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Capablanca Memorial (Elite) Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Kamil Miton5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista4/10(+0 -2 =8)[games]
Jesus Nogueiras4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2006)

The 41st Capablanca Memorial was a 6-player double round robin held from 21-30 November 2006 in Hotel Habana Riviera, Havana, Cuba. The event had to move from its normal dates in May/June because of the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006). The Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk won his 2nd title in a row by finishing with 6.5/10.

ChessBase report: ABC Color: Jaque 606 (pp. 16-19): TWIC:

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Ivanchuk 2741 ** 1 0 1 11 6 2 Bareev 2683 0 ** 1 1 1 01 6 3 Miton 2638 1 0 ** v 5 4 Dominguez 2655 0 ** 4 5 Bruzon 2648 0 0 ** 4 6 Nogueiras 2554 00 10 v ** 4

Category: XVII (2653). Chief arbiter: Josep Maria Benitez Delgado

The Open tournament was won by Walter Arencibia ahead of Fidel Corrales Jimenez, both with 7.5/10.

Previous: Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2005). Next: Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2007)

Other websites: 1) Wikipedia article: Capablanca Memorial, 2), 3), 4), 5)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Dominguez vs K Miton  ½-½462006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Bareev vs J Nogueiras 0-1552006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Ivanchuk vs L Bruzon Batista 1-0482006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. K Miton vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½172006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C45 Scotch Game
5. J Nogueiras vs Ivanchuk 0-1422006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A13 English
6. L Dominguez vs Bareev  ½-½182006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C18 French, Winawer
7. L Bruzon Batista vs J Nogueiras  ½-½342006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C11 French
8. Ivanchuk vs L Dominguez  ½-½232006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Bareev vs K Miton  ½-½442006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. K Miton vs J Nogueiras  ½-½362006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½362006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
12. Bareev vs Ivanchuk 0-1382006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Ivanchuk vs K Miton 0-1362006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. L Bruzon Batista vs Bareev ½-½262006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C11 French
15. J Nogueiras vs L Dominguez  ½-½132006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
16. L Bruzon Batista vs Ivanchuk  ½-½202006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
17. J Nogueiras vs Bareev  0-1692006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. K Miton vs L Dominguez  ½-½172006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. L Bruzon Batista vs K Miton  ½-½442006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
20. Ivanchuk vs J Nogueiras 1-0532006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Bareev vs L Dominguez  1-0582006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. J Nogueiras vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½162006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E17 Queen's Indian
23. L Dominguez vs Ivanchuk  ½-½252006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B07 Pirc
24. K Miton vs Bareev  0-1602006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. J Nogueiras vs K Miton  ½-½122006Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-08-06  BIDMONFA: Capablanca Memorial (2006)

Table championship

Dec-09-06  jaime gallegos: what a poor result by Dominguez, drawing a lot ( with Nogueiras on 13 moves twice !!! ) and losing against Bareev ...
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  PhilFeeley: An even poorer result for Bruzon. But then, I thought he had the higher rating. My mistake.
Dec-09-06  Inf: Bruzon is so OVERRATED.
Dec-10-06  Wild Bill: Bareev's comeback in the second half of the tournament was impressive. He was at the foot of the table with only a point and a half after five rounds and then took 4 out of the last five.
Dec-10-06  OneArmedScissor: Lazaro Bruzon... fulfilling his usual role as the whipping boy.
Dec-10-06  Whitehat1963: <Bruzon is so OVERRATED> L Bruzon vs Anand, 2006
Dec-10-06  OneArmedScissor: <whitehat1963>
one win over anand doesn't justify how overrated her is. What a sad attempt...
Dec-10-06  square dance: it makes no sense to call a player overrated since his rating is what it is because he earned it.
Dec-10-06  Whitehat1963: <What a sad attempt...> No, what's sad is that a college student who supposedly plays competitive chess doesn't understand how a chess rating is obtained. Please explain your justification for saying that Bruzon is "overrated." Then tell me what your statement says about how well statistics is taught at your school. Or perhaps you haven't taken that class yet?
Dec-10-06  Whitehat1963: Lazaro Bruzon Batista was born on the 2nd of May 1982 in Cuba, and began to compete internationally during his teenage years. In 2001 he became World Junior Champion and won the Lausanne Young Masters event ahead of future top-ten players Ruslan Ponomariov, Etienne Bacrot, and Levon Aronian, among others. In 2004 Bruzon entered FIDE's world top 100 in ratings by winning the B-group of the Corus Chess Tournament at Wijk aan Zee. He also became Cuban Champion in 2004, and that fall he scored 8.5/11 on second board at the Calvia Olympiad, recording a 2771 performance rating.

Bruzon's steady rating gains continued into 2005, when he made an even score at the Corus Chess Tournament (2005) against an average opposition rated well over 2700. Other successes that year included a second consecutive Cuban Championship and the American Continental Championship (2005).

Clearly overrated, indeed!

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  technical draw: <Whitehat> Eres Cubano, no?
Dec-10-06  Whitehat1963: Si, porque?
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  technical draw: Nada, solo adivinando. Saludos.
Dec-10-06  Whitehat1963: Y usted?
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  technical draw: No soy Cubano, pero mis origenes son parte del misterio del anonimato.
Dec-15-06  OneArmedScissor: <Whitehat1963>
I never said he was overrated.
You offer one game for justification for, I assume, how good he is. If you want justification for my point, look at his poor, at best, preformances in numerous tournaments.
Dec-15-06  OneArmedScissor: <it makes no sense to call a player overrated since his rating is what it is because he earned it.> Isn't it possible to have an inflated rating by beating up on lower rated players? An example of this can be seen with the American guy who was ranked 2nd in the U.S. by beating up on lower ranked guys in prison (can't remember his name).
Dec-15-06  code13: Yes Claude Bloodgood (you can check him out on the player directory) who attained a 2700 plus rating beating casual players within his prison. Bloodgood himself said this was a flaw due to "closed pool sampling". There is also a thread on the Susan Polgar page about a USCF bigwig allegedly getting himself a master title by submitting results of tournaments against is casual player friends and acquaintances.

All Elo ratings are just an estimate, even Prof Elo would have said that.

Dec-17-06  Whitehat1963: <You offer one game for justification for, I assume, how good he is.> No, not justification. That I provided in copying his bio info. Nevertheless, if I were to beat Anand in a game with classical time controls (or any, frankly), I'd be shouting from the rooftops! My point is that if he is good enough to beat Anand in the odd game, become world junior champion, score above the likes of Ponomariov, Aronian and Bacrot in a tournament and win the B-group at Wijk aan Zee, then he can't possibly be overrated. But you want to defend the fool who made that claim?

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