Monday, 12 February 2018 17:05

GM Yuri González Becomes Cuba's Chess Champion

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GM Yuri González Becomes Cuba's Chess Champion Photo: ACN

Havana's Yuri González won the Cuban Men's National Chess Championship for the first time last Sunday.

Havana, Cuba.- González, who ranked second last year, beat Omar Almeida in the final round and totaled 5.5 points, same amount of three other players but he became champion by having better tiebreak than his opponents.
Isn Ortiz, Ermes Espinosa and Yasser Quesada escorted González in that same order.
Ortiz, monarch in 2013, 2014 and 2015, drew with Quesada in the final game, while Espinoza defeated Camilo Gómez, who ranked last with 2.5 units.
The new champion thus earned a direct ticket in the team that will attend the upcoming FIDE 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia.
According to FIDE Internacional Referee Jose Luis Ramírez, the Blitz event will take place today and will be attended by Lázaro Bruzón, five-time Cuban champion who didn't participate in the classical event not to affect his ELO coefficient (2673). (acn)

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