R8: Wesley So extends lead @ Capablanca 2014

joeyj
17 May 2014
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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.

Round 8 that turned out to be the most decisive round so far with 2 won games and 1 drawn game. The 3rd seed Wesley So now with 5.5/8 (+3-0=5) points extends his lead to a full point with GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682 the new 2nd placer after R8 with 4.5/8 who won his game versus Vallejo Pons, Francisco(ESP)2700 in 38th move of French defense.  The third game of the round, also a French defense game, between GMs Almasi & Ivanchuk ended in a 57th move. 

Round 8 results

Bruzon Batista, Lazaro vs Vallejo Pons, Francisco :1-0
So, Wesley vs Dominguez Perez, Leinier :1-0
Almasi, Zoltan vs Ivanchuk, Vassily :½-½ 

Standings after 8 rounds

1. So, Wesley g PHI 2731 :  
2. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2682 : 4½ 
3. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2768 : 4
4. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2700 : 3½ 
5. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2693 : 3½
6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2753 : 3

What a  sweet revenge by GM Wesley So against GM Dominguez, who on 21 Jan 2014 @ Tata Steel 2014 (Master’s Group/’A’-Group) in Wijk aan Zee also in R8 was defeated by the latter in just 21 moves.  This time, GM So got his revenge and victory in their Sicilian, Najdorf (B90) encounter that lasted in 64th move when Domínguez seeing a queening white pawn was imminent, resigned.

Live ratings of GM Wesley So (PHI)2731), Tournament Performance Rating (TPR) and his scheduled opponents until R10. 

GM Wesley So, already had gained a +13.6 in rating points and increased his Live rating after R8 to 2744.6, now his “Personal Highest Live Rasting” that propelled him to #15 in the Live Chess Ratings of the Top chess players in the world. @ http://2700chess.com.  His Tournament performance rating (TPR) after R8 is 2859. 

With just two rounds left (R9 & R10) @ Capablanca Memorial 2014,  Wesley So @ 20 … the youngest among the 6-participants  is getting closer to the title.  His last two opponents would be GM Ivanchuk, Vassily(UKR)2753 (R9) and GM Almasi, Zoltan(HUN)2693 (R10).

From the sideline, GM Susan Polgar,  Wesley So’s coach at Webster U had kibitz this to Barangay Wesley (BW) @ chessgames.com.

“Wesley asked for opening notes from his one of his teammates last night. He was prepared for the Sicilian against Dominguez. And also now that Wesley has reached #15 in the world, the next goal is to get to the top 10. One goal at a time.”

“2 more games left. Every game has been hard fought so far. Wesley is much fitter now. He can withstand long grinding games for the duration.”

 Round 9 (17 May) Pairings:

Zoltan Almasi  – Lazaro Bruzon Batista
Vassily Ivanchuk – Wesley So
Leinier Dominguez Perez – Francisco Vallejo Pons 
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The two remaining games (R9 to R10 : 17-18 May)  starts at 3PM (Havana time) or 3AM (PHI time).PHI time is 12 hrs ahead than Havana time. Live games could be watched and replayed at the following sites:
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https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream_tournaments/show/127
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