Fri, 2009-06-19 12:06.
Boosted by a crowd of supporters, Cuban Grand Master (GM) Leinier Domínguez (ELO 2721) won over German GM Geor Meier (2641) on Wednesday to take the title in the Elite Group at the Capablanca Memorial Chess Tournament ongoing in Havana.
Domínguez had to win the game, his last of the tournament, to assure first place, as his rival still has one game left to play.
With the win, Leinier finished the tournament with 6.5 of a possible 10 points and will gain slightly in his ELO rating.
Leinier Domínguez will not take a much-deserved vacation and may not see action again until the Pan-American Team Championships to be held August 8 to 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rounding out the Cuban team in Rio will be GMs Lázaro Bruzón (2617), Yuniesky Quesada (2596), Fidel Corrales (2574), Holden Hernández (2573) and Neuris Delgado (2572). The Capablanca tournament finishes on Thursday with matches that will determine the group leader in the Open category.
Elite Grup (9th Round)
Leinier-Meier (1-0) Bruzón-Timofeev (draw) Khenkin-Savchenko (draw)
Elite Standings (after 9 rounds):
1.- Leinier Domínguez (6.5 of 10) 2.- Georg Meier (4.5) 3.- Boris Savchenko (4.5) 4.- Lázaro Bruzón (4.5 de 10) 5.- Artyom Timofeev (4) 6.- Igor Khenkin (4)
Premier Grup (9th Round)
Neuris-Yuniesky (draw) Fidelito-Córdova (draw) Holden-Potkin (1-0)
Premier Standings (alter 8 rounds):
1.- Neuris Delgado (6.5 of 10) 2.- Vladimir Potkin (5.5) 3.- Emilio Córdova (5.5) 4.- Yuniesky Quesada (4) 5.- Holden Hernández (3.5) 6.- Fidel Corrales (3)
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