SIMPLECHESS

Three draws in Havana

Local favourite Leinier Dominguez Perez was only able to draw with leader Vassily Ivanchuk. He is still however in equal second as nobody else was able to win either in the third round of the Capablanca Memorial.

Ivanchuk made an enterprising exchange positional sacrifice on c3 and obtained sufficient compensation, but no more than enough to hold the balance.

The other two games came from the Spanish, noting in particular Alekseev-Bruzon that yet again demonstrates that the fashionable 'Berlin-wall' defence is rock-solid!

WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackCountryRatingNo. MovesOpening
Leinier Dominguez Perez2713CUB0.5-0.5Vassily Ivanchuk2741UKR40Sicilian Richter-Rauzer
Ian Nepomniachtchi2695RUS0.5-0.5Nigel Short2685ENG31Spanish
Evgeny Alekseev2700RUS0.5-0.5Lazaro Bruzon Batista2668CUB22Spanish Berlin

Ivanchuk retains his full point lead as three draws maintains the status quo.

PositionNameCountryOfficial RatingHighest ever RatingVirtual Rating before HavanaWorld rankingAgePoints after 2 rounds
1stVassily IvanchukUKR27412787272612412.5
2nd-4thLeinier Dominguez PerezCUB27132721271328261.5
2nd-4thIan NepomniachtchiRUS2695Actual269542191.5
2nd-4thLazaro Bruzon BatistaCUB26682677266863281.5
5th-6thEvgeny AlekseevRUS27002725271137291
5th-6thNigel ShortENG26852712268348451

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