Leinier Stays Focussed

The chess player from Mayabeque Leinier Dominguez begins on Sunday his wanderings in the 32nd European Club Championship

By: Javier Rodriguez Perera

Email: digital@juventudrebelde.cu

2016-11-08 | 16:36:40 EST
Photo: Raúl PupoZoom

With no more than the desire to preserve or improve this splendid moment that he possesses, with no more aspiration than to keep adding on points to his ELO, the chess player from Mayabeque Leinier Dominguez (2752) begins today his wanderings for the 32nd European Club Championship , which runs until November 12 at the Park Hotel, in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, under the Swiss system of seven rounds.

Dominguez "rests" in the second chair of the Russian Mednyi Vsadnik squad, one of 62 that are recorded on the website of the event. Each team usually has eight players in each match although only six are exponents in action, so Leinier has as companions Russians Peter Svidler (2742), Nikita Vitiugov (2718), Maxim Matlakov (2691), Ildar Khairullin (2630), Vladimir Fedoseev (2673), Israel's Maxim Rodshtein (2696) and Chinese Xiangshi Bu (2698).

It is worth remembering that the Cuban’s presence in this strong competition is due to his coronation in the Russian Team Championship, held in May this year in Sochi. At that time, his team scored six wins, a draw and one loss at the opening date that allowed it to finish the performance with an unbeatable 13 points; while the Antillean faced eight games, he had one win two loses and five draws, valid for a total of 3.5 points.

Although Mednyi Vsadnik is one of the teams armed with more credit to win the pennant, undoubtedly the most favorite is the current monarch of this tournament, the Russian Siberia, which boasts super chess players like Vladimir Kramnik (2810) Dutchman Anish Giri (2767) and Alexander Grischuk (2751).

Translated by ESTI

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