Ivanchuk's called upon his experience to find the right line to reduce losing chances to a minimum. He chose a steady line of the English where he induced an early exchange of queens, and with a symmetric structure the minor pieces followed. The draw was inevitable and kept him ahead of his main rival.
|Vassily Ivanchuk||2741||UKR||0.5-0.5||Ian Nepomniachtchi||2695||RUS||18||English opening|
|Leinier Dominguez Perez||2713||CUB||1-0||Evgeny Alekseev||2700||RUS||55||Catalan opening|
|Nigel Short||2685||ENG||1-0||Lazaro Bruzon Batista||2668||CUB||48||Sicilian Najdorf|
Those lines of the Sicilian Najdorf involving 6.Bg5 are generally considered to be some of the sharpest theoretical lines around. This game however was a quiet manoeuvring game where theory wasn't important! White's advantage consisted of the fact that castling was always going to be a delicate operation for Black. Bruzon delayed this until move thirty (when he had ran out of useful manoeuvres) but his monarch still came under pressure. Bruzon survived for a while, but Short won a pawn and kept up a decisive attack on Black's king even after simplification.
Dominguez won his first game after a temporary piece sacrifice in the early middlegame led to Alekseev having the most vulnerable king. The Russian gave up a pawn to activate in the queen and rook pseudo-ending, but Dominguez carefully consolidated before reverting to a direct attack to finish the game.
|Position||Name||Country||Official Rating||Highest ever Rating||Virtual Rating before Havana||World ranking||Age||Final points tally||Rating change|
|3rd-4th||Leinier Dominguez Perez||CUB||2713||2721||2713||28||26||5.5||+3|
|5th-6th||Lazaro Bruzon Batista||CUB||2668||2677||2668||63||28||3||-15|
So the positions remain the same after the final round.
In terms of rating points, Ivanchuk's gain more-or-less negates his recent dissappointing performances.
Nepomniachtchi goes above 2700 for the first time.
Alekseev loses this status after a poor result.
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