Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Leinier Dominguez last Monday with black chess pieces
The Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Classic was the closest comparison that a colleague who loves the science game had to refer to the main game of the Capablanca Memorial Elite Group that is being held in the Varadero resort. The leaders of the event were the Cuban Leinier Dominguez (2723) and the Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk (2710), the best top players for the pre-classificatory in the competition and the best with European performance so far.
Expectations around this chess pulse ended with happiness of the followers of Ivanchuk, winner with black chess pieces in 37 moves of a Spanish Opening, Steinitz Defence deferred, an ending that settles him on top of the tournament with four points.
The confrontation between the Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov (2687) ¬— white pieces— and Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2688) concluded in tie, after the 29 moves of a Reti Opening. Likewise, the duel between the Cuban Lazaro Bruzon (2681) and the Ukrainian Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2687), ended showing the characteristics of the Catalan Opening, Open Variant, crowned in 57 moves.
In the Premier Group, the only victory of the day went to the Cuban Yuri Gonzalez (2555) against a lowly Chilean Ivan Morovic (2572), who had his fourth defeat and has only achieved one tie. The remaining competitions were ties: Cuban Yuniesky Quesada (2631) against the Spaniard Angel Arribas (2544); Cuban Yusnel Bacallao (2554) against Pole Kamil Dragun (2599); Cuban Isan Ortiz (2578) against his countryman Camilo Gomez (2546) — the only International Master in this competition— and American Samuel Sevian (2603) and Jeffery Xiong (2627) agreed the fourth armistice.
Today will be a day off for the two main sections in the Capablanca Memorial.
Translated by ESTI