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  • 07 / 06 / 2007

Cuban national champion Grand Master (GM) Lázaro Bruzón (2605 elo rating) heads the Cuban six-member team that will participate in the Pan American Chess Championship that begins on July 10th in Cali, Colombia.

Bruzón, who won the 2005 edition of the regional event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, leads the squad that also includes GMs Walter Arencibia, Neuris Delgado, Jesús Nogueiras, Holden Hernández and Yuniesky Quesada.

Sources of the Cuban Chess Federation confirmed that International Master (IM) Aryam Abreu, who had excellent results during the national championship earlier this year, completes the island's team.

The Colombian event will grant seven tickets for the World Cup later this year, although Bruzón's goal in the tournament will be to keep the crown he won in Buenos Aires as he already classified for the world event during a regional contest held last month in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Nearly 200 players from 25 countries will participate in the Pan American championship in Cali including GMs Julio Granda of Peru, Giovani Vescovi and Rafael Leitao of Brazil, American Alexander Shavalov and Canadian Kevin Spraggett.

Two years ago, Bruzón (2605 elo rating) accumulated 8.5 points of a possible 11 in a contest attended by 152 players.

Source: Periodico26

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