Chess players from Cuba, Peru, Canada and Argentina lead the Americas Championship in Havana

This content was published on May 9, 2023 – 22:25

Havana, May 9 (EFE) – Chess players from Cuba, Peru, Canada, Argentina and Chile topped the Women’s Continental Championship of the Americas on Tuesday, after the third round held as part of the International Capablanca Championship in Havana.

The tournament, which hands out tickets for the next World Cup, brings together more than 70 competitors for a tournament of quick comparisons and classic games.

In the rapid tournament after the first three rounds, Cuba’s Yanela Forgas took first place followed by Peru’s Daisy Currie and Ann Chumpetaz, both of 2.5 units.

Likewise, Cubans Lisandra Ordaz and Yrisbel Miranda with Canadian Svetlana Demchenko and Argentinean Candela Francisco stand out in the manner of classic matches.

In parallel, the 56th edition of Capablanca in Memoriam – which is played in the elite, open and senior divisions – continues its scheduled rounds four days before the final.

The elite group, which is the group with the highest ranking with the participation of 10 Grand Masters (GM), is headed by Brazilian Alexandre Fier and Danish Jonas Pierre, who each collect four points after five of the nine scheduled performances.

In the World Open, which has 143 competitors, Canadian Bator Samboev and Spaniard Jose Fernando Cuenca lead, along with Cubans Ermis Espinosa, Camilo Gomez, Roberto Elías and Christian Vetter, all with five units.

The first segment, called for 60-year-old players, was led by Cuban Juan Carlos Perez with 4.5 lines out of five.

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The tournament is dedicated to José Raúl Capablanca Graubera, the great leader of Cuba, who was world champion from 1921 to 1927, and who has been described as a “chess-playing machine”.

Capablanca collected in his career with chessboards a total of 302 victories, 246 tables and 35 defeats, he was the only world champion that Cuba had and his career was recognized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). EFE


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