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Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 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]
Yuniesky Quesada Perez4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Kamil Miton4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Walter Arencibia Rodriguez4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen4/9(+1 -2 =6)[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
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2007)

The 42nd Capablanca Memorial was a 10-player round robin held from 18-28 May 2007 in Hotel Neptuno-Tritón, Havana, Cuba. Rest days: May 23 and 27. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from the start. Vassily Ivanchuk won his 3rd title in a row by finishing with 7.5/9.

ABC Color report: Chess-Results: TWIC:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Ivanchuk 2729 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 7½ 2 Dominguez 2678 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5½ 3 Gashimov 2644 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ 4 Quesada 2541 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4½ 5 Miton 2653 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 + ½ 4½ 6 Arencibia 2555 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 4½ 7 Nielsen 2649 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 4 8 Nogueiras 2552 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 9 Bruzon 2620 0 ½ ½ ½ - 0 ½ ½ * ½ 3 10 Delgado 2547 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2½

Category: XV (2617). Chief arbiter: Serafin Chuit Perez. Bruzon vs Miton (Round 10) was apparently not played.

The Open tournament was won by Csaba Horvath ahead of Diasmany Otero Acosta, both with 7.5/9.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bruzon Batista vs V Gashimov  ½-½262007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
2. J Nogueiras vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½142007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E17 Queen's Indian
3. N Delgado Ramirez vs L Dominguez  ½-½452007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. P H Nielsen vs Ivanchuk 0-1312007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Arencibia Rodriguez vs K Miton  ½-½802007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Ivanchuk vs J Nogueiras 1-0292007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A13 English
7. L Dominguez vs P H Nielsen 1-0402007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. K Miton vs V Gashimov  ½-½172007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C42 Petrov Defense
9. Y Quesada Perez vs Bruzon Batista  ½-½102007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C42 Petrov Defense
10. Arencibia Rodriguez vs N Delgado Ramirez 1-0242007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. Bruzon Batista vs Ivanchuk 0-1372007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B30 Sicilian
12. V Gashimov vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½522007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. J Nogueiras vs L Dominguez  ½-½232007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D85 Grunfeld
14. P H Nielsen vs Arencibia Rodriguez 1-0332007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A25 English
15. N Delgado Ramirez vs K Miton  ½-½422007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. K Miton vs Y Quesada Perez  ½-½532007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. Ivanchuk vs V Gashimov ½-½162007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. L Dominguez vs Bruzon Batista ½-½102007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C67 Ruy Lopez
19. Arencibia Rodriguez vs J Nogueiras  ½-½102007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. N Delgado Ramirez vs P H Nielsen  ½-½132007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
21. V Gashimov vs L Dominguez  ½-½302007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. P H Nielsen vs K Miton  ½-½352007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
23. Y Quesada Perez vs Ivanchuk ½-½212007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Bruzon Batista vs Arencibia Rodriguez 0-1392007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. J Nogueiras vs N Delgado Ramirez  ½-½132007Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E16 Queen's Indian
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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.
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  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.
May-28-07  Karpova: <Wolfgang01>
Yes, he has a reason - he did not qualify. Here's an article about the qualification process:

<If you are Vassily Ivanchuk, then you probably bitterly regret not being rated one point higher on either the July 2004 or January 2005 rating lists, because that would have been enough to move you ahead of Bacrot on the “reserve” rating list. Instead, you had to finish in the top ten at Khanty-Mansyisk (not counting Shirov or Bacrot). Since you were knocked out early, your best bet at this point is probably for either Kasimjanov, Leko, Adams, Polgar, Shirov, or Bacrot to go on paternity/maternity leave and withdraw from the matches, in which case you would take their place based on your rating (as long as Kasparov and Kramnik do both decline to play).>

May-28-07  khan2003: the selection for the candidates tournament is not perfect at all. For example, Radjabov, Mamedyarov and Ivanchuk are much stronger than the majority of "candidates"...
May-28-07  khan2003: as far as the Capablanca memorial participants is concerned - Vugar Gashimov might actually challenge Ivanchuk had he be more aggressive in the number of his games here. V.Gashimov is pretty strong GM, a bit unstable sometimes, but far more talented than Miton, Dominguez or Bruzon.
May-29-07  BIDMONFA: 42nd Capablanca Memorial (2007)


May-29-07  percyblakeney: Another win for Ivanchuk in the last round, and he ended up with +6 -0 =3, winning with a two point margin.
May-29-07  percyblakeney: Together with points gained in other competitions Ivanchuk should reach his highest rating ever on the next FIDE list.
May-29-07  anandrulez: Whats the expected rating friends ? brilliant vassilya is playin well - he is one of my favourite players too .
May-29-07  Knight13: How many rounds are there!?
May-29-07  Karpova: <Knight13: How many rounds are there!?>

Nine rounds, of course. Pretty easy to find out.

Ivanchuk won with 7.5/9

May-29-07  marca: According to Fide's calculator, Ivanchuk should gain 14.7 pts from the Capablanca (Rc:2604, W-7.5, N-9, Ro-2729, K - 10) , 8.7 pts from the Russian liga (Rc:2681, W-6, N-9, Ro-2729, K - 10), and 8.6 pts from the Bundesliga (Rc:2626, W-3.5, N-4, Ro-2741, K - 10).
May-29-07  Knight13: <Karpova> Thanks.

Congratulations IVANCHUK! YEAH!

May-30-07  malthrope: Congrats Chuky! Gosh you played some mean games of chess in Havana! :-) Thanks also to <marca> & <percyblakeney> for the rating updates and adjustments... His new rating looks to be 2761 (his previous published best was 2752 in the FIDE July '05 published list). ;-) - Mal
May-30-07  Knight13: Okay cool Ivanchuk's gonna be back up to 2750.
Sep-19-08  Xeroxx: Ivanchuk won.
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