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Zoltan Almasi took clear first place at the Capablanca Memorial

For the first time since 2010, the Elite Group of the Capablanca Memorial did not see Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk among the participants.

In his first trip to the Caribbean island, Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2689) made a great impression. He obtained 6.5 points, thanks to four victories, five draws and only one defeat. This veteran 37 years-old player added 15 points to his Elo rating, which allowed him to join the 2700-club.

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Andreikin - Almasi

The only defeat suffered by Almasi was against the surprise of the event, GM Yuniesky Quesada. The player from Villa Clara seemed destined to finish in last place as he was by far the lowest rated player, however, he demonstrated a great level that allowed him to lead the event after eight rounds. He eventually finished in second place half a point the Hungarian.

GM Leinier Domínguez has already participated in three edition of this event and has not lost a single game. This year, he impressed with victories over Dmitry Andreikin (2727) and Pentala Harikrishna (2705). He added four points to his Elo rating and finished third in the standings.

Dominguez - Quesada

WGM Oleiny Linares (2321) showed an impressive level at the Premier Group. She took first place after winning five games and drawing in four occasions. This was enough for her to get an IM norm. Nicaraguan IM Carlos Davila (2304) finished in second place due to a worse tiebreak score.

IM Juan Carlos Obregón (2501) finished first in the Open Section after getting 8/9 points. GM Lazaro Bruzon, who arrived as the clear favorite, did not have a good tournament. He lost over seven Elo points and fell below the coveted 2700 points.

Madrigal - Linares

Juan Carlos Obregon (left)

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Final Standings – Elite Group:

1 Zoltan Almasi HUN 6.5
2 Yuniesky Quesada Perez CUB 6
Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB 6
4 Dmitry Andreikin RUS 4.5
5 Ernesto Inarkiev RUS 4
6 P. Harikrishna IND 3

Final Standings – Premier Group:

1 WGM Linares Napoles Oleiny 2321 CUB 7
2 IM Davila Carlos 2304 NCA 7
3 FM Borges Feria Yasel 2426 CUB
4 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza 2321 CUB 5
WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira 2319 CUB 5
6 WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa 2361 CUB
7 FM Sanchez Alvarez Roberto Carlo 2409 CUB
8 FM Perez Avendano Paul Omar 2264 MEX 3
9 IM Pazos Gambarrotti Plinio 2298 ECU 3
10 IM Madrigal Mariano 2167 NCA

Final Standings – Open Group:

1 IM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos 2501 CUB 8
2 GM Morovic Fernandez Ivan 2560 CHI
3 GM Martinez Duany Lelys Stanley 2459 CUB
4 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2707 CUB 7
5 GM Nogueiras Santiago Jesus 2493 CUB 7
6 IM Jimenez Fraga Pedro Alejandro 2441 CUB 7
7 IM Gonzalez De La Torre Santiago 2446 ESP
8 GM Swinkels Robin 2522 NED
9 FM Leyva Rivera Yunier 2408 CUB
10 GM Abreu Delgado Aryam 2477 CUB
11 IM Trent Lawrence 2425 ENG
12 FM Quesada Perez Yasser 2433 CUB
13 IM Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando 2483 ESP
IM Delgado Ramos Hector 2455 CUB
15 GM Kristiansen Jens 2433 DEN
16 FM Hernandez Marquez Noel 2358 CUB
17 IM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey 2453 CUB 6
18 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2525 CUB 6
19 FM Espinosa Veloz Ermes 2461 CUB 6
20 IM Otero Acosta Diasmany 2471 CUB 6
21 FM Oliva Castaneda Kevel 2376 CUB 6
22 GM Alvarez Pedraza Aramis 2500 CUB 6
23 IM Franco Alonso Alejandro 2504 ESP 6
24 IM Alarcon Casellas Rolando 2440 CUB 6
25 FM Fernandez Hernandez Arturo A. 2368 CUB 6
26 FM Miranda Mesa Elier 2411 CUB 6
27 FM Soto Hernandez Henry 2383 CUB 6
28 FM Larrua Gonzalez Fernando Osca 2295 CUB 6
29 FM Yanes Canizares Alejandro 2280 CUB 6
30 GM Borges Matos Juan 2439 CUB 6
31 IM Martin Del Campo C. Roberto 2400 MEX 6
32 GM De La Paz Perdomo Frank 2440 CUB 6
33 IM Leiva Giuseppe 2388 PER 6
34 CM Torres Rosas Luis Carlos 2298 MEX
35 GM Almeida Quintana Omar 2483 CUB
36 FM Garcia Pantoja Roberto 2425 CUB
37 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio 2515 CUB
38 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel 2542 CUB
39 FM Alonso Bouza Julio Javier 2318 CUB
40 FM Guerra Tulcan Lenin 2372 ECU
41 GM Pozo Vera Sandro 2485 CUB
42 IM Gongora Reyes Maikel Liber 2428 CUB
43 FM Girones Barrios Yans Richard 2312 CUB
44 FM Hernandez Gonzalez William 2327 CUB
45 FM Guerra Mojena Leandro 2373 CUB
46 Fuentes Dominguez Felix 2293 CUB
47 IM Ortega Amarelle Mariano 2446 CUB
48 FM Diaz Murgada Rider 2349 CUB
49 FM Vega Chirino Lemay 2362 CUB
50 WGM Marrero Lopez Yaniet 2311 CUB
51 FM Gutierrez Delgado Yusuan A. 2335 CUB
52 IM Vilela De Acuna Jose Luis 2326 CUB
53 FM Cuellar Diego 2323 PER 5
54 IM Ruiz C Joshua D 2357 COL 5
55 WGM Pina Vega Sulennis 2332 CUB 5
56 FM Ruiz Sanchez Orlen 2366 CUB 5
57 FM Ragolta Franco Eduardo 2301 CUB 5
58 FM Ordunez Echarte Dennys 2306 CUB 5
59 IM Aderito Pedro 2333 ANG 5
60 Vitier Vazquez Cristian 2260 CUB 5
61 FM Alvarez Ferreiro Roberto 2400 CUB 5
62 Lopez Gari Osvaldo 2291 CUB 5
63 Fernandez Rivero Karla July 2055 CUB 5
64 IM Perez Garcia Rodney Oscar 2385 CUB 5
65 IM Gomez Fontal Felix Manuel 2373 CUB 5
66 IM Estrada Nieto Julian 2284 MEX 5
67 WFM Miranda Rodriguez Tania 2131 CUB
68 Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario 2231 CUB
69 WIM Fleites Marti Yuleikys 2171 CUB
70 FM Calvo Quinteiro Jose Manuel 2248 CUB
71 FM Hernandez Noa Rodney 2310 CUB
72 WFM Ginesta Caballero Olga Lucia 2095 CUB
73 Marzo Arias Valentin 2227 CUB
74 FM Rosabal Contreras Yonisbel 2301 CUB
75 IM Lebredo Zaragoitia Gerardo 2200 CUB
76 FM Diaz Perez Michel Alejandro 2276 CUB
77 FM Olivares Canelles Francisco 2324 CUB
78 IM Morales Romero Pedro 2366 CUB
79 WIM Hernandez Moya Yuleisy 2227 CUB
80 FM Diaz Hernandez Heriberto 2345 CUB
81 FM Rodriguez Garcia Victor 2381 CUB
82 Perera Alfonso Rene Humberto 2301 CUB
83 WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra 2270 CUB
84 IM Macias Murillo Bryan 2298 ECU
85 WFM Romero Echeverria Abigail 2112 ECU 4
86 Cruz De La Osa Reyder 2223 CUB 4
87 FM Aucay Pelaez Mauro 2240 ECU 4
88 FM Salgado Segui Roberto 2226 CUB 4
89 Enrique Hernandez Eddy Ernest 2267 CUB 4
90 FM Gil Alba Hector Luis 2236 CUB 4
91 WIM Rivera Ingris 2165 COL 4
92 WFM Vargas Gabriela 2056 PAR 4
93 WFM Castillo Coca Mairebys 2094 CUB 4
94 WFM Catala Matienzo Ivette 2111 CUB 4
95 WFM Cardenas Ballester Maydelin 2118 CUB 4
96 WFM Aliaga Fernandez Ingrid Y 2184 PER 4
97 FM Barros Rivadeneira Cristhian 2222 ECU 4
98 WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel 2267 CUB 4
99 WIM Campos Vila Milena 2253 CUB 4
100 FM Figueredo Losada Leonel 2347 CUB 4
101 Infante Machin Brian Jose 2177 CUB
102 WFM Abarca Gonzalez Damaris 2026 CHI
103 WFM Romero Nunez Wendy 2107 CUB
104 Gonzalez Mesa Daniel 2275 CUB
105 WIM Espinosa Garcia Sandra 2089 CUB
106 WIM Franco Valencia Beatriz Irene 2158 COL 3
107 IM Gongora Montes Benjamin 2253 MEX 3
108 WFM Franco Valencia Angela 2167 COL 3
109 WGM Frometa Castillo Zirka 2121 CUB 3
110 WFM Cueto Rodriguez Janed 2138 CUB 3
111 WIM Fandino Reyes Roquelina 2067 CUB 3
112 WFM Gonzalez Ochoa Yoana 2060 CUB 3
113 WFM Pachon Adriana 2055 COL 2
114 FM Alarcon Tirado Cesar 2224 ECU 0

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