Cuban GM Leinier Dominguez finished 4th in the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship, won by Norway's Magnus Carlsen again.
The "Idol of Guines" as he's nicknamed, scored 10.5 points in 15 rounds, the result of 7 wins and 7 tables, 1 against Carlsen, leader of the world rankings.
Leinier, seeded on the 13th step for his ELO of 2749 points, just lost his 1st match, and his performance earned him to add several points in the ranking.
Norwegian Carlsen was escorted by Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and Azerbaijani GM Teimour Radjabov.
The rise of the Cuban wrestler Ismael Borrero to the top of the world rankings in the 59 kg Greco-Roman style, is outstanding note for fans of the discipline in Cuba.
Borrero went on to lead his division after winning the globe medal held in Las Vegas, USA, where he filed 6 wins.
The 3 times Pan-American monarch and champion in Veracruz-14 was intractable in the Las Vegas World Cup, where in the end he won by technical superiority to a favorite, Azeri Rovshan Bayramov, world medalists and Olympic runner-up in Beijing-08 and London-12.
However, the stellar Mijail Lopez (130) gave in the mandate in the listing to his executioner in Las Vegas, Turkish Riza Kalyaap, the only one in the world event who, together with Russian Khasam Baroev, have defeated him more than 3 times in the last 12 years.
Miguel Martinez (66) in the 19th step, and Yasmany Lugo (98), at 14th place, provided the other presence of Cuba in the top 20 of the world cap, where the Azeri Razul Chunayev (71), the Russian Roman Vlasov (75), the Turkish Selcuk Cebi (80), and Ukrainian Zhan Belenyuk (85) are the remaining numbers one.
Cuba is getting close to the title by nations at the World Boxing Cup, which has been elusive to the Caribbean island for a decade now, with 6 Cuban boxers already qualified to the finals.
Yosbany Veitia, Lazaro Alvarez and Julio Cesar La Cruz would join to Joahnys Argilagos, Arlen Lopez and Erislandy Savon, who secured their tickets the day before.
In particular, the major attention has been drawn by flyweight Argilagos, who could become world champion at just 18 years old, and Wednesday will be the first final in which Lopez will face the Uzbek Bektemir Melikuziev for the title, while Argilagos and Savon will fight against Russian Vasily Egorov and Evgeny Tischenko, respectively.
The next day, Veitía will fight against Azerbaijanian Elvin Mamishada, whose compatriot Albert Selimov will be the contender for Cuban Alvarez and Cuban star La Cruz will go against Irish Joseph Ward, a man who La Cruz has defeated earlier.
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