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Cuban Grand Master (GM) Lázaro Bruzón (2617 ELO) won the zonal chess tournament that concluded on Thursday in Costa Rica, qualifying this way for the forthcoming World Cup to be held from November 20 to December 15 in Russia.

The other ticket to the World Cup offered by the tournament went to Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (2528 ELO), who ended up in second place with seven points, the same amount as Bruzón.

Cuban GM Neuris Delgado (2572 ELO) ended third with 6.5 points.

Delgado, champion of the Premier group in the last Capablanca Memorial Tournament, lost with white pieces in the second round to Salvadorian International Master (GM) Lemmys Arias (2406 ELO) and this cost him the qualification. After this defeat, he beat Iturrizaga, but ended in a draw with Colombian Master FIDE (MF) Johann Echavarría (2379 ELO), also with white pieces.

Cuba will try to look for another three tickets to the World Cup in the future Pan American Individual Championships, to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from July 25 to August 2. Attending this competition will be GM Yuniesky Quesada (2596 ELO), Fidel Corrales (2574 ELO) and Holden Hernández (2573 ELO).

Delgado may be included in this team, but for the time being this is just a hypothesis.

Cuban GM Leinier Domínguez (2721 ELO) had already qualified given his outstanding position in the world ranking.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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