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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vassily Ivanchuk wins 47th Capablanca Chess Memorial

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Hi everyone,

GM Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine has won the his sixth title at the traditional Capablanca Chess Memorial. The 47th Capablanca Memorial was held from May 3-15 at the Riviera hotel in Havana, Cuba. The Elite Group was a six-player double round robin.
Vassily Ivanchuk

Ivanchuk held on to the lead throughout the tournament with three wins and seven draws to win the tournament a full point ahead of the competition. Cuban GM Leinier Domínguez Perez (2730), three-time champion of Capablanca Memorial, also scored three wins, but suffered two defeats. Domínguez’s last round victory against Ian Nepomniachtchi allowed him to catch the Russian on the shared 2nd place.

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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