The Capablanca Memorial: Nepomniachtchi Has Almost Caught Up With Ivanchuk and Will Play Against Him in the Penultimate Round

Время публикации: 13.05.2012 18:40 | Последнее обновление: 13.05.2012 18:47

Vassily Ivanchuk has kept the lead two rounds before the end of the main tournament of the Capablanca Memorial; however, his gap from Nepomniachtchi has reduced to half a point. A lot, if not all, will be decided by their encounter in the ninth and penultimate round. The Russian will be playing with white.

In the eighth round, Nepomniachtchi won against Victor Laznicka in a dynamic struggle by playing a strategically risky opening with black: the Dutch Defence. The first ten moves were repeated from Grischuk - Nakamura from the Tal Memorial 2010. This game ended a lot quicker than the other two.

The leader Vassily Ivanchuk didn't play the best way against Yuniesky Quesada; there was a real chance of the Ukrainian losing, in which case Nepomniachtchi would have been level on points with him. At the end, Ivanchuk managed to save himself.

IVANCHUK - QUESADA

41.e6!
The idea is that after 41...fxe6 42.Qxe6 Black cannot take the pawn with a check 42...Qxg3+?? due to 43.Rg2, and it doesn't help to play 43...d2 because of 44.Qe7!+ Kh6 45.Qxd8.
The following move was played:
41...f6
But after
42.e7 Re8 43.Qf2 Qe4 44.Qf1
Ivanchuk led this game to a draw without much trouble
.

In another eighth round game, Vladimir Potkin ended up a pawn down in the endgame against Leinier Dominguez, but managed to draw after many moves in defence.

[Event "47th Capablanca Mem Elite"] [Site "Havana CUB"] [Date "2012.05.12"] [Round "8"] [White "Potkin, V."] [Black "Dominguez Perez, L."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D97"] [WhiteElo "2642"] [BlackElo "2725"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2012.05.03"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 a6 8. Be2 b5 9. Qb3 c5 10. dxc5 Bb7 11. e5 Nfd7 12. Be3 e6 13. O-O Qc7 14. a4 Nxc5 15. Qb4 Nxa4 16. Nxa4 bxa4 17. Bb6 Qd7 18. Bc5 Rc8 19. Bd6 Bd5 20. Rxa4 Nc6 21. Qa3 a5 22. h4 Qb7 23. h5 Qb3 24. Qxb3 Bxb3 25. Ra3 Bd5 26. Rfa1 Bf8 27. b4 Nxb4 28. Rxa5 Rxa5 29. Rxa5 Nc6 30. Rc5 Bxd6 31. exd6 Rd8 32. hxg6 hxg6 33. Bb5 Rxd6 34. Bxc6 Bxc6 35. Ne5 Be8 36. f3 Kf8 37. Rc8 g5 38. Ng4 Ke7 39. Nf6 Kxf6 40. Rxe8 Kf5 41. Ra8 e5 42. Kf2 g4 43. Ra7 f6 44. Kg3 Rd3 45. Ra4 gxf3 46. gxf3 Rd7 47. Rb4 Rd2 48. Ra4 Rd4 49. Ra6 Kg5 50. Ra5 Rd3 51. Rb5 Kf5 52. Rb6 Rd8 53. Rb4 Rd6 54. Ra4 Kg6 55. Ra5 Kf7 56. f4 Rd3+ 57. Kf2 e4 58. f5 Rf3+ 59. Ke2 Kg7 60. Ra4 Rxf5 61. Rxe4 Kg6 62. Rg4+ Kh5 63. Rg3 Kh4 64. Rf3 Re5+ 65. Kf2 f5 66. Rf4+ Kg5 67. Ra4 Rc5 68. Kf3 Rc3+ 69. Kf2 Rc2+ 70. Kf3 1/2-1/2 [Event "47th Capablanca Mem Elite"] [Site "Havana CUB"] [Date "2012.05.12"] [Round "8"] [White "Ivanchuk, V."] [Black "Quesada Perez, Yu"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E11"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2625"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2012.05.03"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Bxd2+ 5. Qxd2 d5 6. g3 c6 7. Bg2 Nbd7 8. O-O b6 9. Na3 O-O 10. Rfc1 Bb7 11. cxd5 Ne4 12. Qf4 exd5 13. Nc4 Ndf6 14. Nfd2 Nxd2 15. Nxd2 Re8 16. e3 Qe7 17. Rc2 a5 18. Rac1 a4 19. a3 Nh5 20. Qf5 g6 21. Qd3 Nf6 22. Rc3 Ra5 23. Qc2 Kg7 24. h4 h5 25. Bh3 Qd6 26. Qd1 Qe7 27. R3c2 Ba8 28. Qe1 c5 29. dxc5 Rxc5 30. Bg2 Rxc2 31. Rxc2 d4 32. Bxa8 Rxa8 33. e4 Ng4 34. Nf3 Rd8 35. Rc6 Ne5 36. Nxe5 Qxe5 37. f4 Qb5 38. Rc2 Qb3 39. Rd2 Qf3 40. e5 d3 41. e6 f6 42. e7 Re8 43. Qf2 Qe4 44. Qf1 Qd4+ 45. Qf2 Qe4 46. Qf1 Qd4+ 47. Qf2 Qd7 48. Qf3 Rxe7 49. Rxd3 Qb5 50. Rd2 Qc5+ 51. Kh2 b5 52. Qd3 Qe3 53. Qd5 Qe1 54. Rg2 Qf1 55. Rc2 Re2+ 56. Rxe2 Qxe2+ 57. Qg2 Qc4 58. Qd2 Kf7 59. Qd7+ Kf8 60. Qd8+ Kf7 1/2-1/2 [Event "47th Capablanca Mem Elite"] [Site "Havana CUB"] [Date "2012.05.12"] [Round "8"] [White "Laznicka, V."] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, I."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A81"] [WhiteElo "2693"] [BlackElo "2716"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2012.05.03"] 1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. b3 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. Nf3 d6 7. O-O c6 8. c4 Qc7 9. Nbd2 a5 10. Qc2 Na6 11. a3 Re8 12. Rfd1 e5 13. c5 e4 14. cxd6 Qxd6 15. Nc4 Qc7 16. Nfe5 Be6 17. f3 exf3 18. exf3 f4 19. Qd2 Nd5 20. Qxa5 b6 21. Qd2 b5 22. Na5 Bxe5 23. dxe5 Ne3 24. Qc3 Nxd1 25. Rxd1 Qb6+ 26. Kh1 Nc5 27. Nxc6 Rac8 28. Nd4 Na4 29. bxa4 Rxc3 30. Bxc3 bxa4 31. Nxe6 Qb3 32. Rc1 Qxa3 33. Bd2 Rxe6 34. Bxf4 Qb2 35. Bh3 Re7 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Bf1 Qb7 38. Rd8 a3 39. Bc4 Qb1+ 0-1 

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