Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cuban chess Grandmasters head for World Cup in Russia

China View

2007-11-21 08:40:23 Print

HAVANA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Cuban chess Grandmasters Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon on Tuesday set off for Russian city Khanty-Mansiysk, which will host the Chess World Cup starting on Saturday.

It will be the third time that Dominguez, rated 29th in the world with an Elo coefficient of 2,683, will compete in the Cup.

In the 2004's Cup in Libyan capital Tripoli, he earned the number eight spot, Cuba's best ever result. It will be national champion Bruzon's fourth Cup. He has an Elo of 2,607. His best result was reaching the third round in the 2005 competition.

The Cup has attracted 128 players from 39 countries. It is played using a knockout system, of two matches in each round. Tie breaks are settled with two 25-minute games followed by two five-minute games if needed.

If two rounds of tie breaks still do not yield a result, the game will be decided by a match where the player playing white has five minutes versus four minutes for black.

Editor: Sun Yunlong

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