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 :½-½
Standings after 8 rounds
1. So, Wesley g PHI 2731 : 5½
2. Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2682 : 4½
3. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2768 : 4
4. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2700 : 3½
5. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2693 : 3½
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 Domínguez 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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