Georg Meier and Boris Savchenko take lead at Capablanca Memorial

Dominguez and Khekin draw

Georg Meier sq

Georg Meier

Georg Meier and Boris Savchenko won their round 2 games to take lead at the Capablanca Memorial 2009. Savchenko managed to defeat the local player Lazaro Bruzon in an English opening (40 moves), while in the same setup Georg Meier was quicker against Artyom Timofeev (27 moves).

The top seeded GM Leinier Dominguez divided the point with Igor Khekin. The game was a 53 moves closed Ruy Lopez, in which Dominguez sought the victory, but the German player was stable in defence. At a certain point Dominguez could make a break on the queenside, but chose imprecise move order and Khekin could go away with more than a draw.

GM Neuris Delgado won an important game in the Premier group against the top seeded GM Fidel Corrales. Delgado had the black pieces and in defeated his opponent in a 49 move Sicilian to take the lead with 1,5/2 after all games finished draw yesterday (scroll down for full results). This leaves Corrales at the last spot, with 0 points, but with a game less.

Download the PGN from the elite and premier group.

Both Neuris Delgado and Lazaro Bruzon confirmed their participation in the Zonal 2.3 after the Capablanca Memorial. The Zonal will be a qualification for the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk.

Elite group

1.- GM Leinier Domínguez (CUB-2721)

2.- GM Igor Khenkin (GER-2630)

3.- GM Artyom Timofeev (RUS-2667)

4.- GM Boris Savchenko (RUS-2655)

5.- GM Georg Meier (GER-2641)

6.- GM Lázaro Bruzón (CUB-2617)

Round 1

GM Leinier Domínguez – GM Lázaro Bruzón 1/2-1/2

GM Artyom Timofeev – GM Boris Savchenko 1/2-1/2

GM Igor Khenkin – GM Georg Meier 1/2-1/2

Round 2

GM Leinier Domínguez – GM Igor Khenkin 1/2-1/2

GM Lázaro Bruzón – GM Boris Savchenko 0-1

GM Georg Meier – GM Artyom Timofeev 1-0

Standings:

1-2. Meier, Savchenko 1,5

3-4. Dominguez, Khekin 1,0

5-6. Bruzon, Timofeev 0,5

Premier group

1.- GM Fidel Corrales (CUB-2574)

2.- GM Neuris Delgado (CUB-2572)

3.- GM Vladimir Potkin (RUS-2621)

4.- GM Yuniesky Quesada (CUB-2596)

5.- GM Emilio Córdova (PER-2543)

6.- GM Holden Hernández (CUB-2573)

Round 1

GM Neuris Delgado – GM Emilio Córdova 1/2-1/2

GM Vladimir Potkin – GM Yuniesky Quesada 1/2-1/2

GM Fidel Corrales – GM Holden Hernández (postponed)

Round 2

GM Fidel Corrales – GM Neuris Delgado 0-1

GM Holden Hernández – GM Yuniesky Quesada 1/2-1/2

GM Emilio Córdova – GM Vladimir Potkin 1/2-1/2

Standings

1. Delgado 1,5

2-4. Quesada, Cordova, Potkin 1,0

5. Holden 0,5

6. Corrales 0