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¡Hazañas Latinoamericanas!

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Fue una a semana de grandes éxitos para los ajedrecistas latinoamericanos. Primero, el cubano Leinier Domínguez, quien está al toque de entrar en la lista de los 20 mejores del mundo, le ganó al Campeonato Mundial de Ajedrez Relámpago en Almaty, Kazajstán. Domínguez terminó con un puntaje impresionante de 11.5 de 15 e invicto (¡!) contra varios de los mejores jugadores del mundo. Basta ver los nombres ilustres que terminaban debajo del cubano: Ivanchuk, Svidler, Grischuk, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Morozevich, Kamsky...

Sorry, got carried away there. What an upset by Cuba's Leinier Dominguez! Okay, it's just blitz, but to take clear first undefeated ahead of such a strong field is very impressive to say the least. The 25-year-old Cuban played in a blitz training event in Cuba while working with the Olympiad team and clearly it helped. He finished a half point ahead of defending world blitz champ Vassily Ivanchuk. It's a pity that many of the games in the PGN files at TWIC and the official site are garbage. Haven't they learned not to rely on the automated boards for blitz? Put a decent player next to each board with a scoresheet. One for each player if you must.

Dominguez has been moving up the rating list steadily and is poised to cross 2700 and enter the top-20. This is the biggest win for Cuban chess in a long time and the first big FIDE title since the world junior wins of Walter Arencibia (1986) and Lázaro Bruzón (2000). ChessBase has a photo report up.

In the virtual world, young Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga won the ICC online qualifier to play in the prestigious Corus C group next January. He defeated Brazil's GM Fier 3-1 in the final. The games took place with proctors observing the players. It started as a KO with 16 players. I'm not sure if Iturrizaga was a GM in time to make our list of countries with exactly one Grandmaster a while back. There are quite a few of those in Latin America.


¡Vaya Sorpresa que me he llevado esta mañana! Y muy agradable ademas.

Gracias Miguel por escribir una noticia, aunque sea tan solo un párrafo, en español.

Y bravo también por Cuba y Venezuela.


Víctor Rodríguez.

"Dominguez has been moving up the rating list steadily and is poised to cross 2700 and enter the top-20."

hm? is mig trying to get accepted to the beginner class of the prophecy school, or something?

dominguez crossed 2700 for the july rating list (with 2708), which he pushed to 2719 in the october list, incidentally implying a shared 20th place (only having played fewer games than gelfand of the others rated 2719 then).

hence, crossing 2700 and entering top-20 seem like modest goals for him at the moment... :o)

Kudos for the organizers of Corus and ICC for organizing this online qualifier. ICC has an extensive network of credible administrators all over the over to act as proctors so this is a great idea for all parties involved including spectators at ICC. It gives a chance to players outside of Europe, who normally dont get invitations to play round robins in Europe, to fight for a spot in a prestigious tournament such as Corus. An online qualifier with proctors observing the games eliminates the risk of cheating and results in huge savings in terms of airline tickets and accomodation for the players. Very interesting idea, worth serious consideration by organizers of elite chess tournaments.

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