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.
|Vassily Ivanchuk||2741||UKR||0.5-0.5||Lazaro Bruzon Batista||2668||CUB||34||Queen's Gambit Declined|
|Leinier Dominguez Perez||2713||CUB||0.5-0.5||Ian Nepomniachtchi||2695||RUS||43||Neo-Grünfeld|
|Nigel Short||2685||ENG||1-0||Evgeny Alekseev||2700||RUS||40||Nimzo-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.
|Position||Name||Country||Official Rating||Highest ever Rating||Virtual Rating before Havana||World ranking||Age||Points after 2 rounds|
|2nd-5th||Leinier Dominguez Perez||CUB||2713||2721||2713||28||26||2|
|2nd-5th||Lazaro Bruzon Batista||CUB||2668||2677||2668||63||28||2|
Short's victory takes him back into the pack, whereas Alekseev is now a point adrift.
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