US champion Sam Shankland wins Capablanca Memorial in Havana Print
Monday, 21 May 2018 06:16
53rd Jose Raul Capablanca MemorialThe Cuban Federation and the National Chess Commission, under the auspices of the National Institute of Sports Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), and with the support of Tryp Habana Libre, organized the 53rd Capablanca Memorial International Tournament from 9-19th May, 2018.

The main Elite Group was a six-players double round robin with the average elo 2649.

US champion GM Samuel Shankland convincingly won the tournament with 7,5/10 points, leaving the second placed GM Aleksey Dreev point and a half behind.

After the victory Shankland posted on twitter: "Make that two 2800+ results in a row! Up to 2717 FIDE and #30 in the World."

Elite Group final standings:

1. GM Shankland Samuel USA 2701 - 7.5
2. GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2653 - 6
3. GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2646 - 5.5
4. GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2635 - 4
5-6. GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel CUB 2594 and GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2664 - 3.5

The very strong Open section had 192 participants from 12 federations, including 25 Grandmasters and 47 International Masters.

GM Cristhian Cruz from Peru took the winner's trophy after edging the opposition on tie-break.

Open final standings:

1-4. GM Cruz Cristhian PER 2562, GM Martinez Duany Lelys Stanley CUB 2507, GM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto CUB 2492 and GM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando ESP 2499 - 7.5
5-16. GM Sambuev Bator CAN 2521, GM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo PER 2527, GM Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2521, FM Berdayes Ason Dylan Isidro CUB 2406, IM Quesada Perez Luis Ernesto CUB 2462, IM Vera Siguenas Deivy PER 2503, IM Albornoz Cabrera Carlos Daniel CUB 2507, GM Oliva Castaneda Kevel CUB 2511, IM Cori Quispe Kevin Joel PER 2465, FM Fernandez De La Vara Arnaldo CUB 2477, IM Jimenez Fraga Pedro Alejandro CUB 2467 and IM Hernandez Sanchez Jairo Andres COL 2377 - 7 etc

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