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Ermes Espinosa Veloz
Number of games in database: 28
Years covered: 2007 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2526 (2487 rapid, 2362 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2544

Overall record: +3 -9 =16 (39.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (6) 
    B57 B94 B52 B80
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C91 C67 C95 C99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C91 C95 C99
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (4) 
    C07 C11 C15
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   🏆 54th ch-CUB Absoluto
   E Espinosa vs Y Bacallao Alonso (Feb-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   Jorge Marcos Gomez Sanchez vs E Espinosa (Feb-09-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Espinosa vs Carlos Daniel Albornoz Cabrera (Feb-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   K Oliva Castaneda vs E Espinosa (Feb-07-17) 1-0
   E Espinosa vs Y Gonzalez Vidal (Feb-06-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-30-1987, 32 years old) Cuba

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FIDE Master (2003); International Master (2013); Grandmaster (2017).

International Master norms (1)

Espinosa's first three IM norms were gained at the Group 2 Championship of Cuba in February 2011, the Capablanca Memorial Open in Havana in May 2012, and the Capablanca Open which ended on 1 May 2013 with Espinosa scoring the 6/10 he needed for his 3rd IM norm. His application for an IM title was not lodged until after two more norms were achieved in 2015, namely from the Cuban Championship in February and at the XXIV Guillermo Garcia Tournament Elite Group in June 2015, in both cases scoring well above IM norm requirements. The norms from the Group 2 Championship in 2011 and from the Cuban Championship 2015 are also GM norms.

Consequently, his IM title comes into effect on 1 May 2013 as his rating was above 2400 at the time. Another GM norm (in the 2016 Carlos Torre Repetto Memorial) earned him the GM title as his rating had exceeded 2500.


Espinosa won the 9 April National (2) in 2003 and the ESFA Cup Group 1 in 2005. He also placed =1st at the Leoncio Vidal In Memoriam played in Camajuani in May 2006 alongside Orelvis Perez Mitjans and at the Elite Battle of Ideas tournament staged in Cardenas, Matanzas in June 2006 alongside Humberto L Blanco Ronquillo. In 2007 he was the clear winner in the 2nd Remberto Fernandez Memorial (Group Torre) tournament with 7/10. In July 2008, he was outright first at the Luis Concepcion Santa Clara Villa with 7/9. In October 2010 he won the Villa Clara Provincial Final with 8/10 ahead of Diasmany Otero Acosta. In February 2011, he was 2nd at the University Championship in Havana. In May 2012 he was =7th at the Capablanca Memorial Open, and gained his 2nd IM norm. In September 2014 he was =1st with 5.5/8 alongside Roberto Garcia Pantoja and Mariano Ortega Amarelle at the XIII Andres Clemente Vazquez tournament. Two months later he won the Final Provincial de Villa Clara 2014 with 7/9. In June 2015 he was =1st at the 24th Guillermo Garcia (Elite Group) with 6/9, winning the event on tiebreak ahead of Omar Almeida Quintana.


<National> Espinosa won the Cuban Championship Group 2 qualifier in January 2011, thereby gaining his first IM norm (also a GM norm), and was second in the Cuban Championship in 2015 with 9/13, half a point behind Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez and sufficient to earn a GM norm.

<World> He qualified via his 2nd placement at the Zonal 2.3 Santa Elena in Ecuador to play in the World Cup (2015). There he met and lost in the first round match to Russian super-GM Sergey Karjakin, thereby bowing out of the event.

Sources and references

(1); (2) Marks the general strike in 1958: Wikipedia article: Timeline of the Cuban Revolution

Wikipedia article: Ermes Espinosa Veloz

Last updated: 2019-07-30 04:36:58

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Espinosa vs R Vera  ½-½422007Cuban ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
2. H H Hernandez vs E Espinosa  ½-½422007Cuban ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
3. E Espinosa vs J Borges Mateos  0-1602007Cuban ChampionshipC11 French
4. E Espinosa vs F De la Paz  ½-½422007Cuban ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. H L B Ronquillo vs E Espinosa  ½-½502007Cuban ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. E Espinosa vs O Almeida Quintana  1-0312007Cuban ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
7. O Perez Mitjans vs E Espinosa  0-1152007Cuban ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
8. J Nogueiras vs E Espinosa  ½-½682007Cuban ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
9. E Espinosa vs I R Ortiz Suarez  ½-½422007Cuban ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. E Espinosa vs R O Perez Garcia  0-1582009Final Provincial 2da EtapaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. E Espinosa vs M Bluvshtein  0-1472011Capablanca memorial 46 PremierC67 Ruy Lopez
12. Y Bacallao Alonso vs E Espinosa 1-0342015Capablanca Memorial PremC15 French, Winawer
13. Karjakin vs E Espinosa 1-0552015World CupC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
14. E Espinosa vs Karjakin 0-1452015World CupC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. E Espinosa vs E Cordova  1-051201628th Carlos Torre MemA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
16. E Espinosa vs V Durarbayli  ½-½25201628th Carlos Torre MemC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
17. Y Quesada Perez vs E Espinosa  ½-½72201628th Carlos Torre MemC11 French
18. I R Ortiz Suarez vs E Espinosa  ½-½31201628th Carlos Torre MemC07 French, Tarrasch
19. Onischuk vs E Espinosa  1-035201628th Carlos Torre MemD85 Grunfeld
20. E Espinosa vs Camilo Ernesto Gomez Garrido  0-133201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. L S Martinez Duany vs E Espinosa  ½-½20201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. E Espinosa vs I R Ortiz Suarez  ½-½36201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. L Bruzon Batista vs E Espinosa  ½-½10201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoA15 English
24. E Espinosa vs Y Gonzalez Vidal  ½-½99201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
25. K Oliva Castaneda vs E Espinosa 1-027201754th ch-CUB AbsolutoC07 French, Tarrasch
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