944th Capablanca MemorialC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
23. A Timofeev vs Khenkin 1-038200944th Capablanca MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. B Savchenko vs L Dominguez  ½-½48200944th Capablanca MemorialA30 English, Symmetrical
25. G Meier vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½42200944th Capablanca MemorialA14 English
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  PhilFeeley: Good to see some of the games at last, although a 73% draw rate is pretty high, with too many very short ones.
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  visayanbraindoctor: Links any one?
Jun-14-09  bravado1: I'm not sure if this is the same event, but I think that the line-up was far stronger and diverse last year. Unless it's a different memorial than the one won by Ivanchuk last year.
Jun-14-09  jurado96: I got in from
but not live could'nt get live
good luck
Jun-14-09  larsen959: the only site (I think) is (official site of Cuban Chess Federation) but there is no live direct (there are only games in .pgn format) :-((
Jun-14-09  WhiteRook48: but Capablanca didn't die 44 years ago
Jun-14-09  GMNick: Come on Bruzon, are you trying to win or not?
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  visayanbraindoctor: <larsen959> Thanks. You are right though, no live games. That's a peculiar website. It must be the only official website of a Chess Federation (the CCF) that is named after a chessplayer.
Jun-15-09  Kaspablanca: No WhiteRook, Capablanca died in 1942.
Premium Chessgames Member We are missing some games temporarily; they will be uploaded as soon as they become available.
Jun-15-09  pulsar: Batista in? :)
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  Troller: <bravado1> It's the same event. The line-up is quite different from year to year, but the last two years have not been so strong. Ivanchuk won it 2005-06-07, but he didn't participate last year, where Dominguez won it ahead of Amonatov and Khenkin. Previous winners include Najdorf, Smyslov, Larsen, Andersson, Miles, Hübner & Leko (and of course Ivanchuk) as well as many other top players. But also some not that strong GMs such as Hebden and Garcia Palermo, so the strength of the tournament seems pretty uneven from year to year.

But running since 1962 and with these legends as former winners it is of course still a prestigious event.


Jun-15-09  waustad: Thanks cg. They've done a better job getting information out than last year. Didn't Fischer play via telex once, or was that some other event in Cuba?
Jun-15-09  dx9293: <waustad> Yes, Fischer played via telex at the 1965 event, finishing 2nd (can't remember if it was clear or shared) behind Smyslov.
Jun-16-09  jurado96: 1965 1v capablanca in memorian
smyslov 15 1/2
fisher 15
geller 15
ivkov 15
kotov 14 1/2
pachman 13
donner 12 1/2
robatch 12
bilek 11 1/2
parma 11
pietzsch 10 1/2
szabo 10 1/2
o'kelly 10
tringov 10
jimenez 9 1/2
ciocaltea 9
doda 8
lehmann 7 1/2
wade 7 1/2
cobo 5 1/2
g garcia 4
perez 4

fisher lost to smyslov, ivkoy and geller

Jun-17-09  waustad: 5 decisive games out of the first 25. There is coverage daily via: http://columnadeportiva.wordpress.c...
Jun-18-09  GMNick: I think this year's Capablanca Memorial has the dubious honour of being slightly less boring than Bosnia 2009.
Jun-18-09  GMNick: Sorry, now I look back at the Bosnia tournament, this one is MORE boring.
Jun-22-09  percyblakeney: <Come on Bruzon, are you trying to win or not?>

In 2005 Bruzon finished with an even score in Corus A, with Kramnik and Svidler 0.5 point ahead and behind. Nowadays he is showing less fighting spirit, and here he drew with white in 11, 12, 14 and 16 moves (and in 14 and 20 with black).

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  Troller: Yes, it's strange with Bruzon. Some years ago he seemed as talented as Dominguez (and maybe he is). But in this tournament - at least from the looks of it - he was more interested in getting the tournament over with than playing chess. I'm not against draws, but so many of them here were without any fight, marring the tournament.

I'm happy for Dominguez, though; even if this was not the strongest event he has played, and even if he did not exactly dominate the tournament, he went ahead and had the job done pretty convincingly.

Jun-24-09  percyblakeney: <Troller> At least Bruzon turned up for the final round for the first time in three years :-)
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