The fourth round of Capablanca International Chess Tournament in Memoriam provided several wins for Cubans and Cubans. The competition It takes place in the National Hotel of Cuba with the participation of chess players from the Island and several foreigners.
Luis Ernesto Quesada, in the Elite group, and Yaniela Forgas and Lisandra Ordaz, in the Premier section, only for women, advanced to the top of the table with their victories.
The Avilanian Luis Ernesto Quesada prevailed in 32 moves of a Pawn-Queen opening against the Argentine Sandro Mareco, one of the pre-competition favorites with the highest Elo percentage, turned into one of the disappointments of the moment, with two consecutive defeats in four games .
With black pieces, the Cuban managed to prevail in a few moves, in a game where he knew how to take advantage of his opponent’s mistakes, according to the information published on the digital portal Hit. His coach Rodney Pérez highlighted the victory of his disciple and said that he “is a player with many resources. He always looks at positions, even complex ones and he showed it in this game”.
The Cuban is now third in the Elite group with 2.5 points, out of a possible four, one point behind the Indian Surya Ganguly, leader with 3.5 units by obtaining his third victory of the day, this time against the local Omar Almeida, in a clash of just 20 moves of a Pirc defense.
Another Cuban who fell in the fourth round was Isán Ortiz against the Turkish Mustafa Yilmaz, and in a clash of players from the patio, Carlos Daniel Albornoz from Camagüey prevailed over national champion Yasser Quesada.
The Elite group has the Indian Ganguly in front with 3.5 units, followed by the American Hans Niemann with three points and Luis Ernesto from Avila closes the podium, tied with 2.5 with Yilmaz and the Azerbaijani Vasif Durarbayli; the Argentine Mareco (two) and the other Cubans Quesada, Almeida, Ortiz and Albornoz, all with a solitary point.
In the Premier, designated only for women, the Cuban Yaniela Forgas made the king of the Argentine Carolina Luján bow, while in a national duel, Lisandra Ordaz prevailed over Yuleisy Hernández.
Both winners are second in the section with three points, surpassed by only half a unit by the Romanian Irina Bulmaga, who beat the Peruvian Deysi Cori, another favorite of the tournament with the best Elo among the 10 registered.
Meanwhile, in the Open group, with 122 competitors, 11 chess players fight for the lead with 3.5 points, including Cubans Lelys Martínez, Yuri González, Henry Soto and Alexey Fernández. The Senior section looks somewhat calmer, for those over 60 years of age, where the Cuban Félix Gómez leads alone with three and a half units.