Wesley So wins 49th Capablanca Memorial in Havana.
By Jose “joeyj” Jereos Jr.
19 May 2014
The Philippines’ #1 Chess Grandmaster GM Wesley So, formalized his fantastic conquest of the Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament 2014, the 49th Edition, when he finally had drawn, in only 12 moves of a Nimzo-Indian, his last round (R10) game against defending Champion GM Almasi, Zoltan(2693) of Hungary to register 6.5/10 points, a clear 1.0 point advantage to 2nd placer GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(2682) of the host country Cuba who scored 5.5/10.
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R8: Wesley So extends lead @ Capablanca 2014.
17 May 2014
Round 8 (16 May)
Philippines’ top Grandmaster Wesley So scored his 3rd victory in the prestigious 49th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament (2014), a category 19 event, this time against the top seed and World’s #10 rank GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier(2768) of the host country Cuba.
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15 May 2014
R6: Wesley So hang on to the lead @ Capablanca Memorial 2014.
Round 6 (14 May)
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682-So, Wesley(PHI)2731: ½-½
With 4-rounds to go at the prestigious 49th Capablanca Memorial Tournament (2014) being played from 8 to 18 May at the Habana Riviera Hotel in La Havana, Cuba, Filipino GM Wesley So had drawn his R6 match against GM Lazaro Bruzon’s English opening in another exciting, bloody (as described by many kibitzers & mirons online), intense and time pressured game that lasted for about 2hrs & 27min in only 22 moves and scoring 4.0/6 in the process to hang on his half-point lead over the top seed GM Leinier Domínguez Perez who also had drawn his 28-mover match, a Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defense, with the 2nd seed GM Vassily Ivanchuk and scoring 3.5/6.
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R5: Wesley So leads 49th Capablanca Memorial at halfway.
13 May 2014
R5: Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693-So, Wesley(PHI)2731 : 0-1
After 5 rounds of play, at halfway mark, of the 10-round double round-robin event @ 49th Capablanca Memorial(2014), GM Wesley So (PHI)2731 snatched the sole lead scoring 3.5/5 (+2-0=3) by beating his perennial co-leader since R3 the defending champion GM Almasi, Zoltan (HUN)2693 who resigned after the 48th move of a French Winawer. The other previous round-4 leader, top seed Domínguez Perez, Leinier (CUB)2768 made a quick 13-mover draw [Ruy Lopez, Closed (C92)] with his compatriot Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682 to score 3.0/5(+1-0=4).
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R4: So, Dominquez & Almasi in a 3-Way Tie for the Lead @ 49th Capablanca Memorial.
12 May 2014
GMs So, Dominguez and Almasi tied @ 2.5-pts after 4-rounds
Round 4 (11 May)
The top seed, Cuba’s Nr 1, World’s Nr 10 and 3-time Capablanca Memorial winner Domínguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2768 (2004, 2008 & 2009) scoring his first win in the tournament against Vallejo Pons, Francisco (2700) upped his aggregate total points to 2.5/4 and catched up R3 leaders GMs Wesley So (PHI)2731 and Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693 who both had drawn their respective games … a 3-way tie for the lead after 4-rounds at the 48th Capablanca Memorial (2014).
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R3: Almasi ties So after 3 @ 49th Capablanca Memorial
11 May 2014
GM So and Almasi tied @ 2-pts after 3-rounds
Round 3 (10 May)
The defending champion (2013 winner) GM Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693 defeated the 6-time Capablanca Memorial winner GM Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2753 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 & 2012) in R3 to tie GM So, Wesley(PHI)2731 for the lead at 2-pts each. Wesley So had drawn his Ruy Lopez (C88) game with 3-time winner Domínguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2768 (2004, 2008 & 2009). At Table-3 the game between the 2001 winner GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2700 and 2002 winner GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB 2682 was also drawn after white’s 60th move.
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Wesley So beats Vallejo-Pons in Rnd-2, leads 49th Capablanca Memorial.
10 May 2014
After two rounds of play at the 49th Capablanca Memorial 2014, the Philippines top rated Grandmaster Wesley So ranked Nr 23 in the World with 2731 FIDE rating, a first timer in this prestigious chess tournament, needed only two rounds to secure the sole leadership scoring 1.5/2 (+1=1).
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