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Capablanca Mem 2013 Rd3-GM Almasi(HUN)

Andrew Martin Analyzes
The featured Almasi game is analyzed by IM Andrew Martin on his Youtube Chanel-The Yately Manor Chess Master.

TWIC 964
GM Almasi rolled out the big guns and went for 6.Bg5 against the Sicilian Najdorf. GM Harikrishna defended with 6…Nbd7 and a sharp battle followed.

Here is the feature game.

Almasi,Z (2689) – Harikrishna,P (2705)
Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 [B94]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (3.3), 23.04.2013

Position 1
The position is sharp. White has just attacked the queen with 28.Nd7. What do you recommend for black?

  • 28…Qb7
  • 28…Qc7
  • Something else

Black to Play


Capablanca Memorial 2013 Rd8-GM Almasi, Z(HUN)

TWIC 964
The Berlin Wall Declined(4.d3)
GM Almasi won a complex defensive battle against GM Harikrishna,P in rd8.

Almasi offered to defend the Berlin Wall but white declined with 4.d3 preferring a complex middlegame. Almasi chose the fresh defensive plan of ..Re8 to support e5 while delaying moving the d-pawn and quickly reached an original position after 7…Bb6(diagram)


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Here is the feature game.

Harikrishna,P (2705) – Almasi,Z (2689)
Spanish 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0–0 6.0–0 Re8 [C65]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (8.2), 29.04.2013

Position 1
White has sacrificed a rook for a quick knockout on the kingside. A precise defense is required. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play


Capablanca Mem Elite 2013 Rd9-GM Almasi,Z(HUN)

TWIC 965
GM Almasi won with a blend of solidarity and aggression from the black side of a Four Knights game with the odd looking 4…Bd6!?(diagram)


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Here is the feature game.

Inarkiev,E (2688) – Almasi,Z (2689) 
Four Knights 4…Bd6[C48] 
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (9.3), 30.04.2013

Position 1
Black is pressing the kingside and has the better structure. What do you recommend for black?(more than one answer)

Black to Play

Capablanca Mem Elite 2013 Rd4-GM Almasi,Z(HUN)

TWIC 964
GM Almasi took clear first in the recent Capablanca Memorial. In round 4 he won with a nice attack using the ever popular English Attack against the Sicilian Kan.

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Interview(in Hungarian)

Interview in English by Cebalo(who also translates)

Here is the feature game.

Almasi,Z (2689) – Inarkiev,E (2688) 
Sicilian Kan English Attack
4… Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0–0–0 Be7 9.f3 [B48]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (4.1), 24.04.2013

Position 1

White has a nice attack going. The g,h files have been cleared; white’s queenside is secure from counterattack and Ba6 is just a spectator. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

Capablanca Memorial 2013-GM Almasi,Z(HUN) Clear First

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ChessBase Report
‘For the first time since 2010 the Capablanca Memorial Elite group did not include GM Vassily Ivanchuk among its participants. In his six trips to Havana, the Ukrainian has only lost two games and only once was his ultimate triumph in danger.

His unfortunate absence led to a variety of predictions and more than a few hoped GM Leinier Dominguez would win his third title in this event. As it was, the best chess player in Latin America, with 2723 Elo, finished in third place.

GM Almasi

In the Elite there were several unexpected results. In his first trip to Havana, the Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2689) left a very good impression, and dominated the group with 6.5/10, thanks to four wins, five draws and a lone setback.

The veteran player, aged 37, added fifteen Elo points and will now return to the ever expanding list of players rated over 2700. (more)’

Final Standings
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Player FED Total
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
Here is an Almasi Game From the Tournament 
Comments by IM Andrew Martin from his Youtube chanel.