HAVANA.- Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk was crowned for the eighth time in the Elite group of the 54th Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament that took place in Havana´s Habana Libre Hotel.

In the tenth and final round, Ivanchuk beat India's Baskaran Adhiban in 37 moves of an Indobenoni defense and completed seven points, thus surpassing American Samuel Sevian and Spain's David Anton in half a unit.

The latter reached this round as leader, but he drew with Cuban Carlos Albornoz, from Camagüey province, in 79 movements of an English opening and finished third after totaling 6.5 points, same amount of Sevian, who defeated the also local Yuri Gonzalez and ranked second by having better tiebreak than Anton.

Adhiban and Albornoz (3.5 each) appeared 4th and 5th in that order, while Gonzalez (3) ranked last.

Cuban Arnaldo Fernandez became champion of the Open group when beat the favorite and also local Isan Ortiz, and achieved his first great triumph by amounting eight out of 10 points.

With the same amount, but with worse tie-break, his countryman Michel Diaz finished second and the experienced also Cuban Lelys Martinez (7.5) ranked third.