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Short wins in the Capablanca Memorial

Nigel Short combined well to overcome Evgeny Alekseev, whereas the leader Vassily Ivanchuk was easily held by Lazaro Bruzon Batista in a Queen's Gambit.
Ivanchuk is ahead on 3/4 followed by a group of four players on 50%.

Nigel Short's first win came from the Nimzo-indian defence, a line which the Cuban site proudly describes as the 'Capablanca variation'. The curious aspect of this game was that the Englishman left his king 'on starters' and simply got on with his central line-opening play, a tempo having been saved by not castling! The breakthrough came via an exchange sacrifice that left Alekseev tied up and unable to create sufficiently dangerous counterplay. Short had no problem demonstrating how to convert his advantage in the endgame of two bishops against rook.

WhiteRatingCountryResultBlackCountryRatingNo. MovesOpening
Vassily Ivanchuk2741UKR0.5-0.5Lazaro Bruzon Batista2668CUB34Queen's Gambit Declined
Leinier Dominguez Perez2713CUB0.5-0.5Ian Nepomniachtchi2695RUS43Neo-Grünfeld
Nigel Short2685ENG1-0Evgeny Alekseev2700RUS40Nimzo-indian

Bruzon seemed to equalize easily and his control of the open lines on the queenside fully compensated White's extra space.

Leinier Dominguez fianchettoed his king's bishop against the Grünfeld and Nepomniachtchi replied with the most solid symmetrical defence. Although one could argue that White had the better structure, Black's queen was in the white camp and put a stop to any serious winning attempts.

PositionNameCountryOfficial RatingHighest ever RatingVirtual Rating before HavanaWorld rankingAgePoints after 2 rounds
1stVassily IvanchukUKR27412787272612413
2nd-5thLeinier Dominguez PerezCUB27132721271328262
2nd-5thIan NepomniachtchiRUS2695Actual269542192
5th-5thNigel ShortENG26852712268348452
2nd-5thLazaro Bruzon BatistaCUB26682677266863282
6thEvgeny AlekseevRUS27002725271137291

Short's victory takes him back into the pack, whereas Alekseev is now a point adrift.

A poor start for Evgeny Alekseev @ Europe Echecs

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