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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Capablanca Chess Memorial 2014 begins with Dominguez as Top Seed, Almasi as Defending Champion

Hello chess friends, particularly from Latin America! It is time again for that great chess tournament in Havana, Cuba - The Capablanca Chess Memorial.

The event begins with Cuban Grandmaster Leinier Domínguez versus Ukrainian Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk in the first round today, in the Elite Group. The tournament will be played at the  Habana Riviera Hotel. Leinier is the top seed at 2768 with Ivanchuk right behind at 2753. 

The Elite Group will include six-player double round robin, the strongest in the history of the event.
The players are Leinier Dominguez (Cuba, winner in 2004, 2008 and 2009), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, winner in 2005-2007 and 2010-2012), Wesley So (Philippines, first participation), Francisco Vallejo (Spain, winner in 2001), Zoltan Almasi (Hungary, winner in 2013) and Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba, winner in 2002) -- Official website

Don't forget, Vassily Ivancuk has won the Capablanca Chess Memorial six times!

Cuban Lazaro Bruzón (2682) is paired to play Philippine Wesley So (2731) and defending champion Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2693) has to play Spanish Francisco Vallejo (2700) in the first round.

The chess festival includes a premier group and open group as well with former Cuban national chess champion Yuniesky Quesada (2642) as top seed followed by Peruvian Emilio Cordova (2616) in the premier section. 

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