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New schedule for the next Capablanca in Memoriam Chess Championship



HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 12 (ACN) In order to avoid the coincidence with the Continental Championship of America, the organizers of the Capablanca in Memoriam Chess Tournament moved up the event to the second half of April.

“The Continental tournament is very important for all the players, including the Cubans,” said Carlos Rivero, president of the Cuban Chess Federation, “so we decided to change the date of our event, to be hosted this time by Hotel Nacional de Cuba but with the usual format—an elite group of 10 players (five guests and five Cubans) made up of top-level players. There will also be a second all-women section called Premier with 10 players, and the customary Open group, based on a Swiss system. As a novelty, the event will be feature a fourth group called Senior for players over 60 years of age.”

“Children will also have their space in the well-known Buscando un Capablanca (Looking for a Capablanca) competition,” he added, “and we will still have the lectures and courses given by renowned Masters.”
The last in-person version of the Capablanca, held in May 2019 at the Habana Libre Hotel, ended with the eighth triumph of the Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk.

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