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Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 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]
Igor Khenkin4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Lazaro Bruzon Batista4.5/10(+0 -1 =9)[games]
Artyom Timofeev4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2009)

The 44th Capablanca Memorial was 6-player double round robin held 8-18 June 2009 in Hotel Panamericano, Havana, Cuba. Rest day: June 13. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from the start. Local hero Leinier Dominguez Perez won for a 2nd time in a row, and 3rd time overall, with 6.5/10. Chess-Results: TWIC:

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Dominguez 2721 ** 1½ ½1 ½½ ½½ 1½ 6½ 2 Savchenko 2655 0½ ** ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 5½ 3 Meier 2641 ½0 ½½ ** ½½ ½½ 1½ 5 4 Khenkin 2630 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½0 4½ 5 Bruzon 2617 ½½ 0½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 4½ 6 Timofeev 2677 0½ ½0 0½ ½1 ½½ ** 4

Category: XVII (2657). Chief arbiter: Serafin Chuit Perez

The Premier group was won by Neuris Delgado Ramirez with 6.5/10, and the Open tournament was won by Yuri Gonzalez Vidal with 8/10.

Previous: Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2008). Next: Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2010)

Other websites: 1) Wikipedia article: Capablanca Memorial 2) 3) 4) http://arbitrajedeajedrez.blogspot....

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Timofeev vs B Savchenko  ½-½252009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E60 King's Indian Defense
2. Khenkin vs G Meier ½-½122009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. L Dominguez vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½202009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. L Bruzon Batista vs B Savchenko 0-1402009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A33 English, Symmetrical
5. L Dominguez vs Khenkin  ½-½532009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. G Meier vs A Timofeev 1-0292009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A34 English, Symmetrical
7. A Timofeev vs L Dominguez 0-1402009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A36 English
8. B Savchenko vs G Meier  ½-½542009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C10 French
9. Khenkin vs L Bruzon Batista ½-½122009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E15 Queen's Indian
10. Khenkin vs A Timofeev  ½-½372009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. L Dominguez vs B Savchenko 1-0732009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B56 Sicilian
12. L Bruzon Batista vs G Meier  ½-½162009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. G Meier vs L Dominguez  ½-½302009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A04 Reti Opening
14. A Timofeev vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½612009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. B Savchenko vs Khenkin  ½-½202009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
16. G Meier vs Khenkin  ½-½122009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C03 French, Tarrasch
17. B Savchenko vs A Timofeev  1-0412009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. L Bruzon Batista vs L Dominguez ½-½142009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. B Savchenko vs L Bruzon Batista  ½-½332009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
20. A Timofeev vs G Meier  ½-½362009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C10 French
21. Khenkin vs L Dominguez ½-½172009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D85 Grunfeld
22. L Bruzon Batista vs Khenkin  ½-½122009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C67 Ruy Lopez
23. L Dominguez vs A Timofeev  ½-½432009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B33 Sicilian
24. G Meier vs B Savchenko ½-½102009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
25. A Timofeev vs Khenkin 1-0382009Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.
Jun-14-09  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?
Jun-14-09  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? :)
Jun-15-09  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).

Jun-24-09  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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