New Cuban Chess Champion: Yuniesky Quesada, Grand Master from the central Cuban province of Villa Clara

As there are moments that occur once in a lifetime, last night, Villa Clara GM Yuniesky Quesada (2546) did not miss the chance to celebrate before spectators after prevailing over Santiago FIDE (World Chess Federation) Grand Master, “the electric” Lelys Martínez (2445), and became new Cuban Chess Champion.

The defeated his opponent with a sixty-move Sicilian Defense and secured a place on the team that will attend the next Chess OlympicsYuniesky used a traditional method: defending first with black pieces and then with white pieces to win against an inspired rival who never gave in. It seemed as if the Wednesday game was going to end in draw until the Santa Clara youth was given an opportunity and was able to beat his contender in 60 moves with a Sicilian Defense, reported Luis Salabarría.

The rising king did not play against former champion GM Lázaro Bruzón (2607) since the latter was eliminated by Lelys in the semi-finals; nor did he go against Cuba’s undisputed ranking leader GM Leinier Domínguez (2691), who fell ill and couldn’t participate. Nevertheless, these occurrences cannot take the credit away from him. The prize couldn’t have been better; he now belongs to the Cuban Team that will attend next Chess Olympic Games in November.

Here is the full article.

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