Tbilisi, Georgia, Sep 5.- Cuban grandmasters Lazaro Bruzon, Yusnel Bacallao and Yuri Gonzalez will represent Cuba at the 2017 World Chess Cup, which will start in this capital after the ceremony for the draw and the opening of the tournament.
Bruzon, a player with 2,651 points ELO, will match Spanish Grandmaster David Anton, 94th place of the world ranking with 2,656 points.
Bacallao has 2,573 points ELO and will match Russian Vladimir Fedoseev, a player with 2,731 points ELO, in the 28th position in the world ranking.
Gonzalez is a player with 2,547 points ELO, and will face Indian Pentala Harishrishna, number 20 of the world ranking.
Other Latin American players participating in this edition of the World Cup will be Paraguayan-Cuban Neuris Delgado, Peruvian grandmaster Emilio Cordova, Argentinean Sandro Mareco, Peruvian Jorge Cori, Argentinean Leandro Krysa and Diego Flores, besides Brazilian Felipe de Cresce, Alexander Fier and Paraguayan Axel Bachmann.
In the World Cup, the players face each other in two matches with a control of long time. If there is a tie, quick chess matches are carried out, and an ‘all-or-nothing’ match is disputed to determine the winner. The tournament is one of the classificatory ones for the Tournament of Candidates to the World Championship.
Cuban grandmaster Leinier Domínguez keeps on heading the best Latin-American and Caribbean chess players after the last update of the ranking of the International Chess Federation, which Norwegian Magnus Carlsen now leads.
The 27-year-old Norwegian World Champion has an Elo coefficient of 2,827 points, and precedes Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,804), who climbed from the eighth position up to the second, while Russian Vladimir Kramnik goes third with 2,803 points Elo.
Armenian Levon Aronian goes fourth with 2,802 and American Fabiano Caruana was placed in the fifth place of the world ranking with 2,799.
Dominguez anchored in the 22th place with 2,739, equalled with Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem and Polish Radoslaw Wojtaszek. (Prensa Latina)