Cuba chess champion to play Ukraine's Ivanchuk
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- 11 / 23 / 2006
Ivanchuk, the defending champion and the world's number six player with a 2,741 Elo rating, beat Cuban grandmaster Lzaro Bruzn, Elo 2,648, after 48 moves in four hours with a Ruy Lopez Opening.
Nogueiras, who with 2,554 is the champion with the lowest Elo in the elite group, scored a surprising win over Russia's Evgeny Bareev, who is rated 24th in the world, with an Elo of 2,683, after 64 moves from a Slav defense.
He told press was "very comforting" to beat a chess player of Bareev's quality and solidity in the game.
In Tuesday's third game Cuba's Leinier Dominguez, Elo 2,655, and Poland's Kamil Miton, Elo 2,638, agreed a draw after 46 moves from a Ruy Lopez opening.
Wednesday's other games are Miton versus Bruzon and Leinier versus Bareev.
The six grand masters are playing using a round-robin system. A second open group of 50 chess players are playing using the Swiss system.
Cubans Walter Arencibia, Elo 2,530; Frank de la Paz 2,442; and Juan Borges, 2,431, were among the 16 that won their opening games.