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Without consideration, the Cuban Grand Master (GM) Leinier Domínguez (2683) took advantage of the white pieces this Wednesday and, with an awesome attack, finished off the young German David Baramidze (2569) to advance to the third round of the World Chess Cup being played in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

It had to be so, according to the position of both in the world rankings, where the Cuban is in 30th place and the European isnt in the first hundred. Thats why Leinier came out aggressive from the beginning and in 29 moves destroyed the Sicilian defense employed by his opponent.

In this way, the Havanan has already assured himself a place among the 32 best of the contest and waits for his next rival, who will come from the tie break to be disputed today between the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen (2714) and the German Arkadij Naiditsch (2639), who drew in their classic round.

Either of them will be a hard nut to crack, although the former has more merit from his position 16 in the world rankings. He is a boy prodigy who has progressed, without complexes, into the ranks of the top chess players in the world for some while. So much so, that they call him the Mozart of chess and they compare his style with that of the celebrated Bobby Fischer. I admit it: I would love to see him play against Leinier.

Another that boasts similar characteristics is the Ukrainian youngster Sergey Karjakin (2694) who eliminated the Chinese Pengxiang Zhang (2644) and will also be in the third round. Ill let you into a secret: I dream of seeing these young players one day soon in our Capablanca Memorial Tournament. Wouldnt that be something?

As for the other results, the Ukrainian star Vassily Ivanchuk (2787) will have to go to a tie breaker with the Russian Alexander Galkin (2608), after sharing honors in the conventional games. But «Chucky» still has hopes, unlike the Azerbaijani Teimour Radjabov (2742) who lost to the «electric» Pole Bartlomiej Macieja (2606) and from these heights is on his way home.

The other favorites soldiered on, although only the Russian Peter Svidler (2732) did it with a clean sheet, defeating the Slovenian Dusko Pavasovic (2597) twice. Without doubt, Svidler is difficult. A few days ago his was the best first board in the European team championships and now he has four successes in a row in the Cup. Will this be his great moment?

From the rest, the sensational victory of the Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov (2705) over the Chinese Hao Wang (2643), with black to equal the match, was outstanding. But, like he did in the previous round against the Egyptian Essam El Gindy (2503), the former world champion will have to impose himself again in the tie breaker if he wants to arrive on the other bank.

The Leinier Game

Leinier-Baramidze 1. e4 c5 2. Cf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Cxd4 Cf6 5. Cc3 Cc6 6. Ag5 e6 7. Dd2 Ae7 8. O-O-O Cxd4 9. Dxd4 O-O 10. f3 a6 11. h4 b5 12. Rb1 Dc7 13. Dd2 Ab7 14. Ad3 Tfd8 15. Ce2 e5 16. Cc3 Tac8 17. Axf6 Axf6 18. Cd5 Axd5 19. exd5 e4 20. Axe4 Dc4 21. g4 Te8 22. g5 Ae5 23. h5 b4 24. Th4 Db5 25. Ad3 Dc5 26. Tc4 Dxc4 27. Axc4 Txc4 28. Te1 Tec8 29. Dd3 (1-0)
(Juventud Rebelde)

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