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Capablanca Memorial (Elite) Tournament

Vassily Ivanchuk7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Samuel Sevian6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
David Anton Guijarro6.5/10(+3 -0 =7)[games]
Baskaran Adhiban3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Yuri Gonzalez Vidal3/10(+0 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2019)

The 54th Capablanca Memorial was played 3-13 May 2019 in Habana Libre Hotel, Havana, Cuba. Rest day: May 8. Time control: 90 mins/40 moves + 30 mins/end, with 30 sec/move. Vassily Ivanchuk won the event for the 8th time. (1)

Official site: ChessBase report: Chess-Results: TWIC:

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Ivanchuk 2677 ** ½0 ½½ ½1 11 11 7 2 Sevian 2666 ½1 ** ½½ 1½ 10 ½1 6½ 3 Anton 2667 ½½ ½½ ** 11 ½½ ½1 6½ 4 Adhiban 2701 ½0 0½ 00 ** 1½ ½½ 3½ 5 Albornoz 2566 00 01 ½½ 0½ ** ½½ 3½ 6 Gonzalez 2567 00 ½0 ½0 ½½ ½½ ** 3

Category: XVI (2641). Chief arbiter: Josep Maria Benitez Delgado

The Open swiss tournament was won on tiebreak by IM Arnaldo Fernandez De La Vara with 8.5/10.

Previous edition: Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2018)


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera vs S Sevian  0-1452019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Ivanchuk vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½402019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C47 Four Knights
3. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs B Adhiban  ½-½432019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B30 Sicilian
4. D Anton Guijarro vs S Sevian  ½-½642019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A28 English
5. B Adhiban vs Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera  1-0232019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A17 English
6. Ivanchuk vs Y Gonzalez Vidal 1-0422019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. S Sevian vs B Adhiban  1-0402019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera vs Ivanchuk 0-1382019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C42 Petrov Defense
9. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½292019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C47 Four Knights
10. D Anton Guijarro vs B Adhiban  1-0452019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
11. Ivanchuk vs S Sevian  ½-½242019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
12. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera  ½-½542019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B30 Sicilian
13. Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½162019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. S Sevian vs Y Gonzalez Vidal  ½-½392019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
15. B Adhiban vs Ivanchuk  ½-½552019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E20 Nimzo-Indian
16. S Sevian vs Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera  0-1472019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B30 Sicilian
17. B Adhiban vs Y Gonzalez Vidal  ½-½572019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. D Anton Guijarro vs Ivanchuk  ½-½442019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)E20 Nimzo-Indian
19. S Sevian vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½372019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera vs B Adhiban  ½-½262019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C07 French, Tarrasch
21. Y Gonzalez Vidal vs Ivanchuk 0-1452019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. B Adhiban vs S Sevian  ½-½512019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A06 Reti Opening
23. Ivanchuk vs Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera 1-0402019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)B30 Sicilian
24. D Anton Guijarro vs Y Gonzalez Vidal  1-0312019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)A06 Reti Opening
25. B Adhiban vs D Anton Guijarro  0-1582019Capablanca Memorial (Elite)C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Tabanus: Ivanchuk had many fans.
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  perfidious: Still does, I expect.
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  amadeus: # Titles - Players

8 - Ivanchuk

4 - Tony Miles

3 - Domínguez, Smyslov*

2 - Zapata, Rodríguez Céspedes, Garcia Palermo, Granda Zuniga, Ulf Andersson, Korchnoi

1 - many different players, including Najdorf (first winner), Larsen, Romanishin, Leko, So, Hübner etc.

(*) including this one: Havana (1965), with Fischer playing by telex.

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  Tabanus: <The Open swiss tournament was won on tiebreak by IM Arnaldo Fernandez De La Vara with 8.5/10.>

He's not in CG database yet.

Jun-26-19  diagonal: Ivanchuk played now ten times at Capablanca Memorial (Havana, Varadero), and is a record eight-time winner (he won seven times outright, and once on tie-break; as of and including 2019).

Selection of <Record number of wins at same major international invitation chess tournaments *series* in classical chess>, at least five wins or co-wins (as of 2019):

<Najdorf: 11 wins (!) at closed Mar del Plata series>, plus later three times at the Mar del Plata Open, in total 14 wins at same venue:

<Kramnik: 10x Dortmund> plus 1 Dortmund Open earlier

<Kasparov: 9x Linares>

<Ivanchuk: 8x Capablanca Memorial>

<Carlsen: 7x Wijk aan Zee>

<Karpov: 7x Tilburg>

<Schlechter: 6x Leopold Trebitsch Memorial (all in Vienna)>

<Anand: 5x Wijk aan Zee>

<Gligoric: 5x Hastings (closed Christmas Congress)>

<Tal: 5x Tallinn International> (Keres Tournament named Keres Memorial after Keres had died)

<Beliavsky: 5x Vidmar Memorial> (various venues, incl. one national tournament under this label)

<4 international invitation tournament wins of the same series>:

Euwe, Portisch, Korchnoi, Aronian (all at Beverwiijk / Wijk aan Zee)

Tartakower, Flohr, Szabo (all at closed Hastings Christmas Congress)

Vachier-Lagrave (Biel GMT), plus one match win at Biel

Carlsen (London Chess Classic)

Carlsen (Gashimov Memorial)

Miles (Capablanca Memorial)

Polugaevsky (Chigorin Memorial)

Ivanchuk (Linares), incl. one win as joint 1st, with Grischuk declared winner on tie-break, higher number of wins


Major International Invitation *series* in classical chess means: no Open Festivals, no National Championships, no Club tourneys, no Rapid, Blitz, and / or Combined series, no Team events, no Junior / Senior contests


@ Kramnik: <25 entries at Dortmund GM> (1993, 1995-2018, except in 2002 when the Einstein Candidates were held), in total 26 participations at Dortmund incl. the Open in 1992 (joint first place).

Kramnik won a record ten times at the Dortmund Grandmaster tournament, five of them as the single winner, five of them shared. The singles were in 1995, 1997, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 1996 he shared with Anand, in 1998 with Adams and Svidler, in 2000 with Anand, in 2001 with Topalov and in 2006 with Svidler.

@ Kasparov: <14 entries at Linares>, he won or co-won in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999-2002, and 2005: record nine-time winner; he did also play in 1991, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2004. Gazza did not play at Linares in 1995 and 1996 (no tournament that year), prior to 1990, and after 2005 (retirement).

@ Karpov: <12 entries at Tilburg>, he won or co-won at the beginning of the series in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 (note: Fischer, his predecessor as World Champion was no longer active; then World Champion Challenger Korchnoi always not invited to secure Karpov's participation; Korchnoi went on to win at his first Tilburg invitation in 1985; Karpov generally also avoided to play Kasparov (not only at Tilburg) in a same tournament before their World Championship marathon started), he won later again in 1988 and 1993 (k.-o.), record seven-time winner; he also played in 1986, 1991, 1992 (k.o.) 1994 (k.o.), 1996.

@ Carlsen: <12 entries at Wijk aan Zee - A>, seven wins so far as of 2019 (overall he played 15x in Wijk A, B, C group, starting in 2004).

Wijk aan Zee, Linares, or Tilburg were on average stronger and lasted longer than Dortmund which recently had only eight players in a single round robin (7 rounds, 28 games), including some rather inferior german players. Linares and Tilburg had about twelve players at the beginning, in later years also only six, seven (Linares) or eight players, but in a double round robin and near exclusively top players; at Wijk aan Zee, some dutch players were less strong, but Wijk aan Zee invites currently and regularly 14 players (13 rounds, 91 games), including many from the absolute world elite.

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