Dominguez and Bruzon Confirmed for Chess Qualifying Tournament

Havana, Cuba, Mar 8.- Cuban chess players Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon are among the 13 players to participate in the 2.3 Absolute Zonal Chess Qualifying Tournament to take place in Dominican Republic from March 18-28, as published Tuesday on the official website of the Dominican Chess Federation

Latin American ranking leader Dominguez (2,716 Elo) and Bruzon (2,686) are the top ranked players in the list of 13 published on the website and that will be completed by a second representative from Mexico, in addition to Manuel Leon Hoyos (2,546), that has been announced yet.

Participating in the event from host country are Lisandro Muñoz (2,401) and Adam Mazara (2,298). The list also includes David Arenas (2,420) and Sergio Barrientos (2,499), both from Colombia; Bernal Gonzalez (2,430) and Leonardo Valdez (2,369) from Costa Rica.

Represented by only one contestant will be Jamaica with Jomo Pitterson (2,263), Barbados with Martin Del Castilho (2,205), and Trinidad and Tobago with Cabralis Keron (2,203).

Although there is still one Mexican contestant to be included in the list, the tournament’s average Elo so far is 2,408, much lower than those of the Cuban competitors who are the favourite to win the two tickets to the World Chess Cup although, according to experts, their Elo could be reduced.

A couple of years ago, in San Jose de Costa Rica, Bruzon became the champion of the qualifying tournament winning seven of nine possible points and a place to the World Cup. (ACN)


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