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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ivanchuk leads midway in 45th Capablanca Chess Memorial Tournament


Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk was leading at the half-way mark at the 45th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament being held in Cuba. The Ukranian is being closely followed by GMs Nigel Short and Leinier Dominguez.

The tournament was first held in 1962 thanks to Ernesto 'Che'. Che used to be a fanatic chess player himself. Cubans love chess!

Ivanchuk is at four points out of a possible four and full point ahead of GM Nigel Short whom he beat in the first round. Short had sacrificed a piece for four pawns but went down fighting.

Here is the Short-Ivanchuk game. You can also run it in our pgnplayer.

PGN: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 c5 4. f3 Qa5+ 5. c3 Nf6 6. Nd2 cxd4 7. Nb3 Qf5 8. Bxb8 Rxb8 9. Qxd4 b6 10. e4 Qf4 11. Nh3 Qc7 12. e5 Ng8 13. O-O-O e6 14. f4 Ne7 15. Ng5 Bb7 16. Bd3 Bxg2 17. Rhg1 Bd5 18. Nxh7 Rxh7 19. Bxh7 g6 20. Kb1 Nf5 21. Qd3 Qc4 22. Qxc4 Bxc4 23. Nd4 Be7 24. Rxg6 fxg6 25. Bxg6+ Kf8 26. Nxf5 exf5 27. Bxf5 Rd8 28. Rxd7 Rxd7 29. Bxd7 Bc5 30. Kc2 Be3 31. f5 Bf4 32. e6 Ke7 33. h4 Be2 34. Bc6 Bg3 35. h5 Bxh5 36. Kd3 Kd6 37. Bg2 Ke5 38. Bh3 Bh4 39. b4 Be7 40. a3 Bf3 41. Kc4 Be2+ 42. Kb3 Bd3 43. a4 a5 0-1

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