47th Capablanca Memorial starts

5/4/2012 – The 47th Capablanca Memorial started and as is customary includes both top Cuban players with elite foreign GMs. There are two tournaments, the Elite group as well as the Premier. The Elite brings top Latin American player Leinier Domínguez, his compatriot Quesada, followed by Ivanchuk, Nepomniachtchi, Laznicka, and Potkin. In the first round, Domínguez drew first blood.

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Prize fund: Elite: 5200 Peso Cubano Convertible (1 US$: 0.865 CUC): 1800 - 1300 - 800 - 600 - 400 - 300 --- Premier: 1950 CUC: 800 - 550 - 400 - 200
Time control: 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds/move starting with the 1st move
Duration: May 4-14 with a rest day on May 9

47th Capablanca Memorial

The 47th Capablanca Memorial started and as is customary includes both top Cuban players with elite foreign GMs. There are two tournaments, the Elite group as well as the Premier. The Elite brings top Latin American player Leinier Domínguez (2730) as well as Yuniesky Quesada (2625), followed by Vassily Ivanchuk (2764), Ian Nepomniachtchi (2718), Victor Laznicka (2702), and Vladimir Potkin (2669) who will play each other in a double round-robin.


The venue is the Hotel Habana Riviera


Potkin, Nepomniachtchi and Ivanchuk await the drawing of lots


More players and the eager audience

The Premier group was to have had secon Cuban Lazaro Bruzon, who just broke the 2700 barrier, but who withdrew for personal reasons. As a result, the top-seed is Russian GM Alexander Rakhmanov (2602) and the second seed, also the only IM in the group, is IM Yusnel Bacallao rated 2580 no less.


The opening ceremony was entertained by the guitar group "Claves do Sol"


Domínguez draws his number from the coaster


Laznick also pulls his number from under the Coke and Rum,
a drink which of course has another well-known name...

The first round of the Elite group marked an opening win by Cuban Leinier Domínguez over Czech Victor Laznicka after the latter blundered a few moves before the time control. The other two games were drawn.

Pictures by Miguel E. Gomez Masjuán


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The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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