Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) Hungarian Grandmaster Zoltan Almasi was on the verge of crowning champion in the 48 edition of the chess tournament Capablanca Memorial, beating his Russian counterpart Ernesto Inarkiev, during the ninth and penultimate round.

Almasi, who has an ELO of 2 689 points, beat his opponent (2690) in 41 moves of a Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, and reached 6.5 units, leader of the tournament, but it is clear that this will be his final score.

In that score of 6.5 points the player includes a tied game before Russian GM Dmitry Andreikin (2724).

Cuban GMs Leinier Dominguez (2723) remains in second place, followed by his countryman Yunieski Quesada (2608).

Dominguez defeated the Indian Pentala Harikrishna (2705), after battling for 43 moves of another Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, and remains undefeated, with two wins and seven tied matches.

Dominguez and Quesada, only players with chances of reaching the leader Almasi, will play today in the last round of Capablanca Memorial, while the other match of the day will be between Harikrishna and Inarkiev.

The 48th edition of Capablanca Memorial Chess tournament is played in the Hotel Havana Riviera and has, in the Elite group, an average ELO of 2690.

Positions alter nine rounds:

Elite Group:

-1.Zoltan Almasi (HUN/2689) 6.5.

-2.Leinier Domínguez (CUB/2723) 5.5.

-2.Yuniesky Quesada (CUB/2608) 5.5.

-4.Dmitry Andreikin (RUS/2724) 4.5.

-5.Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS/2690) 3.5.

-6.Pentala Harikrishna (IND/2705) 2.5.

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