HAVANA.- Grand Master (GM) Leinier Domínguez and
eight players over 2,700 Elo points will be thev attraction in
the San Sebastian chess tournament, which begins next Wednesday in that Spanish
Dominguez (2712) is the sixth in the seeding announced on the
website of the organizers, who devised the famous festivals honoring those
played in that city in 1911 and 1912.
Those gathered the best in the world of the chess at
the time and were considered the beginning of the modern tournaments,
from the formats and rules adopted.
That of 1911 has special significance for Cuba, for the victory
of Jose Raul Capablanca, who at 22 years of age, issued the
first clear signs of the great talent that he would be World champion.
This one which will start three days from the end of this year will
have, among the other players, Azeri Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2733), Ruslan Ponomariov
(2723) and Alexander Moisenko (2715) of the Ukraine and
the Frenchman Etienne Bracot (2714). Others will be German Arkadij Naiditsch (2712),
Czech Viktor Laznicka (2703) and the Frenchmen Maxime Vachier Lagrave (2710)
and Laurent Fressinet (2 700).
As published, in every match of his Principal group will play
two simultaneous games, one with white pieces and the other with
black, and will advance as in the KO system. The difference is
that the losers will not be eliminated, but descend to the B
section, as agreed by the Swiss system.
This particular form of play will determine that the event does
not affect the ranking. The list already has over 80 registered,
although the invitation is still open.(AIN)