Cuban-American Grand Master Leinier Domínguez qualifies for quarterfinals of 2023 Chess World Cup

Leinier Domínguez & José Raúl Capablanca

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He was born in Cuba, but, like so many others of his countrymen, he eventually fled. And he is now representing the USA in the Chess World Cup championships.

Is he the next Capablanca? Cuban grandmaster José Raúl Capablanca (1888-1942) was the game’s World Champion from 1921 to 1927, and is still considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Capablanca was lucky enough to die before Cuba was destroyed by the Castro brothers.

Loosely translated from Periodico Cubano

Cuban chess grandmaster (GM) Leinier Domínguez, with an ELO of 2,739 points, qualified for the first time for the quarterfinals of the 2023 Chess World Cup, which takes place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.

Dominguez, who represents the United States in international competition, achieved this historic result for his career in a matchup against Russian-Serbian GM Alexey Sarana. In the first game, the Cuban-American won the victory, after 34 plays where he applied the Sicilian defense.

The contenders agreed to a draw in the second game of this match in the round of 16. With these results, Domínguez added a 1.5 against .5 advantage to advance to the next phase of the tournament.

He will now face the Italian-American Fabiano Caruana, the third ranked in the world with an ELO of 2,782 and one of the favorites to win the contest.

The Cuban-American has already secured a $35,000 prize. This amount could increase to USD 50,000 if he manages to qualify for the semi-finals. The cup champion will receive a prize of USD 110,000.

Dominguez is currently ranked 16th in the International Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking. In July 2019, the chess player managed to position himself in eighth place, the highest position he has reached in this climax.

After going into exile due to his differences with the regime and obtaining American nationality, the native of Havana is currently the best active chess player born on the Island.

3 thoughts on “Cuban-American Grand Master Leinier Domínguez qualifies for quarterfinals of 2023 Chess World Cup”

  1. If he were still living in and playing for Cuba, the official Cuban media would be making a huge big deal out his success so far at this competition. As it happens, it only mentioned him once he made the quarterfinals, but it described him as a naturalized American without saying he was Cuban. Typical Castro class.

  2. Asombra,

    Also, if he were a Chicano, he would be a leading story in the NYT/MSNBC/CNN, etc…. They would be carrying on about how a LATINE/LATINX/POC or whatever new name they call “Latinos’ is being competitive in the racist, white elitist world of chess championship.

    By the way, did you know that Miami Community College is actually competitive on the US chess tournament world going up against Harvard, Yale and Princeton thanks to Cuban chess players and the media hasn’t said a world?

    Again, since its Cuban Americans and not chicanos, its not newsworthy.

    • Yes, he’s not only Cuban but an exile, meaning he qualifies as one of “those people,” so no fuss for him. I suppose if he were to win the tournament or make the finals something would have to be said, at least in Miami, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Also, he’s obviously white, so no help there, either.

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