Vassily Ivanchuk wins 47th Capablanca Memorial Print
Thursday, 17 May 2012 08:40
GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine successfully concluded the competition on Cuba to win his 6th trophy from the Elite Group of the traditional Capablanca Memorial.

The 47th Capablanca Memorial was held from 3rd to 15th May at the Riviera hotel in Havana, Cuba. The Elite Group was a six-player double round robin.

Ivanchuk confidently held the lead throughout the tournament, with three wins and seven draws being sufficient for the first place, full point ahead of the opposition.

Vassily Ivanchuk

Cuban hope GM Leinier Domínguez Perez (2730), three-times champion of Capablanca Memorial, also scored three wins, but suffered two defeats, both at the hands of genius from Lviv.

Domínguez’s last round victory against Ian Nepomniachtchi allowed him to catch the Russian on the shared 2nd place.

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Elite Group final standings:

1. Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2764 – 6.5
2-3. Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2716 and Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2725 – 5.5
4. Potkin Vladimir RUS 2642 – 4.5
5-6. Quesada Perez Yuniesky CUB 2625 and Laznicka Viktor CZE 2693 – 4.0

The Premier Group was a 10-player round robin with other top Cuban players and four foreign Grandmasters.

GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri took a clear first place with 6.0/9 points, while IM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel confirmed another GM norm.

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