Return to Stability

The Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon gave his followers a very momentous win over German Florian Handke, and incidentally included himself seriously be in contention for the title of the Gibraltar Chess Open

By: Juventud Rebelde


2016-01-30 | 16:53:04 EST

The Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon (2666) got his own back from the draw in the third game and gave his followers a very momentous triumph, given several unexpected results by some of the leading chess Masters Group engaged in the Gibraltar Open.

In 45 moves of a Grunfeld Defense, the man from Las Tunas, who played with white pieces, made his German counterpart Florian Handke (2533) tilt his king and is seriously in contention to win the title of the event, but there still remains a way to go.

Still, the monarch of the last version of the Carlos Torre in memoriam tournament failed to reach the lead, shared by the Frenchman GM Etienne Bacrot (2697) and Austrian Markus Ragger (2689), winners over Russian GM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2502) and Ukrainian Anna Muzychuk GM (2537), respectively, on Friday.

However, Bruzon joined the group chasing the leading duo, and is positioned 10th of the tournament by the playoff system, since he shares the same 3.5 points as ten competitors.

The fourth round was marked by several unresolved items with surprising outcomes. Highlight was the draw accomplished by the French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2785) with the Indian GM S. P. Sethuraman (2639) and the Hungarian Richard Rapport (2721) against Indian GM Harika Dronavalli (2511).

Another of the "monsters" present at the fair, American Hikaru Nakamura (2787), is beginning to worry if you consider his tie for a second day against an inferior opponent, in this case the Cuban naturalized Spanish GM Renier Vazquez (2572 ). Gradually Nakamura is losing his options to regain the title of this event. Meanwhile, another player who has not convinced is the Indian GM Viswanathan Anand (2784), which drew with Russia Grigoriy Oparin (2565).

The other Cuban present at the event, the IM Rodney Pérez (2332), fell with black chessmen against Spaniard Pablo Almagro (2429) and is in 102nd place with two points.

Today Bruzon defend the black pieces against Indian Harika and Rodney with white chessmen will play GM Hungarian Tamas Fodor (2500).

Carlsen sits on top

Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (2844) took steps of comfort on top of the Dutch Tata Steel tournament,-with the presence of 14 Grand Masters in the Masters group-, defeating in the eleventh round his homologous Chinese Yifan Hou (2673), his closest pursuer, American Fabiano Caruana (2787), drew with Azeri Shakhryar Mamedyarov (2747).

The leader in the world rankings got rid of Hou (main figure in the world among women) in 54 moves of a Petroff Defence and thus arrived at eight points, one more than Caruana, who signed the armistice with a Sicilian Defence concreted in 50 movements.

With his win on Friday against Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky (2728), China's Ding Liren (2766) climbed to third place in the contest with 6.5 points. His smile came on move 53 and was tempered by an Orthodox Defense.

The remaining clashes ended in a draw and striking was the equalizer obtained by the host Loek Van Wely (2640) against the strongest exponent of the Czech Republic, David Navara (2730). The sextet of leaders is completed by local Anish Giri (2798), the Filipino Wesley So (2773) and Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov (2760).

Translated by ESTI

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