The Fourth for Leinier
The Grand Master Leinier Domínguez (2725 Elo points) overcame his counterpart Lazaro Bruzon (2711) on Monday, and got his fourth crown in the Cuban National Chess Championship, based in Ciego de Avila.
According to Jit review, Leinier, who took the white pieces, got 1.5 units, as in the first of the classical games on Sunday; the game was even, not leaving Bruzon the possibility to obtain his sixth title.
Dominguez took his revenge this time, because in his last match for the crown, Lazaro defeated him in 2007. Now the story picks up a draw (2-2) between the two most prominent chess players of the court, both located in the top forty of the world.
The victory came after 38 moves of a Ruy Lopez opening, Berlin variant, in contrast to the prolonged first match of 129 moves. Leinier adds this championship to those won in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
Meanwhile, in the match for the third place, bronze was awarded to the GM Yuniesky Quesada (2625), after dominating the promising Isam Ortiz (2572) in the second of two tiebreak games of 15 minutes.
The recently concluded distinguished Tournament, positively, by bringing back the two best players in the country, and for hosting the emerging Isam Ortiz, who defeated Leinier in the first game of -semifinals- only bent in fast duels by Yuniesky Quesada, who was the champion last year.
In the distance we can already glimpse the World Championships, scheduled in Russia in late August, and apparently, it is already defined, focused on these four players, the Cuban team players who are going to improve regular performances in recent years.