L Bruzon 
Lazaro Bruzon
Number of games in database: 596
Years covered: 1999 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2678
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717
Overall record: +192 -94 =266 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      44 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B90 B30 B92 B42 B50
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C67 C92 C78 C77 C80
 French Defense (20) 
    C11 C19 C18 C00 C10
 English (17) 
    A15 A13 A16 A10
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B91
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A30 A33 A39 A36 A35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B90 B40 B46 B52 B92
 Ruy Lopez (48) 
    C67 C99 C91 C69 C97
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D35 D31 D36
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D45 D47 D43 D46 D48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C99 C91 C97 C95 C92
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B92 B96 B99 B95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Bruzon vs Anand, 2006 1-0
   L Bruzon vs L Dominguez, 2004 1-0
   L Bruzon vs E Perelshteyn, 2000 1-0
   L Bruzon vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2012 1-0
   L Bruzon vs D Fridman, 2004 1-0
   L Bruzon vs A Ramirez, 2004 1-0
   Beliavsky vs L Bruzon, 2004 0-1
   L Bruzon vs B Macias Murillo, 2012 1-0
   L Bruzon vs Timman, 2012 1-0
   L Bruzon vs Krasenkow, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   Capablanca Memorial ELITE (2004)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   XVIII Carlos Torre Memorial KO (2005)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   World Cup (2011)
   Baku Open (2011)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)
   8th Edmonton International (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Bruzon by Nicocobas
   Iberoamerican 2012 by Nicocobas
   2011 American Continental Championship by gauer
   Eight Latin American Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez
   kelcise83's favorite games by kelcise83

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(born May-02-1982) Cuba

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IM (1999); GM (1999).

GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista was born in Cuba, and began to compete internationally during his teenage years, gaining his Grandmaster title in 1999, 32 days after gaining his IM title. (1) In 2001 he became World Junior Champion and won the Lausanne Young Masters event, ahead of future top-ten players Ruslan Ponomariov, Etienne Bacrot, and Levon Aronian, among others.

In 2004 Bruzon entered FIDE's top 100 by winning the B-group of the Corus Chess Tournament at Wijk aan Zee. He also became Cuban champion in 2004, and that fall he scored 8.5/11 on second board at the Calvia Olympiad, recording a 2771 performance rating.

Bruzon's steady rating gains continued into 2005, when he made an even score at the Corus Chess Tournament (2005) against an average opposition rated well over 2700. Other successes that year included a second consecutive Cuban Championship and the American Continental Championship (2005) at Buenos Aires 2005. First Ibero-American Champion at Ayamonte 2006 [brasilbase-1]. He won the Cuban Championship in 2009 also.
In 2011 Champion of the Americas Continental at Toluca, sharing 1st place with Mark Bluvshtein, Giovanni Vescovi and Yuniesky Quesada Perez. At the World Cup (2011), Bruzon defeated Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Francisco Vallejo-Pons and Le Quang Liem in the first three rounds, but lost to Ruslan Ponomariov during the blitz tiebreaker after drawing the classical games and both sets of rapid-play tiebreakers. His very successful participation (7.5/8 - +7 =1 against 6 GMs and 2 IMs*) in the Catalan team events in Spain launched him into the 2700 club for the first time. He competed in the 4th Ibero-American Championships held in Quito in Ecuador, winning his preliminary group and making the final, but came 3rd in the playoff for the top places. The Ecuadorian Chess Federation advised that it would not recognise the event for FIDE rating purposes, but it appears that it either changed its decision in this respect or FIDE took the matter into its own hands, and subsequently recognised the event in the October rating period. In July 2012, he played in the Quebec Invitational Open, and scored outright 2nd with 7/9, a half point behind Wesley So. He played second board for Cuba at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul scoring close to par at 8/11 and finished 2012 by winning the 3rd JAHV McGregor tournament in Bogota, Colombia and the Internacional Copa AES 2012 held in the Dominican Republic.

Bruzon started 2013 by playing 2nd board for Cuba at the 9th Panamerican Team Chess Championship held in Brazil, the winner of which would qualify to play in the World Team Championships to be held later in 2013. Unfortunately for Cuba, while Bruzon scored a reasonably solid 4.5/6 (+3 =3), his country placed 2nd behind the USA. Since then he has had a couple of poor tournaments, including 7/10 in the relatively weak Capablanca Open that was held at the same time as the annual round robin Capablanca Memorial elite event, and a mediocre =6th at the American Continental championship, insufficient for him to qualify for the 2013 World Cup - between these two tournaments he shed 20 rating points. He won the Zonal 2.3 tournament held in Costa Rica in June 2013 and therefore qualified for the 2013 World Cup. Soon afterwards he won the 8th Edmonton International (2013) with a round to spare ahead of Nigel Short with 8/9 (23/27 in the football scoring system used). A couple of weeks later, Bruzon was =1st (3rd on tiebreak behind Varuzhan Akobian and countryman Yuniesky Quesada Perez respectively) with 6.5/9 at the World Open 2013 held in Arlington, Virginia. In his final hit out before the World Cup, Bruzon won the 2013 Quebec Invitational outright with a score of 7/9 and placed =3rd at the 2013 Canadian Open. After the World Cup, he placed outright first in the 1st Azuqueca Chess Classic in Spain, but nevertheless lost 5 rating points. (2) He finished up 2013 by placing =1st in the Panama Open 2013, 7/9 in the IV Jahv Mc Gregor ITT, and =1st in the XXV GM Carlos Torre Repetto in Memoriam Magistral.

Bruzon started 2014 with =1st with 7/9 at the V Abierto Internacional de Alajuela 2014 in Costa Rica, and then followed up with outright 1st on 6/7 at the Campeonato Nacional de Ajedrez Valladolid 2014 in Mexico.

Bruzon qualified for the World Cup (2013) via Zonal 2.3, and defeated Evgeny Najer in the first round but was eliminated from the event when he lost to Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov in the tiebreaker to the second game.

Bruzon's rating as at 1 March 2014 was 2678, making him Cuba's #2 player, the #6 player in the Americas and #71 in the world. His rapid rating is 2682, while his blitz rating is 2710.

Videos: Aman Hambleton and Lazaro can be seen playing in the 2013 Canadian open at

[ (1); (2) Live ratings:; Wikipedia article: L%C3%A1zaro Bruz%C3%B3n *

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 596  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Gonzalez vs L Bruzon  ½-½10 1999 Copa Union de Reyes 4thB01 Scandinavian
2. L Bruzon vs D Bryson 1-040 2000 34th OlympiadB01 Scandinavian
3. L Bruzon vs E Perelshteyn 1-035 2000 World JuniorB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
4. L Bruzon vs V Malakhov 1-068 2000 Wch U20B27 Sicilian
5. A Feijoeiro vs L Bruzon  0-126 2000 Lisbon Chess FestivalB50 Sicilian
6. L Bruzon vs G Vescovi  ½-½56 2000 34th OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. Harikrishna vs L Bruzon  ½-½26 2000 World JuniorD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
8. L Bruzon vs W Arencibia  ½-½21 2000 CUB-chB50 Sicilian
9. H Kallio vs L Bruzon  0-134 2000 34th OlympiadD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
10. H Kallio vs L Bruzon  0-139 2000 World JuniorB25 Sicilian, Closed
11. D Solak vs L Bruzon  ½-½39 2000 World JuniorB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. L Bruzon vs Aronian  ½-½25 2000 Wch U20C87 Ruy Lopez
13. L Bruzon vs I H Labib  1-038 2000 34th OlympiadC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Jakovenko vs L Bruzon  ½-½15 2000 World JuniorB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. M Quinn vs L Bruzon  ½-½18 2000 34th OlympiadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. L Bruzon vs N Kabanov  1-042 2000 World JuniorA10 English
17. L Bruzon vs Acs  1-062 2000 World JuniorB50 Sicilian
18. L Bruzon vs Pavasovic  1-049 2000 Istanbul ol (Men)A13 English
19. L Bruzon vs S Brynell  ½-½35 2000 34th OlympiadC12 French, McCutcheon
20. Oral vs L Bruzon  ½-½65 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thB06 Robatsch
21. L Bruzon vs K Asrian  ½-½33 2000 World JuniorB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. W Arencibia vs L Bruzon  ½-½9 2000 Capablanca mem Elite 35thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
23. L Bruzon vs Sadvakasov  ½-½61 2000 Istanbul ol (Men)A22 English
24. L Bruzon vs J Pitterson  1-036 2000 34th OlympiadA16 English
25. A Kunte vs L Bruzon  1-039 2000 34th OlympiadA08 King's Indian Attack
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Mar-20-12  Penguincw: Bruzon looking to compete in the 4th Iberoamerican Championship.

Apr-17-12  voratco: Steady as he go, plus 25 points, good for #25 in the world live rating. Remarkable ascension since WC 2011.
Apr-17-12  cbpatzer: Currently 4.0/4 and going strong
Apr-18-12  voratco: 5 for 5, amazing run, again.....
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  twinlark: Viva Lazaro!
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  Caissanist: For some reason the wheels come off for Bruzon every year at the Capablanca Memorial (except for 2009 when he managed to draw 9 games out of 10). This year he didn't make it to the tournament at all, withdrawing less than a week before the start for "personal reasons that would impede him from engaging in the tournament with aspirations for a good result", according to an official Cuban press release. There would seem to be something about this event that spooks him badly.
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  twinlark: Pipped at the post in Quebec. Well done anyway.
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  Wyatt Gwyon: What's this guy all repulsed by in the bio picture?
Jul-28-12  veigaman: Enigmatic and talented player, may be the latin version of morozevich!
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  twinlark: He and Dominguez are best of friends but are still deadly rivals. On a good day, he can leave Dominguez in the dust. On a bad day, he leaves himself in the dust.
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  Edmontonchessclub: GM Bruzon has just joined the Edmonton International (June 23-July 1st 2013), in Edmonton, Canada.

Other GM's in the tournament include Nigel Short, Eric Hansen and Victor Mikhalevski. Chessgames covered the event last year, and I believe they will do so again this year.

May-27-13  Kain3: <What's this guy all repulsed by in the bio picture?>

He always looks this way, his stare is actually quite scary over the board. I beleive he's at least as talented as Dominguez, but his play is much more inconsistent.

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  waustad: He'll be playing several events in Canada this Summer. Will we see a change in national affiliation? Maybe he should wait until next Spring if he's thinking of that. I grew up right across Lake Erie from Canada and visited often as a youth. Like many other places I've been to (including where I grew up), I'd rather be there in August than February.
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  waustad: BTW he won the Zonal in San Jose, CR so he'll be playing in the next World Cup.
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  Nicocobas: <waustad> I can't find a link to the Zonal in San Jose. Do you know of one?
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  twinlark: <Nicocobas> The official site (accessed from that site) doesn't seem to yield anything useful.

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  waustad: Thanks <twinlark> I thought I got it from the Spanish chessbase, but I didn't find it there looking again. i might have found it from the news of the day links they have under the birthday players. I don't know.
Jun-30-13  catlover: If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.
Jul-01-13  csmath: <If Bruzón is the 2nd highest ranked player in Cuba, I wonder who Cuba's first ranked player is.>

Wesley So, of course.

Jul-01-13  John Abraham: <catlover> This guy Leinier Dominguez Perez
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  juan31: Felicidades por su triunfo en Edmonton, Maestro L. Bruzon, le deseo muchos triunfos mas.
Jul-06-13  usuario x: <the fourth ranked player in the Americas, behind Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky and Leinier Dominguez Perez>

interesante que los dos cubanos sean los mejores jugadores nacidos en américa de la actualidad

Jul-06-13  Estoc: <usuario x> You're forgetting Fabio Caruana, who was born in Miami.
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  Caissanist: Is there any way to get a list like "best 10 players in the Americas" on the FIDE ratings site? I know that for an individual player it will give the continental ranking, but there doesn't seem to be a way to see the entire list.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
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