Ivanchuk Leading Chess Championship in Cuba

Ivanchuk Leading Chess Championship in Cuba

Havana, Nov 28 (ACN) Grand Master (GM) Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine 2,714 ELO points), is leading the Capablanca in Memoriam Chess Tournament, in full swing at Havana's Riviera Hotel.

On Monday, Ivanchuk defeated Cuban GM Jesus Nogueiras (2,554 ELO, black pieces) in 52 moves. The match was a lesson in positioning until halfway through when the imagination and creativity of the Ukrainian led him to victory in the match and an increase in his tournament lead, Granma daily reported.

In another closely watched match, GM Evgueny Bareev (2,683), playing with the white pieces, gave Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez (2,655) his first loss in 58 moves. The Russian moved into third place in the tournament.

Cuba's GM Lazaro Bruzon (2,648) saved face for the locals by defeating GM Kamil Miton (2,638) of Poland in 43 moves.

At the end of Monday's play, the tournament standings are as follows: Ivanchuk 5 points; Miton 4; Bareev 3.5; Leinier and Bruzon 3, Noguerias 2.5.

On Tuesday, Kamil plays Bareev; Leinier faces Ivanchuk and Noguerias vs. Bruzon. (C.W.)

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