R8: WESLEY SO WIDENS LEAD AT CAPABLANCA?2014
By Jose "joeyj" Jereos Jr.
Sat, 17 May 2014
Round 8 (16 May) -- The Philippines? top Grandmaster Wesley So scored his 3rd victory in the prestigious 49th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament (2014), a category 19 event, this time against the top seed and World?s #10 ranked GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier(2768) of the host country Cuba.
Round 8 turned out to be the most decisive round so far with 2 won games and 1 drawn game. The 3rd seed?Wesley So now has 5.5/8 (+3-0=5) points and widens his?lead to a full point over GM?Bruzon Batista, Lazaro(CUB)2682, the new 2nd placer after R8 with 4.5/8 who won his game versus?Vallejo Pons, Francisco(ESP)2700 in the 38th move of French defense. ?The third game of the round, also a French defense game, between GMs Almasi & Ivanchuk, ended in a 57th move draw.?
Round 8 results
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro vs Vallejo Pons, Francisco?:1-0
So, Wesley vs Dominguez Perez, Leinier?:1-0
Almasi, Zoltan vs Ivanchuk, Vassily?:?-??
Standings after 8 rounds
1. So, Wesley g PHI 2731 :?5??
2. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2682 :?4??
3. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2768 :?4
4. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2700 :?3??
5. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2693?: 3?
6. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2753?:?3
What a ?sweet revenge by GM Wesley So against GM Dominguez, who on 21 Jan 2014 @?Tata Steel 2014?(Master?s Group/?A?-Group) in Wijk aan Zee?also in R8, Dominguez defeated So in just 21 moves. ?This time, GM?So got his revenge and victory in their?Sicilian, Najdorf?(B90)?encounter that lasted in 64th move when?Dom?nguez seeing a queening white pawn was imminent, resigned.
GM Wesley So, already has gained a?+13.6?in rating points and increased his?Live rating after R8 to 2744.6, his ?Personal Highest Live Rasting? that propelled him to?#15 in the Live Chess Ratings of the Top chess players in the world.?@?http://2700chess.com. ?His Tournament performance rating?(TPR) after R8 is 2859.?
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