Monday, November 10, 2008

Cuba's Leinier Dominguez becomes world's blitz chess champion

[13:46] 10.11.2008,

Cuban Grand Master Leinier Dominguez added another incredible notch to his already prolific career by winning the Almaty Blitz Chess World Championships, which was conducted on November 7-8 .

Dominguez won the tournament undefeated with 11.5 points, accumulated from his 8 victories and 7 draws against most of the major players in the world ranking.

Leinier beat Russians Alexander Grischuk and Alexander Morozevich (second in the world ranking), Hungarian Judith Polgar, Azerbaijan's Shakhriar Mamedyarov, French Vlad Tkachev, Israeli Boris Gelfand, Egyptian Amin Bassem and host Murtas Kazhgaleev.

Also, he drew against now former champion Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk, Sergey Rublevsky, Teimour Radjabov, Gata Kamsky, Krihrian Sasikiran, and Peter Svidler, another of the elite players.

Leinier, born on September 23rd 1983, was compared by specialists that attended this tournament, with late Jose Raul Capablanca (World Champion 1921-1927).

This is the forth world title a Cuban obtains, after the Junior World Championships titles won by Walter Arencibia (1986) and Lázaro Bruzón (2000).

Chess Base Report

Dominguez-Perez wins World Blitz Championship in Almaty


JG: WOW! What a great accomplishment. Congratulations Leinier!

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