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Short wins 2013 Canadian Open Championship

7/24/2013 – The 50th Canadian Open Chess Championship in Ottawa saw 178 players, including 12 GMs, competing in a nine-round Swiss. Nigel Short and Eric Hansen tied for first, with Short taking the title on tie-break. He is practically a resident, so often has he visited and played in the city. There were plenty of interesting games at the 2013 Championship, as John Upper shows in his giant pictorial report.
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2013 Canadian Open Chess Championship

Report from Ottawa by John Upper

The 50th Canadian Open Chess Championship took place to Ottawa, from July 13-20, 2013. 178 players, including 12 GMs and 11 IMs, competed in a single-section, nine-round Swiss. GMs Nigel Short and Eric Hansen tied for first with 7.5/9, with Short taking the title on tie-break.

Going into the event, the favourite had to be GM Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba. Not only was he the top-rated player, he had just come from a very convincing victory at the Edmonton International with 8/9, where he had beaten two of his leading Canadian Open rivals: Nigel Short and Eric Hansen.

In the event, he was perhaps a bit unfortunate in his third-round pairing against fellow Cuban IM Rodney Oscar Perez Garcia, who held him to a draw. Bruzon fought back to tie for the lead after seven rounds, but draws in his last two games left him 1/2 point back of the winners. Here one of the key games:

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.20"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Bruzon Bautista, Lazaro"] [Black "Short, Nigel D"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C76"] [WhiteElo "2689"] [BlackElo "2697"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. O-O Bd7 6. c3 (6. d4 exd4 (6... b5 7. Bb3 exd4 (7... Nxd4 $1) 8. a4 Be7 9. axb5 axb5 10. Rxa8 Qxa8 11. Na3 Na5 $13 {1-0 (38) Short,N (2684)-Gretarsson,H (2508) Bled 2002}) 7. Nxd4 b5 8. Nxc6 Bxc6 9. Bb3 Nf6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Re1 $14 {1-0 (56) Shirov,A (2715)-Short,N (2663) Dubai 2002}) 6... g6 7. d4 Bg7 8. h3 (8. d5 Nce7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. c4 h6 11. Nfd2 Nf6 12. Nc3 O-O {0-1 (87) Jones,G (2635)-Short,N (2697) England 2012}) 8... Nf6 9. Re1 O-O 10. Nbd2 exd4 11. cxd4 Nb4 12. Bxd7 Qxd7 13. Qb3 a5 14. a3 Nc6 (14... Na6 15. e5 a4 16. Qa2 dxe5 17. dxe5 Nd5 18. Ne4 c6 19. Bg5 h6 20. Bh4 Nac7 21. Rad1 Ne6 {1-0 (63) Matlakov,M (2487)-Klovans,J (2416) Riga 2009}) 15. Nf1 (15. d5 $14) 15... a4 $1 16. Qd3 Na5 17. Bf4 b5 18. Rad1 Nc4 19. Qc2 c6 20. Ng3 Rfc8 21. Qc1 Qd8 22. Re2 Qf8 23. h4 Re8 $13 24. Nd2 d5 25. e5 Nd7 26. Nf3 c5 27. h5 Rac8 28. h6 Bh8 29. Qb1 cxd4 30. Rxd4 Ndxe5 31. Nxe5 Nxe5 32. Rxd5 1/2-1/2

Lazaro Bruzon prowls the Victoria Room venue

GM Ivan Sokolov (above right, playing Nigel Short in round six) made his first tournament appearance in Canada. While it would be silly to call a perennial 2600+ player with multiple tournament wins over Anand, Aronian, Topalov, Kortchnoi, Short, Shirov, and Carlsen, an “unknown quantity”, it is also true that most of Sokolov's tournaments are elite round-robins and not win-or-finish-out-of-the-prizes Swiss events. Then again, Sokolov has already proved he can excel in the win-or-die of a big money Swiss when he won the 2012 World Open in Philadelphia.

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.19"] [Round "8"] [White "Bruzon Bautista, Lazaro"] [Black "Sokolov, Ivan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2758"] [BlackElo "2642"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. d3 d6 9. a4 Na5 10. axb5 axb5 11. Bd2 c5 12. Nc3 Bb7 13. Ba2 b4 14. Ne2 Nh5 15. h3 Qd7 16. g4 Nf6 17. Ng3 g6 18. Kh2 Ra6 19. c3 Qb5 20. cxb4 cxb4 21. Bh6 Re8 22. Rc1 b3 23. Bb1 d5 24. g5 Nd7 25. d4 Nc4 26. dxe5 Bb4 27. Rf1 Bc5 28. Bd3 Qa4 29. Qe2 Rae6 30. Bxc4 dxc4 31. Rxc4 Qa7 32. Qd2 Ba6 33. Ra4 Nb6 34. Raa1 Nc4 35. Qc3 Bxf2 36. Rfd1 Be3 37. Ne2 Bxg5 38. Bxg5 Qf2+ 39. Kh1 Qxe2 40. Re1 Qxb2 41. Qxb2 Nxb2 42. Reb1 Nd3 43. Rxb3 Nf2+ 44. Kh2 Nxe4 45. Bh6 Nc5 46. Rc3 Bb7 47. Rxc5 Bxf3 48. Kg3 Be4 49. Raa5 Bf5 50. h4 R6e7 51. Bg5 Rd7 52. Rd5 Rb7 53. Rdb5 Rxb5 54. Rxb5 Kg7 55. Rd5 Rb8 56. Rd8 Rb3+ 57. Kf2 Rb5 58. Bf6+ Kh6 59. Rh8 Be6 60. Ke3 Rc5 1/2-1/2

Sokolov turned in the result of a consummate tournament professional at the Canadian Open: winning his first five games to take the outright lead, before drawing his final four to cruise home in a tie for second place.

GM Eduardas Rozentalis (above), unlike Sokolov, is no stranger to Canada, having played many times in Ontario and Quebec, including twice tying for 1st at the Canadian Open (1995 in Toronto, 2008 in Montreal). This year he was not so successful, losing in round 6 on board 2 to Bruzon, and being held to draws by Canadian IM's Arthur Calugar, Raja Panjwani, and Ottawa Master Armando Valdizon.

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.18"] [Round "7"] [White "Rozentalis, Eduardas"] [Black "Bruzon Bautista, Lazaro"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2601"] [BlackElo "2758"] [PlyCount "86"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 Ne7 6. Nc3 Ng6 7. h4 h5 8. e5 f6 9. Qe2 Qc7 10. exf6 gxf6 11. Ne4 Be7 12. Be3 Nf4 13. Bxf4 Qxf4 14. g3 Qg4 15. c4 d5 16. Nc3 Ba6 17. O-O-O O-O-O 18. Rhe1 e5 19. b3 Rhe8 20. Nh2 Qf5 21. Qf3 Qxf3 22. Nxf3 Bf8 23. Kb2 Kc7 24. Rc1 d4 25. Ne4 Be7 26. Nfd2 Bc8 27. f4 exf4 28. gxf4 Bg4 29. Kc2 f5 30. Ng5 Bxg5 31. Rxe8 Rxe8 32. fxg5 Kd6 33. b4 cxb4 34. c5+ Kd5 35. Kb3 Re2 36. Nc4 f4 37. Nd6 f3 38. Rf1 a5 39. g6 Be6 40. Rxf3 Kxc5+ 41. Nc4 a4+ 42. Kxa4 Rxa2+ 43. Kb3 Bxc4+ 0-1

GM Bator Sambuev first came to Canada for the 2007 Canadian Open in Ottawa (where he tied for second) and he hasn't left! Now a Canadian citizen living in Montreal with his wife and son, Bator is the defending Canadian Closed champion, and undisputed King of Canadian weekend Swiss tournaments, winning over 70 Canadian tournaments since he moved here. Bator didn't add to his total this week: losing to Iranian GM Elshan Moradiabadi and Canadian IM Arthur Calugar (a chess-scholarship student at UTD, who had an excellent tournament, drawing with Rozentalis and losing only to tournament winner Nigel Short).

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.16"] [Round "5"] [White "Moradiabadi, Elshan"] [Black "Sambuev, Bator"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2557"] [BlackElo "2688"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Bf4 Nc6 5. e3 Qb6 6. Nc3 e5 7. dxe5 $146 (7. Bxe5 Qxb2 8. Nxd5 Bb4+ 9. Nxb4 Qc3+ 10. Ke2 Nxe5 11. Rb1 a5 12. Rb3 Qc7 13. Qc2 Qd8 14. Nd3 Nc6 15. Nf3 Nge7 16. Kd2 {1/2-1/2 (16) Narciso Dublan,M (2469) -Delchev,A (2548) Andorra 1999}) 7... Qxb2 8. Nxd5 Bb4+ 9. Nxb4 Qc3+ 10. Ke2 Nxb4 11. Rc1 Qa3 12. Kf3 Bd7 ({Houdini} 12... Ne7 13. Rc7 Qa5 14. Qd6 Nf5 15. Qc5 Nh4+ 16. Kg3 Nf5+ 17. Kf3 Nh4+ $11) 13. Kg3 Ne7 14. h4 Bc6 15. Nf3 Rd8 16. Qe1 h6 17. Kh2 g5 18. Bg3 Nf5 19. e6 $1 fxe6 20. Be5 O-O $2 21. e4 $1 $16 g4 22. exf5 gxf3 23. Bc3 Nd5 24. Qxe6+ $18 Rf7 25. Qg6+ Kf8 26. Qxh6+ Ke8 27. Bc4 fxg2 28. Rhe1+ Re7 29. Rxe7+ Nxe7 30. Qh8+ Kd7 31. Be6+ Kc7 32. Be5+ Rd6 33. Rd1 g1=Q+ 34. Kxg1 Qf3 35. Bxd6+ Kb6 36. Qd4+ Ka6 37. Qd3+ 1-0

GM Elshan Moradiabadi, Iran's #1 rated player, also made his tournament debut in Canada. In addition to giving private lessons to two lucky juniors, he gave a Monday morning lecture which combined the best of his GM and FIDE Trainer titles with his MBA studies: "How To Be Efficient in Your Tournaments or Play According to Your Core Competency."

In what was one of the best lectures I've attended, he compared Carlsen's strengths and weaknesses (not many) with Anand's, to reach what I thought was a persuasive and interesting conclusion: that Anand's strength at deep and sharp opening preparation is a perfect weapon against Carlsen's great strength at heuristic-guided manoeuvring.

GM Moradiabadi (above right, playing Eric Hansen in round six) contended all the way through, but finished out of the big-money after losses to the two winners.

Canada's #1 FIDE-rated player, and the defending Canadian Open champion, GM Eric Hansen did not disappoint, defeating GMs Vera and Moradiabadi, and drawing with Short and Sokolov. Friendly, if reserved, when not playing, Eric's intense concentration combined with his height and physical build might well make him an intimidating OTB opponent for many players. His strong showing this week not only earned him $4000 and a share of first place, it suggests he is coming into form as the World Cup approaches. Here one of his games at the Canadian Open:

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.14"] [Round "3"] [White "Song, Michael"] [Black "Hansen, Eric"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D98"] [WhiteElo "2390"] [BlackElo "2587"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. O-O-O Nb6 10. Qc5 e5 11. d5 N8d7 12. Qa3 Nc8 13. h3 (13. Kb1 Nd6 14. Rc1 f5 15. h3 Bxf3 16. gxf3 a6 17. h4 f4 18. Bc5 Nxc5 19. Qxc5 h5 20. Bh3 Bf6 21. Be6+ Kg7 {1/2-1/2 (21) Sosonko,G (2470)-Smejkal,J (2600) Wijk aan Zee 1975}) 13... Bxf3 14. gxf3 a6 15. h4 h5 16. f4 $6 {White's centre pawns aren't going anywhere, but now Black's Bg7 is in the game. Maybe White should consider playing on the c-file instead with Kb1 and Rc1, as in the Sosonko game above.} exf4 17. Bxf4 Nd6 18. Bg5 Qe8 19. f3 b5 20. Nb1 Nb6 21. b3 f5 $1 { White's center collapses, his King is exposed, and his pieces can't run any further from the centre than they alreay are.} 22. exf5 Rxf5 23. Bh3 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Nxd5 25. Qc5 Qe5 26. Qc2 Kh7 27. Rg1 Nb4 0-1

GM Nigel Short tied for first and took the title on tie-break. Scoring 7.5/9 he conceded draws only to his closest rivals: Hansen, Sokolov and Bruzon.

Top final standings (after nine round)

# Name Rtng Tot Tiebreak
1 GM Nigel Short (title on TB) 2697 7.5 2507.5
2 GM Eric Hansen 2587 7.5 2438
3 GM Ivan Sokolov 2642 7.0 2495
4 GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista 2758 7.0 2456.5
5 IM Aman Hambleton 2580 7.0 2446
6 IM Edward Porper 2494 7.0 2359
7 IM Arthur Calugar 2418 7.0 2341
8 GM Elshan Moradiabadi 2557 6.5 2437
9 IM Artiom Samsonkin 2557 6.5 2383.5
10 GM Bator Sambuev 2688 6.5 2354
11 IM Raja Panjwani 2517 6.5 2340.5
12 IM Richard Wang 2484 6.5 2316
13 GM Ioan Cristian Chirila 2519 6.5 2296
14 IM Rodney Oscar Perez Garcia 2464 6.5 2285.5
15 FM Roman Sapozhnikov 2396 6.5 2246
16 GM Luis Manuel Perez Rodriguez 2480 6.5 2221.5
17 IM Keaton Kiewra 2423 6.5 2220

Despite the fact that he has to commute from Athens, Nigel's win could almost be described as a home-town victory, since (apart from GM Sambuev, who plays in Ottawa regularly) Nigel has played more chess in Ottawa than any of the other top players at the Canadian Open, including most of the Canadians. In addition to playing in the 2007 Canadian Open, Nigel has given simuls, lectures, and competed in a fund-raising event in Ottawa on three separate occasions. Most of the credit for this has to go to his super-host and sommelier, Gordon Ritchie. Thanks Gordon.

In 2007 Nigel came to the Canadian Open in Ottawa with his daughter Kyveli. That year he finished 1/2 point behind winner Bu Xiangzhi. This year, he was accompanied by his 14-year old son Nicholas, who also played in the Open. When both their round six games opened 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 one might almost have suspected that Nigel had brought Nicholas as a second. In fact, Nicholas was playing in his first tournament.

Nicholas Short in a white t-shirt in the foreground of this panorama picture of the playing hall

Yes, his first. If you think having a world-famous Grandmaster father means the children will play chess, you just don't understand teenagers: Nicholas is getting into chess because his friends play, not because his dad does.

While we are at it, here's another scrollable panorama of the playing hall

The 2013 Canadian Open ended with one Short at the top of the crosstable, and another Short at the bottom. And this year there are a few players leaving Ottawa who can truthfully if a little disingenuously boast, “I played N. Short! He came all the way from Athens, and I won!”

Here a few additional game impressions from the 2013 Canadian Open:

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.17"] [Round "8.15"] [White "Valdizon, Armando"] [Black "Arencibia, Walter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2219"] [BlackElo "2526"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "109"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] {One of the attractions for average club players of a big Open event is the chance to play a very strong opponent or two in the early rounds. With no accelerated pairings at the 2013 Canadian Open, the first two rounds were relatively easy for the top players, but gave 1900 rated players a chance to play world-class opponents in the first round, and gave 2200 players the same chance in the second round. Those games rarely produce upsets, but this year one local player scored two. In the second round, Armando Valdizon drew with GM Rozentalis, and in round 8 he drew GM Arencibia in what is certainly one of the wildest games ever to come out of the "boring" London System.} 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. Bf4 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. e3 Bd6 6. Nbd2 Bxf4 7. exf4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. cxd4 Qb6 10. Qb3 Qxd4 11. Bb5+ Kf8 12. Qa3+ Ne7 13. Rc1 Qxf4 14. O-O Qxd2 15. Rc7 Qg5 16. Qd6 g6 17. f4 Qf6 18. Rfc1 Rg8 19. Qd8+ Kg7 20. Qxe7 Rf8 21. b4 a6 22. Be8 Qd4+ 23. Kh1 Qxf4 24. Kg1 g5 $2 (24... Qd4+ $1 25. Kh1 Qf6 $1 $19 26. Qxf6+ Kxf6 27. Rxc8 Rxe8 $19) 25. Rf1 $11 Rxe8 $8 26. Qc5 $8 b6 27. Qc6 Qe3+ 28. Kh1 Rf8 29. Qxa8 Qe2 30. Kg1 Bd7 31. Qb7 Be8 32. Qxb6 (32. Re7 {(/\Rxe8)} Qe3+ 33. Kh1 Qe2 34. Kg1 $11) 32... Bb5 33. Rfc1 Bc4 34. a4 e5 35. Qf2 Qxf2+ 36. Kxf2 Rb8 37. Rb1 Rb6 38. Rc5 h5 39. b5 axb5 40. axb5 f6 41. Ke3 Kf7 42. Kd2 Ke6 43. Kc3 Kd6 44. Kb4 e4 45. Ra1 e3 46. Re1 e2 47. Rxc4 dxc4 48. Kxc4 Rb8 49. Rxe2 Rc8+ 50. Kb4 Rc1 51. Rf2 Rb1+ 52. Ka5 Kc7 53. Rxf6 Ra1+ 54. Kb4 Ra2 55. Rh6 1/2-1/2

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.20"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Hambleton, Aman"] [Black "Hansen, Eric"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2580"] [BlackElo "2587"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] {There couldn't have been a more awkward final-round opponent for Eric than IM Aman Hambleton. They're friends, they prepare openings together, and they're moving to Spain next month to begin their careers as chess professionals, competing in individual tournaments and on Club teams. Their final round game was sharp, highly theoretical, and short.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bd2 Bg7 6. e4 Nxc3 7. Bxc3 O-O 8. Qd2 c5 9. d5 e6 10. Bc4 exd5 11. Bxd5 Nd7 12. Nf3 (12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. h4 h6 14. O-O-O Nb6 15. Qc3+ Qf6 16. Ne2 Qxc3+ 17. Nxc3 $14 {1-0 (49) Hambleton,A (2468) -Poobalasingam,P (2211) Ascot 2013}) 12... Nf6 13. O-O Nxd5 14. exd5 Qd6 15. Bxg7 (15. Rfe1 f6 16. b4 b6 17. bxc5 bxc5 18. Rab1 Bf5 19. Rb7 Rf7 20. Rxf7 Kxf7 $13 {0-1 (39) Ulibin,M (2531) -Avrukh,B (2605) Biel 2012}) 15... Kxg7 16. Qc3+ Kg8 17. Ne5 Re8 18. Rfe1 Qxd5 19. Rad1 Qxa2 20. Ra1 Qd5 21. Rad1 Qa2 22. Ra1 ({Engines give this:} 22. Nxg6 $1 Rxe1+ 23. Rxe1 fxg6 24. Re8+ Kf7 25. Qe1 $8 Be6 26. Rxa8 Qxb2 27. Qd1 {and rate it as +/-, but OTB I'm not sure who which side has the better chances.}) 22... Qd5 23. Rad1 Qa2 1/2-1/2

[Event "2013 Canadian Open"] [Site "Ottawa"] [Date "2013.07.14"] [Round "3"] [White "Song, Michael"] [Black "Hansen, Eric"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D98"] [WhiteElo "2390"] [BlackElo "2587"] [Annotator "John"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2013.07.??"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CAN"] [Source "John Upper"] [SourceDate "2013.07.22"] {If Hambleton - Hansen shows the down-side of playing the Gruenfeld against a very well prepared opponent, this game shows what happens if White doesn't have the same feel for the unbalanced Grunfeld middlegames.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Bg4 8. Be3 Nfd7 9. O-O-O Nb6 10. Qc5 e5 11. d5 N8d7 12. Qa3 Nc8 13. h3 (13. Kb1 Nd6 14. Rc1 f5 15. h3 Bxf3 16. gxf3 a6 17. h4 f4 18. Bc5 Nxc5 19. Qxc5 h5 20. Bh3 Bf6 21. Be6+ Kg7 {1/2-1/ 2 (21) Sosonko,G (2470)-Smejkal,J (2600) Wijk aan Zee 1975}) 13... Bxf3 14. gxf3 a6 15. h4 h5 16. f4 $6 {White's centre pawns aren't going anywhere, but now Black's Bg7 is in the game. Maybe White should consider playing on the c-file instead with Kb1 and Rc1, as in the Sosonko game above.} exf4 17. Bxf4 Nd6 18. Bg5 Qe8 19. f3 b5 20. Nb1 Nb6 21. b3 f5 $1 {White's center collapses, his King is exposed, and his pieces can't run any further from the centre than they alreay are.} 22. exf5 Rxf5 23. Bh3 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Nxd5 25. Qc5 Qe5 26. Qc2 Kh7 27. Rg1 Nb4 0-1

Some video: Why Capablaca didn't play ...h6 - Sokolov-Hansen

GMs Ivan Sokolov (NED) and Eric Hansen (CAN) engaged in a 25-minute-long postmortem of their seventh-round game at the 2013 Canadian Open Chess Championship.

Hansen suffers for a long time in an Orthodox QGD, but will Ivan Sokolov be able to prove that Capablaca was right not to play ...h6.

More video reports: from rounds 3-6 and from rounds 7-9


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